It really doesn’t need to be said again, but as we’re only two days away from the end of this god-awful year, what’s the harm? 2016 has been a depressing, heartbreaking year for fans of countless talented stars from film, music and television. 2016 has been so jam-packed with death, that even Game of Thrones mastermind George R. R. Martin has decided something needs to be said about it.
Let’s not forget that this is the author who gave us Ned, Robb and Catelyn Stark, only to cruelly take them all away long before it seemed their stories would finish. This is the man who brutally dispatches characters like they are just mere products of his imagination that can be easily forgotten about by legions of fans across the globe. GRRM is the guy who unleashed Joffrey, Ramsay and Cersei upon our unsuspecting eyes. And even he has had enough with 2016.
It takes a pretty serious year to make GRRM mad, and 2016 has only gone and done it. While Game of Thrones book readers wait in eternal hope that the sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series is on its way, GRRM has taken time out to blog about the year that just ‘just keeps getting worse and worse’. Well George, 2016 would have been a little bit better if we could have enjoyed The Winds of Winter, but never mind.
GRRM likes to blog, but it is not the death of Prince, Bowie, Rickman or even Carrie Fisher that really got him blogging yesterday. He does acknowledge that Fisher ‘was way too young. A bright, beautiful, talented actress, and a strong, witty, outspoken woman’, but saves most of the blog post to share his sadness at the news of the passing of Watership Down author Richard Adams.
In the post, GRRM describes Adams as ‘a wonderful writer’ and calls Watership Down a ‘truly amazing book’. He also lists some of Adams’ other books that he recommends, including The Plague Dogs which GRRM found to be ‘such a dark, depressing, angry, gut-punch of a novel that I can’t say I ‘enjoyed’ it.’ Yikes. If GRRM found it dark, it must be pretty hardcore.
Until we get season 7 of Game of Thrones or sixth book of the saga, The Winds of Winter, 2017 might not be able to cheer many of us up either. As GRRM leaves his blog post with the words, ‘Please, let this wretched year come to an end’, it’s impossible to agree any more. Roll on 2017, rest in peace to all those lost in 2016, and may the new year bring us a lot more to smile about!