For me all the main 6 characters: (Tyrion,Sansa,Daenerys,Jon,Arya,Bran)
go through a change in their personality. In different circumstances, of course.
I would separate them in three groups: Tyrion and Sansa (both create an alias, a bastard, so they cannot be found by Cersei, and they learn from it, they use their wits to create that personality), but they never forget their old selves (and I believe, both will refuse this “lie“ in the future of the story).
Tyrion took a mordant pleasure in inventing the details of the colorful life of Hugor Hill, also known as Yollo, a bastard out of Lannisport.The best lies are seasoned with a bit of truth. The dwarf knew he sounded like a westerman, and a highborn westerman at that, so Hugor must needs be some lordling’s by-blow. Born in Lannisport because he knew that city better than Oldtown or King’s Landing, and cities were where most dwarfs ended up, even those whelped by Goodwife Bumpkin in the turnip patch.”- Tyrion ADWD
Music soothes him,“ she corrected, "the high harp especially. It’s singing he can’t abide, since Marillion killed his mother.” Alayne had told the lie so many times that she remembered it that way more oft than not; the other seemed no more than a bad dream that sometimes troubled her sleep. “Lord Nestor will have no singers at the feast, only flutes and fiddles for the dancing.” What would she do when the music began to play? It was a vexing question, to which her heart and head gave different answers. Sansa loved to dance, but Alayne . . - (Alayne/Sansa) TWOW.
Then there are Jon and Dany both messiah figures, both literally die and becoming stronger version of themselves:
“Viserys was Mad Aerys’s son, just so. Daenerys … Daenerys is quite different.” He popped a roasted lark into his mouth and crunched it noisily, bones and all. “The frightened child who sheltered in my manse died on the Dothraki sea, and was reborn in blood and fire.” - Tyrion in ADWD
“Kill the boy and let the man be born.” The old man felt Jon’s face. “You are half the age that Egg was, and your own burden is a crueler one, I fear. You will have little joy of your command, but I think you have the strength in you to do the things that must be done. Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born.” - Jon ADWD
There are then Bran and Arya whose alteregos are connected with gods (the old gods and the
respectively), both are like a “weapon” being trained by the tree eyed raven and the faceless men for a scope (also both i believe will reject this notion and return to their Stark identity)
I should not be dreaming wolf dreams, the girl told herself. I am a cat now, not a wolf. I am Cat of the Canals. The wolf dreams belonged to Arya of House Stark. Try as she might, though, she could not rid herself of Arya. It made no difference whether she slept beneath the temple or in the little room beneath the eaves with Brusco’s daughters, the wolf dreams still haunted her by night … -Arya AFFC
Leaf touched his hand. “The trees will teach you. The trees remember.” He raised a hand, and the other singers began to move about the cavern, extinguishing the torches one by one. The darkness thickened and crept toward them.“Close your eyes,” said the three-eyedcrow. “Slip your skin, as you do when you join with Summer. But this time, go into the roots instead. Follow them up through the earth, to the trees upon the hill, and tell me what you see."Bran closed his eyes and slipped free of his skin. Into the roots, he thought. Into the weirwood. Become the tree. For an instant he could see the cavern in its black mantle, could hear the river rushing by below.
. - Bran ADWD
Awesome Westerosi Characters You Don’t Know Because You Only Watch Game of Thrones: #17 Myranda Royce
We haven’t seen that much of Myranda Royce in the published books yet, but there is more of her in a teaser for The Winds of Winter that has been released on GRRM’s website. I will try to avoid spoiling that stuff though.
Myranda Royce is a highborn girl from the Vale. She is friends with Mya Stone, so she’s already awesome based on that fact alone.She also befriends Alayne Stone (Sansa Stark) when they meet.
Myranda is fun. She’s smart and makes a lot of sexual jokes that make Alayne blush. (A lot of “little finger” puns.) She is such a lovely addition because it has been so long since Sansa got to have any fun at all. Keeping her identity secret from Myranda is difficult, because she is very sharp and also, it seems, that Sansa genuinely likes her.
Another thing I like about Myranda is that she was hoping to marry Harry the Heir (who, in the books, Littlefinger plans to marry Sansa to) but she doesn’t seem to hold the fact that didn’t work out against Alayne/Sansa. She might not be Littlefinger’s biggest fan though. I like that. It would be easy for her to just resent Alayne and be a bitch to her. But she’s not.
You all know I was greatly peeved at changing Sansa’s storyline on the show so that she is now living Jeyne Poole’s nightmare. I also deeply resent the fact that they gave the name “Myranda” to some bitch who was on team Ramsay Bolton while it happened.
It felt like kicking this character while she was down.
I shamelessly stole this are from thethreehares. (Here) Not enough official Myranda art out there. Get on that, people.
