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Game of Thrones: Prologue

Maggie Mae


Welcome to my Reread of Book 1 of George R.R. Martin's  "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "A Game of Thrones." I have no set schedule for this, but I DO have a ton of unsupervised time at work, low expectations, and a Kindle. 

In this post, I will recap the Prologue of Game of Thrones (Will) Spoilers for the entire series ahead. 

Characters in this chapter: 

  • Gared
  • Ser Waymar Royce
  • Will

Characters mentioned but not seen: 

  • Mormont
  • Mallister 
  • Maester Aemon
  • Robert 

The Short Version: 

Gared, Waymar, and Will are riding, about eight days from the Wall. They are supposed to be tracking some wildling raiders. Will finds them, dead. Royce wants to investigate because it's his first ranging and he's desperate to prove himself. They are attacked by Others. Royce dies. Will dies. 


This is a pretty interesting chapter. There is a lot more going on than I originally thought. We learn some of the politics at the Wall. Even though all men at the Wall are brothers and they do not meddle in southern politics, the inexperienced Waymar Royce leads the ranging. Despite the fact that he was accompanied by two men with far more experience. Will is a criminal. Gared came as a boy, reasons unknown. Waymar Royce brought his own clothes and equipment, which makes me wonder where the other men get their clothing and other items. 

As far as I can remember, this is one of only two times we actually see the Others. I'm really hoping that we get more Other information in the next books. The descriptions make them sound really cool. (HAHA PUN). Seriously, though, GRRM wrote this before 1996. Maybe he's changed the image in his head as well.  

It's interesting to me, that on the reread, Royce isn't quite as awful as on my first time. He's a highborn male, whose siblings are lords and ladies. Meanwhile, he's taking a vow of chastity while living in harsh conditions with a bunch of criminals. He's still reckless and condesending, but he really wants to prove himself.  Will did not jump down to fight with Royce, either, which might make him a traitor to the watch. I think. I don't remember the vows word for word. He's actually a lot like Jon Snow, with the thinking he's better than everyone. 


Until next time! 


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I'm excited for this series of posts @Maggie Mae   I have watched most of GoT (I think I'm a season behind thanks to being in the hospital/SNF for so long), but I have never read the books, so I know I'm missing background on everyone.

While I'd love to read the books, I just don't read/have as much as I used to (sadly).

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Maggie Mae


I was planning on doing the show as well. I know the first book and show pretty well, so I'd be able to do each episode after the corresponding chapter, or I might just do Season One after the first book, and so on. I haven't decided yet. 

There are Audiobooks, as well, but those tend to put me to sleep. Tor.com had someone doing a first time read of the entire series. She literally just finished last Thursday, if you are interested in spoiler free recaps. 

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I would do season since the chapters and episodes don't correspond.  


I'm in GoT book 5 (barely into it and I am odd in that I read multiple books at the same time).  

Looking forward to your posts.

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ADwD is considered the weakest book. The last Dany chapter... Wowee, I did not need those images. :brainbleach: And I have an iron stomach when it comes to that kind of shit. 

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