Us fans are a greedy bunch. We put a lot of stock in what we consider canon of a particular property. If some minor detail is mentioned in one book in a series and we can, therefore, extrapolate many other details from that one reveal, those details become canon by association. Very infrequently do we take the time to consider that the arbiters of information could, themselves, be unreliable.
Enter Game of Thrones, a novel series full of so many minute details that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of them all. However, we do know that the era of the golden age of heroes died somewhere around 10,000 years ago, giving way for the Westeros we see in those novels, and it’s around that period that we’re supposedly getting a new spin-off series from HBO.
At least, that’s what we thought. Yes, we are still getting a prequel, but author George R.R. Martin is now injecting some doubt into the timeline as a whole. Here’s what he said to EW.
“‘10,000 years’ is mentioned in the novels. But you also have places where maesters say, ‘No, no, it wasn’t 10,000, it was 5,000.’ . . . So I think it’s closer to 5,000 years. Westeros is a very different place. There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series. [Prequel showrunner Jane Goldman] is a tremendous talent.”
I adore this detail from Martin. Yes, because many of us are canon junkies, we like to get stuck on this idea that there is an agreed-upon history within this world, but the fact there is even contention among maesters is a really cool detail, one that further grays and muddies this world the characters reside in.
I love the uncertainty, as it makes the world feel that much more real to me, in that they only know what the characters have been able to discover about the history, rather than some all-seeing historian in the form of the author.
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