caruso_stalker217 wrote:Once again the Crimson King is mentioned in a way that makes it sound like he's somebody actually worthy of Big Bad Guy status. Easily one of the most laughable and useless villains ever.
I think the Crimson King works as the bad guy. I think his reputation is carrying him by the time Roland starts his quest but basically all is set in motion by the CK. The damage done in the wastelands, the thinny(s), his work to destroy the beams so that he can rule over the darkness, etc. He is an immortal being and seems to have endless servants and followers at his disposal. I sort of think that King is writing about a struggle between Ka (fate, God, Karma) and a or the devil (Crimson King). Each side has players that are moved into action like pawns to play a huge game with the stakes being the destruction of the world. It isn't what the CK does, it is who and what he symbolizes for existence. Like always, King is writing about us or people being our own worst enemies when civilization breaks down into chaos and we can be swayed to do things we wouldn't normally do in a civilized environment. That is his favorite theme.
Fievel wrote:I've always hoped that the film versions of the Dark Tower have Roland carrying the Horn of Eld, showing that this version of the story is different from what the Constant Readers know. Not only will it allow a possible definitive ending (that will still piss people off) but it can be the excuse for any changes made to the story along the way.
I'm with you but the only problem to that is there would have to be a real ending and a real purpose to the room at the top of the tower. I wonder if King even has any clue as to what would really happen if Roland did it right. I always feel like King's endings are the weakest parts of the story.
Bloo wrote:Anyways, if King was in love with the idea of using Patrick, using him to defeat Flagg would have been better and much more in line with Flagg's prior defeats (at Thomas's hand in EotD, not seeing through Tom Cullen in The Stand
Nice connections there, cool way to look at it.