I do not have a problem with Roland repeating his quest. Ka is a wheel, after all. My problem, and it is a big one, is that King cheated. As an English teacher and avid reader, I have followed King's stories for most of my life. I even considered writing my Master's thesis on The Dark Tower series - and this was before the last three were written. I spent many an hour tracing all of his books to the Tower. King was brilliant. He is a modern Dickens or Poe, I do not doubt it. All of that said, I was disappointed and let down with his ending. I never wrote that thesis. And why? Because we knew all along that all Frodo had to do was toss the Ring in the Mount of Doom. Frodo was never supposed to battle Sauron himself. But SK re-created Sauron in the Crimson King, and the CK cannot just be erased. The low men, Walter o the Dim in his many guises, Pennywise (forerunner to Modred, say true), these were scary bad guys who in turn went in fear of CK. It is almost a deaux es machina. Erased and that is all? The CK came off as ludicrous, not scary or evil. No, this ending is not the true end of this story. Roland of Gilead, last gunslinger, may have thought he faced the Crimson King, but he has not yet. I wonder if our wordslinger wil find it within himself to write the true end. Will you, sai King, be true to your charcters? to your CRs?