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Winter is coming

Bill Coffin | February 17, 2016

One of the most successful series of fantasy novel sin recent years is George R.R. Martin’s, A Song of Ice and Fire, which is essentially a sprawling re-imagination of England’s War of the Roses, in a world called Westeros where dragons once lived, where dark magic dwells in the shadows, and where the dead walk again. HBO adapted the novels an even more successful television series, A Game of Thrones, and as the sixth season approaches, there is a saying that hovers over the entire plot, the characters that drive it, and the world they inhabit:

Winter is coming.

It is the credo of House Stark, a noble house near the frozen wastelands of the north. They know only too well that in Westeros, winter comes only once or twice a lifetime, but when it comes, it lasts for almost a decade. Those who are unprepared face utter destruction. And so, while other noble houses live by saying such as “Ours is the Fury,” or “Family, Duty, Honor,” House Stark’s words...

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