Don’t click through unless you’ve finished the fourth book of A Song of Ice and Fire.
So all in all it was certainly less upsetting than the third book. And less controversial, I’d think.
But I really don’t understand Brienne’s fate. Most of Martin’s cliffhangers and main-character-deaths have profound meaning or send the storyline on a sharp detour, but Brienne’s is just silly. I mean, okay, her story wasn’t really getting anywhere (though I could imagine a resolution which involved her finding and ‘rescuing’ Sansa from Littlefinger), but why would new-Catelyn judge her so harshly? I accept that ‘Lady Stoneheart’ is not Catelyn Stark how we knew her, but if Martin is going to have Stoneheart play a decision-making role (which she’s doing as Dondarrion’s replacement), we need to know her character better. It’s not enough that she wants vengeance for Robb. Live-Catelyn would know that Brienne wouldn’t have left her service, even in death (especially in death, maybe), so is Stoneheart more zombie than alive?
It’s bugging me. Catelyn was a fairly compelling character (until the end when she just continuously pointed out that Robb is an idiot and was going to get himself killed), and so if Martin decided to retain her, through R’hllor/Dondarrion, the least he could have done was given us some character development.