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I imagined him older as well, I had the impression he'd been around for a bit, maybe in his 40s. But I'm sure this guy will be just fine.
I also loved Martin's comments on how a certain set piece is shaping up for season 4 of the show:
"It looks spectacular. The bride's dress incorporates roses, there are 77 courses at the dinner feast, and there's some wonderful halftime entertainment."
well age is a bit different in that time of the world than it is for us
in the 12th/13th century the average lifespan was 43 years
Sort of. While yes it's not uncommon for people to live to ages far older than the traditional medieval Earth analog, there was a reason for characters like the Stark children to be much younger in the books than they are portrayed as in the show. People "come of age" far earlier in ASoIaF than in the show and that is in keeping with Earth history norms.
Neil Marshall confirmed to be directing in Season 4. Battle at the Wall anyone?. If he can make that as good as Blackwater, i'm even more pumped for S4.
Three Eyed Raven cast.
Looks interesting, hopefully it means they'll be cutting a lot of the "Bran is going North" crap out, worst parts of Dance by far.
Sometimes I feel I'm the only person in the world who actually enjoyed reading Bran and Ironborn chapters.
Look at it like this, the "average lifespan" being 43 years...doesn't actually mean people generally lived to be/died at around 43 years old. If that were the case, the average lifespan would actually be much lower (in the low to mid 20s). People lived to be 70+ all the time. As stated, it was generally the noblemen who did, because they had a much easier lifestyle than peasants. The thing that skews the average, though, is infant mortality. Get a cold as a baby? Dead. Born with a deformity? Dead.
The reality of the matter is, if you lived long enough to escape adolescence you had a very good chance of having a long life. It was just getting over the initial hurdle of infancy when your body doesn't have a fully developed immune system. Think back to as recently as 250 years ago, around the time America was gaining it's independence. Infant mortality rate was huge. It's only been in the last century or so that medicine has advanced enough, and technology has advanced enough to make said medicine readily available for the vast majority of people, that the infant mortality rate has diminished. It's still a huge factor in many of the third world countries though.
That being said, I wouldn't take the fact that there are people in the show who live to be 70+ as cause for labeling it fantasy. My money would be on the dragons, and the whole "dead people coming back to life" part. Just saying.
Edit: As far as Bran goes, I found Cersei, Sansa, and Bran to all have horribly boring chapters UNTIL their characters developed more. Basically Sansa throughout all of books 1 and 2 was horrible. Constant crying and whining and worried about being a "proper lady". Bran was worse, sob story "pity me" bullshit. His got a lot better once he went North though, and Sansa's got a lot better once Ser Dontos...helped her.
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