But I do think that the long seasons in the franchise tend to reinforce some of the larger themes of forgetting and discounting powerful forces that are assumed to no longer be a factor in geopolitics or internal conflicts.
Aton, somewhere, was crying, whimpering horribly like a terribly
frightened child. 'Stars -- all the Stars -- we didn't know at all. We
didn't know anything. We thought six stars in a universe is something
the Stars didn't notice is Darkness forever and ever and ever and the
walls are breaking in and we didn't know we couldn't know and anything
Someone clawed at the torch, and it fell and snuffed out. In the
instant, the awful splendor of the indifferent Stars leaped nearer to
them. On the horizon outside the window, in the direction of Saro
City, a crimson glow began growing, strengthening in brightness, that
was not the glow of a sun.
The long night had come again.
A lot of food is stored. Smoked, salted, packed away in granaries, and so on. The populations along the coast depend on fishing a great deal, and even inland, there is ice fishing on the rivers and on Long Lake. And some of the great lords try and maintain greenhouses to provide for their own castles... the "glass gardens" of Winterfell are referred to several times.
...There are "false springs" and "spirit summers." The maesters try and monitor temperature grade closely, to advise on when to plant and when to harvest and how much food to store.
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