Typically when the main characters are speaking about the seasonal characteristics in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire they are referring specifically to those on the continent of Westeros. Are these seasonal effects, such as winters lasting decades, the same on the other continents, Essos or Sothoryos?

  • Good question! I'd be very interested in answers to that. Commented May 16, 2014 at 17:09
  • Never even thought about this actually. My guess would be an intuitive yes, but I would love to see a verifiable answer. Commented May 16, 2014 at 17:10
  • Look at this question as well: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/3008/…
    – Zottek
    Commented May 18, 2014 at 6:45

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According to this chat with GRMM, the rest of the world is affected less strongly by the seasons than Westeros:

Mr Martin, why does Westeros seem the only place effected by the Others and the long winters? The other parts of the world seem not to care.

George_RR_Martin - Westeros is not the only place affected, but it's affected most strongly, because it's the only landmass that extends that far north. The other continent is bounded to the north by an icy polar sea.

As Michael wrote, you can see in this map of the world that Essos does not extend much further north than the Twins:

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  • So basically they could all just "go to Florida" to avoid the Winter?!?
    – Monty129
    Commented May 19, 2014 at 11:42
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    That's basically the wildling's plan... Commented May 19, 2014 at 12:13

Yes, the seasons are planet-wide (at least, they also affect Essos, so I assume they'd affect other continents as well.)

However, Essos is affected much, much less than Westeros because almost all of the land mass in Essos is in the sub-tropical/equatorial region. THe northenmost point on Essos is at approximately the same latitude as The Twins, with the most populated areas being in line with Storm's End or Highgarden. Even in Westeros, the regions this far south aren't hit nearly as hard by winter, but has a much more stable climate.

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    Can you site where your info comes from? This was what I had assumed, but I couldn't find any where that states it directly.
    – Monty129
    Commented May 16, 2014 at 19:20

At the end of ADWD, as the winter starts, grass in Essos turns yellow. I believe we'll see more in Winds of Winter.

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