Holiday greetings to you and yours and welcome to another edition of
where Unsullied, village-idiot, show-watchers only woefully attempt to make sense of
news and views and clues that have been left under the tree during seasons past.
This installment is brought to you by Watchers on the Wall in a partnership with the Uneducated Unsullied Academy of Astapor (UUAA) where a man has been busy training other Unsullied warriors the ins-and-outs of the art of knowing absolutely nothing (Jon Snow campus opening soon).
In keeping with the theme of knowing nothing, our lesson today will focus on the story that apparently won’t be told in season 5.
Please show up to class on time and be prepared to learn very little.
Sullied are encouraged to attend, but are discouraged (heavily) on adding spoiler discussion.
Besides, what else do you have to do? You are either waiting on the jolly fat man to slide down your chimney with a new book, or you are waiting on Santa Claus.
And it is a major storyline with plot points as big as a billboard with a man as big as a house who can only speak one word. This particular storyline is obviously quite important due to the amount of screen time allotment in a series where screen time is a valuable commodity.
You leave us with one of the few remaining Starks (that has not been dismembered or beheaded or stabbed or butchered) under a tree, after being attacked by naked wights who are in turn blown up by mythical fireballs thrown by an odd looking child who could have been an extra in
Meanwhile, you kill off the lead guitarist and arguably the most compelling character in the band while leaving us with the grand cliffhanger of “But you will fly.”
And none of the remaining members of Bran and the Traveling Hodors are expected to be included in the entire next season? Um…
As a parting gift and just to confuse you a little more and throw the masses into frenzy, you start an advertising campaign based on the same storyline, where you flash up visions similar to those of the character who will not be appearing in season 5 and still expect everyone to say “thank you.”
And to further invoke rioting among the masses, you will implore people to sign up but will then show your harsh nature by making it available for viewing only once and only on mobile devices and only to a select few that signed up. Great.
threeeyedraven.com where the show will undoubtedly pick back up (because you know, that would make sense), except Bran who has been seeking the three-eyed raven for the better part of two years won’t be making an appearance in season 5, thus leaving fans with nothing but visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. Cool, huh? Huh? Order Now!!!
You could have saved yourself a lot of trouble and just sent me a glittery seasonal greeting card that said, ”Merry Christmas, fantasy assholes.”
I am sure that somewhere in the far reaches of the internetisverse or Twittersphere or the Book of Faces that there lies the real reason that Bran and company will not be appearing in season 5. However, my job here is to NOT venture in to such territory that could be spoilery or glutted with clues from the written verse.
My oath is my vow to remain Unsullied, from this day until my last day (or until the show reaches conclusion, whichever may occur first).
For how else would a man come up with such an embarrassingly stupid Unsullied theory such as the one you are about to digest?
So before you state the obvious with something along the lines of, “Oz, you are an idiot,” understand that I am well aware and that this statement is indeed true and has long been an established norm.
One of my contributing responsibilities is to give Sullied readers a vision as to the sight of an Unsullied, show-viewer only (pun intended, and don’t worry… this vision will still be here should you decide to refresh later).
Theory #1: Bran’s story arc has simply caught up with the aforementioned written verse.
This seems unlikely since there are two more books before the clock strikes midnight. However, I guess it would be plausible that the best course of action for D&D would be just to hold it up for a season in hopes that Saint Nicholas will shove the next book down the chimney before filming season 6.
But given the fact that the slow-cooking George R.R. Martin has supposedly already shared future secrets of his creation with the show-runners, I find this one highly unreasonable, especially since it has to be a forgone conclusion the show will indeed beat the books to denouement (unless the show goes for 8 seasons, and even then… ).
Besides that, this theory is just too damn simplistic.
Bran and Dany’s story arcs are directly linked and one must catch up with the other.
Yes, I think Bran and Dany’s respective stories will intertwine at some point in the future.
This theory is admittedly based on a couple of important assumptions: 1. That Bran’s journey and subsequent actions are as important to the future of the series as the show-runners have led us to believe, and 2. Dragons can be warged.
I would think it is fairly logical to believe through the eyes of a viewer that Dany, accompanied by her army of Unsullied, the Second Sons, and a trio of dragons, remains the early favorite to end up on the throne when all is filmed and written.
But this piece is based on the importance of the story of that whose characters are NOT expected to make an appearance this coming season (Dany will get her own post later).
Part of what I try to accomplish with these Looking Forward posts is to decipher instances in the show alone that might lead to an idea of where we are headed.
But unlike seasons past, season 4 left a lot more questions than answers due to the heavy amount of deaths that transpired, as well as the plentiful number of remaining characters who are making major location changes.
One of the more information-filled episodes of the season, in my opinion, came from “First of His Name.”
