New Poll: Final WoT bodycount???

The results are in for our last poll and I'm a bit surprised. When asked which book among a shortlist of the most eagerly anticipated SFF titles I should read prior to retiring, the results are as follows:

- Steven Erikson's The Crippled God (Canada, USA, Europe): 38%
- Patrick Rothfuss' The Wise Man's Fear (Canada, USA, Europe): 30%
- Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves (Canada, USA, Europe): 14%
- R. Scott Bakker's The White-Luck Warrior (Canada, USA, Europe): 9%
- Joe Abercrombie's The Heroes (Canada, USA, Europe): 7%

Hmm, I was expecting Abercrombie to finish at least in third place, possibly in second place. Oh well. . .

As for this new survey, do you believe that any main characters in The Wheel of Time will die in A Memory of Light? And by main characters I'm thinking about people such as Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, Elayne, Nynaeve, Aviendha, Lan, Moiraine, Gawyn, etc. Personally, I'm pretty much convinced that none of them will kick the bucket.

With a death toll of thousands of people throughout Randland during the course of the series, it's kind of weird that none of the main protagonists even came close to death. So I've given up hope that a few curve balls will be thrown our way before the end of Tarmon Gai'don.

Still, I've read on message boards that some WoT fans were terrified that Rand would actually kill Min (no offense, but you have to be kind of stupid to truly believe that would ever happen), or that following Perrin's storyline in ToM kept them at the edge of their seat with the possibility that a certain Forsaken could strike at any moment. . . So I guess that some people are believers. . .

What about you???

12 commentaires:

FW_Kekionga said...

Rand or Lan might die, if I had to choose a main character. But they will probably all live through the power of the fated. I really can't see any of them perishing.

As for the poll, I'm not surprised. Crippled God caps off one of the best fantasy series of all time, and the other three books have been highly anticipated for multiple years or are continuations of series people are already reading. The Heroes is a new series from a prolific author, people don't really have an emotional attachment to the characters yet.

amysrevenge said...

Of them all, the one I could see dying is Mat. Not that I want him to, just that the story could be serveed by it - the Gambler's luck finally running out.

Plus, his timely death could help push Fortuona's development after the Last Battle.

In the end though, I suspect that you're right about them all surviving. I just think that the above is the most likely of a set of very unlikely events.

Mavis said...

Actually, "Heroes" was my #2 most looked forward to on that list...and I am guessing would be in the top 3 for most people. I just have been UBER excited about seeing what Rothfuss has got for us in his second novel.

Blodeuedd said...

Considering Aviendha saw her future I would say..Min dies hehe. And tons more

Anonymous said...

we know for certain of the survival of almost all characters through varous ways of revelations,
1. Most famous is RJ's quote about about post TG Mat-Tuon stories on the seanchan continent.
2. Ofcourse Egey has to remain to be the greatest amyrlin in many ages ( to my sorrow!! )
3. Worse even is the survival of the whole Perrin-Faile saga in the two rivers, which is somewhat confirmed by him chosen to be the "Steward for the DR"
4. Of course Elyane has to be there to suck up to the Kin and stand as a barrier between Seanchan and Tar Valon
5. Avi and Aiel have to go on...the whole "remnant of the remnant" ....and the transformed waste with more water and fertile land ....
6. Lan ...his whole despair right from New Spring about how the AS did not help, and the last king of malkier ... Nyn will end up being a queen to be able to sit on the same level as Elyane/Egey/Tuon, as Malkier will rise again just as the two rivers did...

7. Overall I do hope Rand and/or Min die.... but RJ (BS) ain't GRRM. Period.

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I tend to think that none of the main characters as defined in your post will die, but I also expect the casualty rate for secondary characters to be high to compensate somewhat for this.

Tree Frog said...

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Phillip H. Tang said...

I think Rand really needs to die. His analogy of climbing that whatever mountain (was it Dragonmount?) was so true. He's given so much; there really is nothing left in him. But then after making that analogy he got some epiphane, so who knows.

Unknown said...

I don't understand why you're quitting, are you just over the blog? I like to come here to find out whats coming out, but man, you really cover everything. Maybe don't be so democratic and just cover the good stuff lol

Anonymous said...

rand doesn't die, he becomes an ascendant and is called the crippled god.

Anonymous said...

I agree it's unlikely that any of the main characters will die. After 20 years and 4+ million words of "safe" traditional fantasy, Jordan isn't going to throw a curve ball just to shock his fans at the very end.

As a minor side note though, in response to the comment that "it's kind of weird that none of the main protagonists even came close to death," I'd point out that at least 2 characters (Aviendha and Mat) actually DID die. Sure, they were balefire ret-con'd back into existence, but that should at least count as "close." Hell, Mat's been dead at least twice, maybe three times.

TankSpill said...

Lan may die, and I could see Min dying as well (but not by Rand's hands). I could also see Elayne dying. I think the Viewing of her kids' health from Min is a bit of a red herring. Aviendha saw 4 of her children in the FutureSpires, two of which looked "like wetlanders." Min's viewing of Aviendha's children said there was something 'strange' about the four of them. I think Elayne is going to do something incredibly stupid and get herself killed, but Aviendha will somehow save the children to become her own.

To Amysrevenge, there's no chance of Mat dying. RJ had planned outrigger novels about Mat and Tuon, set five years after the Last Battle, about them trying to reconquer Seanchan. Since this is still RJ's story, I doubt BS has changed it around to kill off Mat.

I wish Egwene would die...