So I am listening to the audiobook for A Dance with Dragons andI had a thought today thinking about all of the moving pieces and where most of the focus of the book/series lies. If you took away The Others and maybe to a larger extent everything going with the wall, would this series still be as popular and do you think it would be as interesting and good? I really did just think of this and am not even sure what my own answer is but I am leaning towards the answer being yes. As much as I like the stuff at the wall and fantastical elements of series like this, the political intrigue has been the true entertainment in these books. Even 5 books into a supposedly 7 book series, it seems 90% political to 10% wall happenings. And even at the wall the politics of it all are involved. And even without the wall you would still get the fantastical touch with dragons and magic from the red priests. Anyway, was hoping to get other peoples thoughts on this and what they think.