danainthedogpark:

So, as anyone who knows me from the ASOIAF heyday of this blog, I’m a big fan of Cersei Lannister. Jaime, too, but mostly Cersei. She’s my number 2, my favorite bitch queen. I adore her.

So, yes, I do ship Cersei x Jaime….but not in the “omg so cute otp happily ever after”…

molebucks:

the first episode of the season is always awkward bc of the way they namedrop and stuff for new people or to remind people. like when you talk to your dad are you like “i, jaime of house lannister, the one they call kingslayer, who lost his hand also our symbol is the lion and we are rich and the king”

Myrcella Baratheon, the little lioness.

Myrcella Baratheon, the little lioness.

Continuing the theme of brilliant Asoiaf ladies, Arianne Martell. 

Continuing the theme of brilliant Asoiaf ladies, Arianne Martell. 

Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark

Does the casting of Ellaria Sand mean that GRRM now has to go back on all of the frankly quite awkward statements he made about the Martells and their ethnicity after the casting of Oberyn? 

  • <p dir=ltr> So, Mark Gattis in GoT season 4. The fandom crossover I didn't particularly want..... </p>
  • <p dir=ltr> But then again he's very funny and if the rumour of him playing Mace Tyrell is true then ok. He's got the bumbling fool stuff down. And they might even put a slightly sinister Machiavellian twist on Mace, which would be great on the one hand (because he'd be very good at that also, and might be fun to watch). On the other, I do love the Tyrells for their glorious matriarchy and I wouldn't want to see that overshadowed by having Mace given more of a central role. </p>
  • <p dir=ltr> Then again this is all just speculation and ramblings. Put him north! He'd be a great Thenn. </p>

Some things worth remembering:

Not all the Starks are dead

Not all the Starks are dead

Not all the Starks are dead

  • Not all the Starks are dead
  • Not all the Starks are dead


NOT ALL THE STARKS ARE DEAD

And more to the point, they weren’t the heroes anyway. There aren’t any heroes. That’s the thing.

How fitting for this adaptation that Cat goes out silently, resigned, catatonic,   with the promise of a bang but with only a whimper. 

Thoughts about the bedding.

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. 

Northern Queen

Northern Queen

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.