Missing Ned Stark – Has the Game of Thrones Community Lost its Strongest Pillar?
by Olga A.
I have to admit it: I am a perisher for reading other people’s reviews, especially when it concerns books or TV shows which I like myself. It’s not just indulging my inner critic-voyeur, assessing others’ writing style as well as tastes; it is also extremely curious to find out whether the rest of the world thinks in the same vein as you do.
In his article dating back to 30 April (quite an old one already, how we journalists view time), Chris Bennion of UK-based news source, The Mirror, bemoans the absence of Ned Stark from the present season (yes, we know, he gets killed in the first season, all right). And whilst Chris by no means wishes to rip the storyline into pieces by stinging criticism, he states nevertheless that the intricately-jumbled assortment of sub-plots does lack the solid and central character presence to balance it out. The kind of presence that Ned Stark exactly was. And guess what? Although it could most probably hint at a concealed desire to creep up on G R R Martin and plead with him tearfully to re-write the entire “Song of Ice and Fire” series to bring Ned back from the dead (and then to re-shoot the whole series), I share Arya’s sentiment (also mentioned in Chris’ article) – I do sometimes wish that Ned came back from the dead.
A question for ye all, knights and knaves: Do you think that without Ned the storyline has somewhat lost its zest? – Comment below!
Read Chris Bennion’s article here.
About the Contributing Reporter: Olga A.
Hailing from the swirling mists of London, I am a freelance journalist in my free time, and a huge fan of J R Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” as well as an admirer of the “Game of Thrones,” a worshipper of H P Lovecraft, a follower of R. Howard, a Star Wars aficionado and an Ursula Le Guin enthusiast. My other favourite things include Middle Eastern dance (sometimes somewhat discourteously referred to as “belly” dancing), Yoga, sunsets over the dreaming spires of Oxford and plush owls. Oh, and green tea too.