The Many-Faced God can have the rest, she thought, but he can’t have this. She padded up the steps as naked as her name day, clutching Needle. Halfway up, one of the stones rocked beneath her feet. Arya knelt and dug around its edges with her fingers. It would not move at first, but she persisted, picking at the crumbling mortar with her nails. Finally, the stone shifted. She grunted and got both hands in and pulled. A crack opened before her. “You’ll be safe here,” she told Needle. “No one will know where you are but me.” She pushed the sword and sheath behind the step, then shoved the stone back into place, so it looked like all the other stones. As she climbed back to the temple, she counted steps, so she would know where to find the sword again. One day she might have need of it. “One day,” she whispered to herself. She never told the kindly man what she had done, yet he knew.

anonymous asked:

Game of thrones has actually been pretty good with adding poc actors

Game of Thrones has been….erratic about adding POC actors.

The show has cut a large number of the book characters that would’ve been POC, and given their role over to white characters. For example, Chataya and her daughter Alayaya were replaced with Ros, a white woman in their storyline roles. The Dothraki have been erased, with Irri and Rakharo killed off and the other bloodriders and handmaidens vanished. Strong Belwas never made it onto the show. Sarella Sand seems likely to never be on the show. Most of the POC characters like the Summer Islander ship characters I don’t think we’re going to see. 

There were many characters with no skin color described that could’ve been cast as anything and the show has regularly defaulted to white. It’s interesting. One example: when the artist (Amok) who made the portrait of Grey Worm that it’s in Wiki of Ice and Fire, the picture that people assume is accurate, he used information from GRRM, asking about race and physical description for accuracy’s sake. GRRM’s response was: 

“I have no plans for Grey Worm’s race or personal history to become important at this time, though I do reserve the right to change my mind. Sometimes the muse plays strange tricks on me.” Source 

So the artist made him white. Now people assume Grey Worm is white, and gave the show credit for changing him to a POC. But his skin was never specified.

Three characters who were white or were probably white on the books were switched to white- Salladhor Saan, Xaro Xhoan Daxos and Areo Hotah. 

But we’ve seen other characters whitewashed like Kraznys.

Daario originally had a casting call for men of color, but then they cast Ed Skrein, a white man. So this isn’t the first time this has happened. 

The show doesn’t deserve a cookie for casting characters as POC when they are supposed to be POC, like Hizdahr for example.

Game of Thrones is not the worst show when it comes to race, by any means. (In casting speaking roles. We don’t need to talk about that Mhysa scene right now, do we?) But it could be better. It has the potential to be so much better and that’s why we discuss it and bring it up when there are lapses like this. 

Any discussion is born out of loving the ASOIAF series and wanting it to be as interesting and diverse as possible. To me, that feels the most realistic.

the scene in which Arya sheds her old sin is one of the quietest and most effective in “High Sparrow.” She wraps up her clothes and sinks them in the Braavos harbor where she threw away her coin, her pain furrowing the corners of her eyes. “Game of Thrones” has brought prominence to a number of tremendous young actors, but Williams may be the best. She doesn’t have to say a word for us to fathom the magnitude of her loss, and the way she’s finally reckoning with the tally now, after episode after episode of focusing on her fantasies of revenge and her basic, desperate struggle to survive.
—  Washington Post x review of “High Sparrow”

“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”


pre asoiaf meme  ♔  Ashara Dayne

“…with her long dark hair tumbling about her shoulders and those haunting purple eyes. Sometimes when the queen looked at him, he felt as if he were looking at Ashara’s daughter… But Ashara’s daughter had been stillborn, and his fair lady had thrown herself from a tower soon after, mad with grief for the child she had lost, and perhaps for the man who had dishonored her at Harrenhal as well.”


While he may not have the innate charisma of an Arya Stark or a Tyrion Lannister, or the youthful idealism of a Daenerys Targaryen or Jon Snow, for me, the choice is clear: Stannis Baratheon is the best character on “Game of Thrones.” Usually when I say this, people think I’m joking, but I’m really not (although I have been known to say that my favorite “Mad Men” character is Pete Campbell, so take that for what it’s worth). But this season, I sense that people are starting to see what I’m seeing — the glowering middle-son of House Baratheon is secretly pretty badass. 

The Lord of Dragonstone gets short shrift on “Game of Thrones” – but he doesn’t deserve it

tbh what i hate the most about sansa having jeyne poole’s storyline isn’t necessarily that it is sansa (i mean, her or jeyne poole, it’s still fucked up and awful; none of them deserve that), but mostly that i’m pretty sure the show is gonna use the storyline as pure shock and horror factor (and choosing sansa was definitely one of them btw). in the books, with no jeyne or ramsay’s POV, we never actually “see” what happens, we just vaguely hear about it, and it’s already pretty awful. but i’m 100% certain that the show won’t back away from actually showing rape scenes, and they handle it so badly that it will probably be worse than everything we already saw, and that’s what i’m not ready for and really angry at. also, they’re probably gonna add some nudity for sophie turner now that she’s 18, which is even more fucked up. 

the storyline in the books is already fucked up, and i’m really scared now that it’s in the hands of showrunners who view rape scenes as plot devices (and i’m even being nice to them because the multiple rape scenes they added weren’t even actual plot devices, but just added for no reasons at all)