All paths serve the beam, but this path contains spoilers, in fact a major major spoiler for essentially the entire Dark Tower series. Please take caution and may you have long days and pleasant nights, thankee sai.
In case you missed it, Stephen King tweeted out this juicy little tease yesterday:
The Dark Tower is close, now. The Crimson King awaits. Soon Roland will raise the Horn of Eld. And blow. pic.twitter.com/rqGSKM3dWL— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 19, 2016
For those who have already read the books and who responded above with “And may you have twice the number,” this is a huge reveal for the filmed series coming up, because, the big twist that we find out at the very end of the massive, massive, sometimes beautiful, sometimes incredibly frustrating tale, is that Roland has reached the Dark Tower many times before, and has been reset on his journey over and over again. The Dark Tower ends how it begins with the text “The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed,” and Roland is put back at the start, with hope that this time he’ll pick up the Horn of Eld, which he needs to end the cycle once and for all.
What this tweet seems to be suggesting is that the filmed series will not be simply an adaptation of the books but rather a whole new go-around for Roland, and the rest of the Ka-Tet of Nineteen. It’s a sequel saga. This is actually pretty amazing because it allows them to both use the best parts of the story, and jettison the stuff that doesn’t work as well without erasing the events of the books for those who love them. And if you’re not kind of freaking out right now then you have forgotten the face of your father.