A thought flitted through my mind after reading Gil's post. It was only a single thought, about the size of a sparrow:
Does anyone see a shadow cast forward from this play to Hamlet, or maybe a backward echo?
Given what Gil was saying about Hal as "the instrument of restored harmony (who) represents the cycle of an ascendant younger generation," I thought of the sweet prince. This is the very role I yearn for Hamlet to step into, yet he is unable. Anddespite his youth, the ascendancy of Fortinbras in the closing moments feels like the resoration of an older order, backward looking and militaristic, as well as little chivalric – thus Hotspur comes to mind.
Don't have time for the implications right now, but there it is.