For all the Game of Thrones fans out there, 2018 is going to be quite cold, because the series ain’t coming till 2019! But, to save us all from this tragic melodrama, Samwell Tarly has provides us with quite an infotainment!
A recent mock journal article, written by none other than Samwell Tarly, uses a scientifically-backed climate model of the world described in George RR Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire and depicted in Game Of Thrones to explain how Westeros experiences such unpredictable and lengthy weather patterns. According to the paper—which is also available in Dothraki and High Valyrian—the years-long seasons on Game Of Thrones can be explained by the planet’s “tumbling” orbit and the larger tilt to its axis, which make it so one hemisphere is always directed away from the sun.
But, like any good Maester-in-training, Tarly knows how to extrapolate on his data. Through his analysis of wind speeds and ocean temperatures, he can explain the Ironborn’s dominance on the seas, predict the plan of attack from Essos to Westeros, and estimate the trade routes to the Free Cities. Also, he’s got a few serious warnings about the growing effect of climate change, something Game Of Thrones characters will have to worry about in between fighting zombies and dragons.
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Sincere Thanks from all of us Samwell Tarly! May the gods look after you!