Personally, I like that they included Tyrion saying something like ‘I could’ when he was thinking about going through with the bedding. I think it was important for them to acknowledge that, despite the fact it was not where either of them wanted to be, the power was still all his.
When I read that chapter, part of the serious discomfort came from the power imbalance. Because we see it through Sansa’s POV, this is even more acute. Tyrion wants her, and is seriously tempted to take what he wants. His guilt doesn’t kick in until after they are naked, in bed - much further down the line than it happened in the show (for reasons of Sophie’s age, I assume. Had she been older, I can imagine it may have been handled somewhat differently. Maybe. I don’t like to assume that D&D will automatically go for boob at every opportunity but evidence up till this point has not been favorable in that regard.)
I guess my point is that I liked that we got an acknowledgment of Tyrions faults during this scene, however briefly. By dent of being a show favorite the wedding became his experience, even though the source material comes mostly from Sansa and her experiences. Given the aforementioned barriers presented by Sophie’s age, there was a danger that the show could have completely skated over the complete ikkiness of the whole exchange.
It come very close; I felt Tyrion’s discomfort was made more of, and Sansa’s reactions were kind of off camera. They could have decided to make Tyrion too drunk to do the bedding (but still wanting to - which I thought they might do for a horrible moment), or just have him straight up refuse right from the moment they got in the bedroom. But they made it clear that he had a moment of doubt, as he let her begin to undress. And they had him state it out loud. He wanted to, he could have done, but he didn’t. I think that’s a really important point, even though like I said, it was only a brief little line.
Considering my usual disappointment with this show, it was nice to be pleasantly surprised for a change. I think it was a good example of how to deal with translating the internal monologue of the books in to a TV show - and one with an underage actress (or for that matter, any age actress who isn’t comfortable with on-screen nudity. It IS possible not to resort to breasts!) It gave Sansa a little something back, by having the show acknowledge that she was the real victim here, and that however nice a bloke Tyrion might be usually, he was only a hairsbreadth away from raping her (because that’s what it would have been, even if she was physically compliant). Considering the show’s treatment of her up till now, it was refreshing.
And can be please give applause for Sansa’s complete grown up maturity and restraint throughout the whole episode, even while her adult husband got himself stupidly drunk and played the fool? Hardly the stupid little girl many continue to paint her as.
You know what I didn’t like most about the last GoT episode its that the Blackfish specifically apologised to Talisa for swearing, not Cat. Like she was the only lady in the room.
MAN, THAT’S LADY FUCKING STARK. YOU BETTER RECOGNISE.
A Song of Ice & Fire Tarot.
In celebration of the new series, am reposting the collected version of this, because I really liked doing it :) I think I might re-do it with all the characters I had to miss out. Maybe a third one too. Damn you George Martin and your densely populated world!
You know, I’m coming to understand that GRRM really can’t comment on fanfic anymore seeing as he’s basically allowed HBO to write a giant one of their own.
Ok, so I have returned from Manchester and watched Game of Thrones, so I am officially allowed to be back on the interwebs without fear of being spoiled.
You may not have done so I’ve cut myself for spoilers (both of the TV and book variety).
“If you weren’t playing your character, who would you like to play - male or female - and why?”
Game of Thrones Season 3 premiere March 18th 2013 in L.A.
→ Got Cast Season 3 promo
I like these new Game of Thrones posters. They all look like they’ve been eating blackberries in the cold. Was that the look they were going for?
The room smells of fresh cut wood. The chair they have carved for her is uncomfortable but she finds reassurance in the ache, reminding her that she can never rest easy. Not now. The North is re-awakening.
She doesn’t recognize him at first, hidden behind the rest of the lords come to lay their steel at the feet of her and her lord husband. Their oaths echo around them but he doesn’t say the words - how can he? He is a ghost. She buried him long ago.
She keeps her eye on him all the while.
Reasons why I find it difficult to relate to Daenerys, in handy list form:
Conversely, these are things I can relate to her on:
You can see my predicament.
(Disclaimer: I do not hate her at all. It’s just that in comparison with the other major pov’s, I wish I could find some more common ground is all.)
I have new pencils so I’m trying them out by doing Sansa doodles. This is the preliminary work for a larger piece I’m thinking about. Maybe.