Near it’s conclusion, the intriguing Jojen (damn you people for killing this great character) sees a vision of the weirwood while telling Bran that the rest of them are essentially just in attendance to help him get to the raven and that luckily, Craster’s was indeed not the last stop for him.
Meera inquires as to how they will know the end is near to which Jojen responds, “You’ll know,” while holding up a vision of his hand on fire.
Obviously, this vision could be symbolic of a great many things.
But if you combine this with the earlier vision Bran has of a dragon flying over King’s Landing, and the fact that the dragon in the vision is actually a shadow like a dragon might see if it was looking down, you start getting the idea. Couple this with the tree-rooted man stating “But you will fly,” and just maybe one or two weird-ass show viewers get the same inclination as this village idiot. Then again, maybe not.
If by chance this is somewhat correct, it would make sense that Bran’s traveling side show would need a season on the sideline while Dany cleans up the dumpster fire that is Slaver’s Bay.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that other Unsullied will necessarily comprehend why a cliffhanger will have to be shelved for a year.
But hey, at least we have a new website with disappearing visions that contain one second clips of the new season for the holidays. Merry Christmas!
On a serious note, I sincerely want to thank all of you for helping us build the Wall here at WotW.
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Until next time, Happy Holidays to you and your House and may there always be peace in your realm.
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Hi Oz, David Benioff already explained why Bran will not be showing up in season 5 in an interview with EW.
I think the story WILL be told. A bit. kinda. I’m sullied, I can’t say anything… grr…
1, it wasn’t much of an explanation, and 2, the post is about a lot more than that.
(And anyway- Oz is Unsullied, so Unsullied shouldn’t know what Bran is going to be doing in advance. That’s kind of the point.)
I would have to agree…but I fell as though they could of done some awesome flashbacks through Brans powers (just to keep him relevant)…which I guess they could do without him actually being in the season…thoughts?
cracking up at ‘…the dumpster fire that is Slaver’s Bay’ — Merry Christmas Oz!
I see what you’re saying but since the words came from David Beinioffs mouth I do consider them very minor spoilers in reference to what Bran will be doing.
I do agree that the marketing of the threeeyedraven has been a disaster and poorly executed
You are either waiting on the jolly fat man to slide down your chimney with a new book, or you are waiting on Santa Claus.
You sunuvabish! This is not one of those “I did this when I read this” posts that didn’t actually happen and is only written in order to get attention…. I WAS DRINKING WATER while reading that sentence and coughed it up through my nose! YOU BASTARD!
Yeah I’m deleting ANY POST that has book info in it. Seriously, this is not a new thing. Anything that happens after Three-Eyed Raven says the thing to Bran in the underground tree place is a spoiler.
Wouldnt be surprised actually if there was somehow an appearance from the gang !
As always, great to read you Oz ! Keep up the great work !
I always enjoy reading your POV and it’s great to get a fresh set of eyes on something speculated upon by we spoiled souls…
I feel that Bran’s story has suffered the most from the stubborn refusal to include flashbacks on the show. It’s no suprise why unsullied tv critics are glad he’s taking a season off.
I think the Bran feels like the opposite coin of Daenerys meaning his story is quite disconnected from the going-ons in much of Westeros. However, I do think they have handled Dany better than Bran.
A bit of foreshadowing on who the three eyed raven is could have also gone a long way. Why should show watchers care about Bran and the Three Eyed Raven at this point based on what they’ve seen so far?
Now putting him on the bench for a season only validates the initial opinion of show only watchers about Bran being wasted time(not talking about Oz here but other unsullied based on what reactions I’ve read). Very curious indeed considering they did their best to keep Theon and Jaime involved despite opportunities to also bench them in previous seasons.
If there’s nothing for him to do then I’m quite happy for him not to be in. There’s a lot to cover so why waste the screentime on Bran sitting around doing nothing or filler. I’m hoping that Brienne and Sansa make some legit progress into their WoW storylines or I’d have been all for leaving them on the sidelines a bit this season too. There’s a lot to get it in and they’re already cutting stuff I deem important or at least enjoyed in the book so I want them to make the most of the stuff they are putting in and not filler just to keep a character doing something until they become relevant again.
I want to thank all of you for this site and the experience you bring to us. We are truly lucky. Enjoy your holidays. THANK YOU : )
cracking up at ‘…the dumpster fire that is Slaver’s Bay’ — Merry Christmas Oz!
I came to comment on the exact same thing, love it!
Thanks for another great column, Oz, and Merry Christmas!
I used to feel despair about the glacial pace of Martin’s writing, and I don’t wish to spoil non-book readers, which appear to make up about half of the GoT audience.
