This is my closing post for The Raven Cycle Week, and in case the all-caps title doesn't say it all, this is a topic of the utmost importance to me. The original title of this post was going to be "Gansey Must Not Die!" but I thought "Gansey Must Live!" sounded a tad more optimistic.
We all have fictional characters to whom we've become extremely attached, and if something bad were to happen to one of those characters, we'd be utterly crushed, heart and soul. Although I love each and every one of the main characters in The Raven Cycle, Richard Campbell Gansey III has always held an extra special place in my heart. I love him for his fierce loyalty to his friends and his unwavering dedication to finding Glendower. There's something infectious about his determination to discover the whereabouts of the sleeping Welsh king that makes you want to join Gansey on his mission, too.
There are some serious shadows surrounding our dear Gansey heading into the series finale, and I'm extremely worried about him. Of course I'm concerned about Blue and all of the boys and will be horribly upset if anything bad befalls any of them, but Gansey is the one who seems fated for misfortune. I cannot even begin to deal with that possibility.
You'd think that being a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones would have given me some kind of coping skills because beloved characters die all the freaking time in those books and on that show, but no. No, no, no, no, no. I already know that I'm going to require intense therapy after reading The Raven King just because it's the end of the series. If the unspeakable happens to Gansey, though, no amount of therapy is going to be adequate. Taking away any member of this extremely close-knit quintet of friends would be devastating, but taking away its core, its foundation? Unfathomable.
Please don't break my heart, Maggie Stiefvater. Please don't break my heart.
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