Cersei appreciation week | day 1 | favourite quote

I waited, and so can he. I waited half my life. She had played the dutiful daughter, the blushing bride, the pliant wife. She had suffered Robert’s drunken groping, Jaime’s jealousy, Renly’s mockery, Varys with his titters, Stannis endlessly grinding his teeth. She had contended with Jon Arryn, Ned Stark, and her vile, treacherous, murderous dwarf brother, all the while promising herself that one day it would be her turn. If Margaery Tyrell thinks to cheat me of my hour in the sun, she had bloody well think again.

Hide your wolf under
The silk of a lady and wait.
All the sweeter the taste
Of their shock
In your mouth.
When you refuse to taste
the pomegranate, tell them
it is because the flesh of the
throat is much easier to pick
from your teeth.
—  'she has the blood of a wolf' - for sansa stark / o.b.

cumragstoriches said:

This might be a bit of a trivial question, but which GOT actor, if any, has captured (or even replaced) your mental conception of a character the most?

Oh, probably Sophie Turner. I still very much enjoy pre-GOT Sansa art (some linked here and here), but it’s very hard in my head to not see Sansa with Sophie’s face. (I manage a head-image of Sophie with wavy auburn hair, at least.)

The Lannister actors also took over my headspace tremendously. Lena Headey and NCW are just so good that even though their visuals are off (Lena is much harsher if still gorgeous, and Jaime should also be “prettier”) they smashed whatever my mental images used to be. (Well, except for bidonica's AFFC Jaime, that’s always my Jaime. But NCW looked so much like that in S2-3 that the mental blend was stuck for good.) And Jack Gleeson — he just is Joffrey, even though he’s not remotely like a long-curly-haired pouty-lipped 13-year-old boy at all. Mind you, I had always visualized Peter Dinklage for Tyrion (that was a dreamcast come true, though I expected more facial prosthetics) and Charles Dance for Tywin (though bald with blond muttonchops), so that was some luck there.

But I still maintain separate mental images of many of the book characters from their show actors. Arya, Bran, Ned, Catelyn, Jon, Renly, Brienne, and especially Sandor… there’s the book and there’s the show. Sometimes there’s a slight blend, but I’ll prefer book descriptions in fanart any day.

pearl-nights said:

Hi! So, re Quaithe's prophecy, why does she mention the "sun's son", i.e. Quentyn, in the list of people Daenerys shouldn't trust ("Trust none of them")? As in, what possible threat could Quentyn have posed?

I don’t think Quentyn was a threat as such, but he was a distraction from the purpose that Quaithe sees for Dany. I mean, when it comes to trustworthy people, Quaithe is not exactly a posterchild. She has her own agenda for Dany, whatever it may be. (I don’t think it’s a malicious agenda, but it may see Dany more of a symbol or for her magical potential rather than as a person.) But per her words:

"To go north, you must journey south, to reach the west you must go east. To go forward you must go back and to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow."

…Quaithe seems to believe that Dany must go east and south and to the shadow — that is, to Asshai. (Whether Dany will actually ever go to Asshai is a different question, but per GRRM it looks very unlikely.) Quentyn, with his offer of support from Dorne, would be a temptation to go west and north to Westeros without fulfilling Quaithe’s agenda first.

In my opinion, Quaithe only wants Dany to fulfill her magical, messianic purpose (I’m sure “the light” is the curtain of light at the end of the world), and therefore any distractions of politics are untrustworthy. Thus, Quaithe sows the seeds of doubt, putting Quentyn and Tyrion on the same level as Victarion or “Aegon” or the perfumed seneschal, that none of them should be trusted. Whether or not it’s true is not relevant.

Also note, Quentyn did try to steal a dragon. (To prove himself to Dany, who wasn’t even there, but nevertheless.) His actions caused much chaos in Meereen, and may lead into even more chaos in the future. (Especially considering his death and all; like, the effect on Dany’s relationship with Dorne, etc.) If Quaithe is a prophet or has similar powers to Melisandre (which we don’t know, as Quaithe is a shadowbinder and Mel is a priestess of R’hllor and these may be quite different things), she may have seen the chaos leading from Quentyn’s actions and therefore put him down as not to be trusted, even though he wasn’t a threat in and of himself.

jeff22003 reblogged your post: "So I am confused a bit, Doran tells Arianne…" and added:

Well this is the cornerstone of the Southron Ambitions theory. 

Not really? That conspiracy theory refers to Great Houses uniting in marriage, yes, but not heirs marrying heiresses. Brandon Stark was a heir, Catelyn Tully was not. Robert Baratheon was a heir, Lyanna Stark was not. Jaime Lannister was a heir, Lysa Tully was not. Even if the Martell siblings are included in the theory (I’m not sure that they are), neither Oberyn nor Elia was a heir.

The “Southron ambitions” may have been to form strong family bonds and alliances between the Great Houses, possibly to give them strength against the Targaryens. But it has nothing to do with the question of what happens when a female heiress of a Great House marries the male heir of another Great House. Unfortunately that’s something we just don’t know the answer to yet.

Robb had studied the map her uncle had drawn him. Ned had taught him to read maps. “Raid him here,” he said, pointing. “A few hundred men, no more. Tully banners. When he comes after you, we will be waiting”—his finger moved an inch to the left—“here.”
Here was a hush in the night, moonlight and shadows, a thick carpet of dead leaves underfoot, densely wooded ridges sloping gently down to the streambed, the underbrush thinning as the ground fell away.
Here was her son on his stallion, glancing back at her one last time and lifting his sword in salute.
Here was the call of Maege Mormont’s warhorn, a long low blast that rolled down the valley from the east, to tell them that the last of Jaime’s riders had entered the trap.
And Grey Wind threw back his head and howled.
—  A Game Of Thrones, George R.R. Martin