A lot is contingent upon when The Winds of Winter gets published. It could answer so many questions. But I doubt we’ll see it until after Season 5 airs. (Come on, George!) More likely, we’ll have it prior to the airing of Season 6, which will heavily feature events in The Winds of Winter…
Season 7 will (probably) be the final season of the show. Benioff and Weiss have said that numerous times. Few people, however, believe that the 7th volume, A Dream of Spring, will be out before Season 7 airs. Which is unfortunate for book readers, but on the bright side, sullied and unsullied alike won’t know what’s happening next in the show, and we’ll all be on the edge of our seats.
Thanks, Oz, for another great post, and a very Merry Christmas to all WOtW staff and community! Thanks, WOtW, for giving us an early Christmas present by establishing this site!
Happy Holidays to all the WOTW staff and all of my sworn brothers (and sisters)- or as the crow states “caw caw”
Non-readers make up WAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY more than half the show’s audience.
Remember though, friends…the girl playing Leaf Octavia Alexandru’s CVs (
It could be a fluke/mistake, of course, but it’s worth reminding folks, innit?
It said months ago though, before they even started filming. I would take that with a massive grain of salt. No, I don’t think we’re seeing Bran or Leaf or any of them.
For the record Oz you are not an idiot. Whether your theories are right or wrong (or somewhere in between) is irrelevant. Based upon the information that you have at hand, your analyses use sound and logical thinking. You’ve at times picked up on things from the show and made connections that I (a sullied) have missed. combined with your humorous style it means I’ll always enjoy reading your posts. And us sullied are getting less and less sullied as plot X gets changed and plot Y catches up with the books. Next year they should all be plot Y. Personally I’m disappointed with the decision to bench Bran and co too. They should have given him something this coming season even if it’s just one scene with little consequence (like Yara’s last appearance) to keep him relevant to the audience. Merry Christmas fellow watchers.
I think the theory was that they’d shot something last year and would put it in s5. There’s no precedent for that in GoT though, so you’re probably right.
Hey Oz, I just gotta say I absolutely loved that intro and missed reading your pieces for a while. Gonna be trying to read you for a while, cheers and Merry Christmas.
Are we allowed to discuss how much unadapted material is left for Bran in the books without discussing actual content? Or is that going to get deleted too. Just wanting to clarify the rules.
I just can’t wait for the season to start!! Been rewatching the 4th season and it’s even more epic a second time around (OK, I’ve definitely watched it more than 2 times…). Just give us a great trailer to drool over for a month or 2!
Boils down to one thing: Contracts. Jamie and Theon are CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED to appear for X amount of time per season.
yeah, I’d say before the end of Season 1 maybe 5% were book readers… maybe 10%. now the show has definitely gotten a lot more people reading the books, but I’d say the percentage of book readers to non is about 8/92%
can’t get into book talk at all- because even getting into chapter quantities is spoiling plus you know people will post more spoilers. This is really meant to be an Unsullied post.
I don’t think they have contractual guarantees. The writers simply felt there was a story to tell there, and they clearly prefer to keep characters around if possible – and I think the negative reactions to, for instance, Theon’s material in season 3 influenced their approach to this issue in subsequent seasons.
You’re really overthinking this and you’ve been misinformed.
Though…up until this moment I never realized how utterly absurd it is to attempt to make a viral marketing campaign based on the “Three-eyed Raven” subplot when the executive producers have OPENLY STATED that they won’t be revisiting it next season.
This is a failure to communicate between the writers and whoever they hired to make their crap viral marketing campaign.
The simple answer seems to be that the show is having trouble juggling too many disparate subplots as it is (in case the Unsullied haven’t noticed…the Greyjoys have barely been in the last two seasons)….and the casting announcements let you know that House Martell of Dorne will be a major feature next season. So faced with juggling so many subplots, and the dreaded risk of Bran’s storyline going past the end of its print material, it just seemed logical to put it on the back burner for a season, completely.
I, for one, think this was probably a smart move…though I wish we’d at least get a Bran cameo in the premiere or finale of Season 5, just to touch base with him.
Seriously. Including how many chapters are left. This is not a post for the Sullied.
Oz, as always, your posts are a joy to read, thank you for your intelligent perspective
Wishing everyone a joyful whatever-you-happen-to-celebrate on this cold dark December night, and may everyone have at least one new book waiting to be read!
Is it possible we still might get visions with Bran and T3ER doing voice overs?
OZ!!! Man, have I missed you! So glad to see you back and in such fine form. Looking forward to more of your Looking Forward posts as we move forward to the premiere date. Just keep us moving forward, ok?
Merry merry and happy happy to the whole community here. Thanks for all of the great entertainment, Watchers!
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