- Maybe the answer to questions of racial identity and such is that Martin is well aware of the generic traditions/constraints/parameters of heredity, and the divine right of kings is a long-cherished facet of fantasy, as otherwise the world of fantasy is one ruled by warlords. Martin seems more interested in exploring how political systems work than in positing right vs. wrong – The Dothroki are ruled by warlord but seem sort of admirable (until they don’t), the Braavosi have an oligarchy that might work except for the endless wars, and he uses lots of examples of the divine right of kings that make that life seem more trouble than it is worth.
- Finally, if ASOIAF is actually a way to work out a type of Gaia theory in which the Earth throws off its fleas (us)…
- wargs will inhabit a special place, and will be the last keepers of human species memory.
- Those who live close to hunter-gatherer type lifestyles (summer islanders, Wildlings, the Greenmen) will also survive somehow
- the CotF will be a key player somehow, maybe as knowledge keepers
- royalty that has had to live outside of wealth will be privileged, as will the Sparrows and the armed branch of the sparrows.
- anyone marked physically (and emotionally) will earn some sort of place in the new world as well
- John Snow must warg, and then hooks up with Bran and Bloodraven and the CotF
- Dany essentially wargs, ruling the Dothraki (centaurs) and eliminating slavery, and maybe by being eaten by her dragons
- Arya becomes truly faceless, egoless, someone who renounces not only her royal heritage but all vestiges of honoring civilization’s rules
- Baratheons, Tyrells, Lannisters outside of Jaime and Tyrion all fade because of their lack of understanding of what’s happen. The Dornish might be okay.
- Young Griff somehow restores the Targaryen fascination with bloodline purity and nicest
- The Others and the Dragons hold power and are the rulers of the planet (in the planet’s stead). Those who think they can be controlled come to bad ends.
- I can’t imagine humans living in harmony with the planet, but how do you finish a novel with humans as small bands of barely sentient hunter-gatherers, living in harmony but not as we see humans?
- Control will still need to happen somehow, but it will be small
- No one can keep their utopias clean – the summer islanders get raided for slaves, the Braavosi have a weird youth culture that values ritualized murder, and even the Brothers without Banners become degenerate
- maybe, just maybe, Martin will allow the series to end with humans a tiny percentage of the living beings on the planet. Monsters will rule (Tyrion, but all those who have been marked bodily), and they will fight other human monsters – the dead mountain comes to mind…