i couldn’t decide which version i liked best so here have another one
ugh I just realized
so the sack of Yunkai in the books is all Dany’s plan. She gets Mero drunk, and the whole “surprise them at night” deal was 100% her idea. (She wasn’t expecting to get the Stormcrows; that was an added bonus that I’m sure helped, but I think she probably would have won the city anyway without Daario’s help.)
the sack of Yunkai on the show last night was alllll Daario Naharis. Daario’s sneaky plan, Daario bringing back the harpy flag, Daario’s glory.
When it should be one of Dany’s first military victories, Dany displaying her cleverness, Dany proving her worth to the Yunkai’i and her own army on her own.
And HBO just let a hot guy do it.
Game of Thrones || 02x06 || 03x09
He saw Sansa crying herself to sleep at night, and he saw Arya watching in silence and holding her secrets hard in her heart. There were shadows all around them. One shadow was as dark as ash, with the terrible face of a hound. ~Bran, aGoT~
i’m sort of upset that the show made it seem so ~cool~ and ~powerful~ that bran could warg into hodor, because ~no one’s ever been able to do that before~ or whatever
when it’s more like, no, some people can do it
but it’s fucked up and wrong and explicitly against the moral code of skinchanging
it’s funny how people are willing to forgive jaime lannister for pushing an actual child out of an actual window in an actual attempt at murder
because he’s complicated
but even after last night, people are still talking about what an “evil stepmother” catelyn stark is
“The Rains of Castamere”, written by Ramin Djawadi and George R. R. Martin, performed by The National
There is indeed a great deal of rape and sexual violence in the books. However:
- The depictions of actual on-screen rape from the point of view of a narrator are almost minimal (the only two that come to mind are Dany and Drogo, and Victarion and the dusky woman. Even with Jeyne Poole, her abuse is never outright shown to the readers, but rather implied with textual clues).
- Much of the on-screen abuse is told from the point of view of the victim rather than the perpetrator. For instance, Sansa’s beatings are told from her perspective, because she is the victim, and it is her thoughts that matter, not Joffrey’s.
- Further, survivors and victims of abuse in the series who are point of view characters are defined by more than their abuse. This is because they are actual people within the framework of the narrative, who have actual thoughts and feelings and identities outside of their abuse.
- When abuse is narrated from the point of view of the agressor, the narrative makes it abundantly clear that what they are not nice people doing very bad things (see: Victarion, Theon, Cersei, Tyrion, Jaime). Whether they are anti-heroes, flawed but generally good people, or outright villainous makes no difference; the point is that for every decent thing they do and every sympathetic motive they possess, they still commit heinous acts.
- The vast majority of rapes are related secondhand, either from the victim or in conjunction with other descriptions of atrocities, which serves to further underscore the brutality of the act.
- Consensual sex scenes often use more sexual/erotic language than non-consensual rape scenes, and are more graphically depicted. The emphasis is on the violence of the act of rape, not the unique sexual nature of it.
- Lancel was barely sixteen years old at the time of his relationship with Cersei—perhaps an adult by medieval and westerosi definitions, but modern understanding of human psychology says differently. Lancel is at least half Cersei’s age, and Cersei held a position of power over him. The relationship was unquestionably sexual abuse of an adolescent.
Contrast with the show, which uses abuse and assault, both physical and sexual, for shock value / to characterize the bad guys / to meet their quota of bared breasts per episode.
“He keeps his beard cut in three prongs, all dyed blue. His eyes are blue and his curly hair is dyed blue. His mustachios are painted gold and he has a large, curving nose.”