“The King In Yellow is in there because it’s a story about a story, one that drives people to madness. Everything in True Detective is composed of questionable narratives, inner and outer, from Cohle’s view that identity is just a story we tell ourselves, to the stories about manhood that Hart tells about himself, to the not always truthful story they tell the detectives investigating them. So it made sense – to me, at least — to allude to an external narrative that that is supposed to create insanity, or as I prefer, deranged enlightenment. When I did that, a kind of secondary language began to form in the scripts, where the notion of cosmic horror became a very real part of the environment, at least for those who know Chambers’ work.”
— Nic Pizzolatto talking about The King in Yellow and True Detective.
Rust knew exactly who he was. There was no talking him out of it.
“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.”
— Ray Bradbury
Jon Snow had dreamed of leading men to glory just as King Daeron had, of growing up to be a conqueror. Now he was a man grown and the Wall was his, yet all he had were doubts. He could not even seem to conquer those.
As the First Squad Captain of the Shinsengumi, I shall give you your final lesson. When faced with an enemy considerably more powerful, it is best to overcome that fear with sheer numbers. Synchronize your breathing. Build up spirit in your heart and body. When you are at your peek, attack all at once!