Don’t ever put your happiness in someone else’s hands. They’ll drop it. They’ll drop it every time.
The accuracy…. it hurts
"WAR ON CHRISTMAS" MUCH, ELF-LENNY?
First of all, I love that ASOIAF is probably the least magical fantasy series I have read and it’s great because you cannot count on magic as deus ex machina every time something bad happens, and even if magic does intervene, it always comes with a twist. But magic does play an important part in the series and judging its evolution in the books, it will become more and more significant.
Magic is the force that will either be the salvation of the seven kingdoms or their destruction. Or both. Magic could save them from the cold winter, but a force that does not depend on the system of intrigues and manpower will most likely be the destruction of the political and military status quo.
The usage of magic and the ones who use it are generally seen as evil, but in my opinion, our wrong and right are very different from their wrong and right. I’ve said it before, most characters in ASOIAF usually act in a way that seems right to them, but not necessarily in our eyes, and that at the core of the story stands the struggle between family-realm-personal happiness and for which of these is it right to fight. Melisandre’s acts may seem evil, but her entire philosophy seems to revolve around “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”, and she might be the only one who sees the big picture. She often points out that winning the political war is not the stake,and that there will ultimately be a battle between death and life.
The story is cleverly constructed in a way that whether you want it or not, you become so involved in the political fight, that you almost forget about the threat of the Others. And the victors of the political war WILL HAVE TO deal with this problem, otherwise everyone and everything will perish. And the fight with the Others will be won by magic, not by Littlefinger’s intrigues, Varys’ plots, Lannister armies or political marriages. Magical characters will play a very important role in the end.
And I personally believe Daenerys will play a key role in the battle against the Others and I base my belief on one of Daenerys’ dreams:
"That night she dreamt she was Rhaegar, riding to the Trident. But she was mounted on a dragon, not a horse. When she saw the Usurper’s rebel host across the river they were armored all in ice, but she bathed them in dragonfire and they melted away like dew and turned the Trident into a torrent."
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
~ Nelson Mandela
My conclusion is that science really is witchcraft and it terrifies me
If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness.