He Wants to Erase this World. And I am its Memory.

Posted: April 25, 2019 by patricksponaugle in Game of Thrones, Opinion, TV
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We’re past the second episode of Season Eight Game of Thrones, and therefore we’ve seen 1/3rd of the final episodes. It’s going by so fast.

Soon we’ll only have our memories to sustain us. (And rewatches. And unpublished books. And people debating on blogs and Reddit for years.)

But speaking about memories … on the Watchers on the Wall website, I’ve just published another feature article talking about the recent episode, and specifically the exchange between Bran Stark and Sam Tarly where Bran asserts that he is the memory of the world.

The scene offered a lot to unpack and I only scratched the surface, to be honest. But I discuss what it means for the Night King to be targeting Bran, what an endless night might mean in this nuanced context, etc.

If you interested in reading the article, with its examples of the preservation of memory in defiance of the White Walkers, how Bran and Sam’s conversation was an echo between Sam talking to a different representative of the institution of memory in Season Seven, etc., just click on the link below.

He wants to erase this world, and I am its memory – the Night King’s goal analyzed

I was pleased to get ~2000 words of analysis out of four lines of dialogue. (If I can toot my own horn, people leaving comments seem pleased too.)

I am looking forward to the upcoming battle at Winterfell, with twists and turns and payoffs and subverted expectations.


(Comments are always welcome. Super welcome! But if you want to talk spoilery Game of Thrones talk with me (also welcome) I’d invite you to visit my Safe Spoilers page on my backup blog. That way my non-book-reading friends won’t be shocked with foreknowledge.)

Image from HBO’s Game of Thrones (obviously.) 

If you liked this article, thank you! I have all of my Game of Thrones related articles on my handy-dandy Game of Thrones page should you want to read more but don’t want to navigate around my site.

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