This is the first in what I anticipate being a series of posts on the insightful way that ASOIAF examines the sociological phenomenon of scapegoating, beginning with the social roles and experiences of Westerosi bastards.
With Robb and Bran and Rickon dead, Jon Snow was the only brother that remained to her. I am a bastard too now, just like him. Oh, it would be so sweet, to see him once again. But of course that could never be. Alayne Stone had no brothers, baseborn or otherwise.
Someone has probably made a meta out there about this, but I haven’t seen it yet so I figured I’d write up what I saw… Sansa only thinks of Jon 4 times in her entire narrative (five if the second one counts as two). However, she increasingly begins to soften her descriptions and thoughts on him as she grows up.
In AGOT Sansa I, she not only focuses on his bastard status, but calls him half brother, cementing the differences:
It would have been easier if Arya had been a bastard, like their half brother Jon.
This continues in AGOT Sansa III, but is associated with slightly more gentle thoughts than the last mention, as she pities him instead of thinking on the differences:
But this man had been crookbacked and hideous, and he looked as though he might have lice. If this was what the Night’s Watch was truly like, she felt sorry for her bastard half brother, Jon.
I would think it is rather against her previous thoughts to not use the entire epithet she’s always used. While ACOK only has a single mention, in Sansa V, she drops the half.
She sang for mercy, for the living and the dead alike, for Bran and Rickon and Robb, for her sister Arya and her bastard brother Jon Snow, away off on the Wall.
In AGOT Jon III, he even points out that this is how she always refers to him:
He missed the girls too, even Sansa, who never called him anything but “my half brother” since she was old enough to understand what bastard meant.
So calling him “brother” reflects those other changes people have discussed at length- she cares less for heroes and valiance and honor, because those don’t exist. The tinge of shame of a bastard is less prevalent in her life, now.
Finally, in AFFC Alayne II, she acknowledges that he is “only” half a brother, but does not think that him being a bastard is a vulgar thing anymore, especially since they have a shared connection of their bastardry:
…Oh, and the Night’s Watch has a boy commander, some bastard son of Eddard Stark’s.” “Jon Snow?” she blurted out, surprised. “Snow? Yes, it would be Snow, I suppose.” She had not thought of Jon in ages. He was only her half brother, but still … with Robb and Bran and Rickon dead, Jon Snow was the only brother that remained to her. I am a bastard too now, just like him. Oh, it would be so sweet, to see him once again. But of course that could never be. Alayne Stone had no brothers, baseborn or otherwise.
Her experiences cause Sansa to soften towards the world of propriety and decorum, and reflects just how changed she has become.
I think people need to calm down about Sansa Stark and what happened to her in “Unbowed, unbent, unbroken”. I’ll try to explain it better, but first let me just point out I haven’t read all the books so I know some things of what happens at this point in the original only ‘cause I’ve read spoilers around:
1. I read people are disgusted about Sansa replacing Jeyne so that the rape can motivate Theon’s future actions (which are? I don’t know so far and I don’t want to know but it seems this event will bring some more character development for him). The disgust comes from taking an important, central character like Sansa so that the audience is more invested in what happens to her rather than a character we’ve never come to know (Jeyne). I mean, seriously? May I remind you that in season 4, episode 2, Ramsay Snow and Myranda were HUNTING an innocent girl with hounds, shooting arrows at her, wounding her and feeding her to the dogs while enjoying it? Should I remind you Reek was there, more or less in the same position, crying and suffering like hell but unable to move for fear of what might’ve happened to him next? Shall I remind you I never read one single piece of ANYTHING about that scene (wchich I personally found revolting and horrifyin?). But now Sansa’s in Ramsay’s clutches and …ooh, surprise: everyone’s talking about it, everybody’s upset and everybody’s hating on D&D. That’s to prove a point: it is really difficult, watching a show like this, with this much violence and this many characters, to truly care about a minor character (never shown before) thrust in there simply to show Ramsay’s evil and more. If the thing is, “did they only did that so we were more invested?”, I think the answer’s yes and they were right ‘cause now we all are.
2. Some were shocked, others were outraged, most were both things. By the rape, of course. Now, I hated every second of it. I felt dizzy and short of breath in fear of what could happen to Sansa BUT… what were we expecting? Honestly, would you have wanted her to be the one who seduced him, or somehow held the reins of their first night together? Sansa, whom has never had any sexual experience in her life vs Ramsay Bolton, the most twisted psycho in Westeros (and that’s quite a thing!)? Obviously you wouldn’t have wanted that. And of course, we all never wanted her to face what she had to face but it was clear it was going to happen ever since the wedding was announced. You can easily choose to hate the change in the storyline but don’t come up now with “THEY DID ALL THIS SO HE COULD RAPE HER!”. Technically speaking, that’s what happened historically 9/10 times with arranged marriage and probably you couldn’t even call it rape since she agreed to marry him (remember, Littlefinger gave her a choice after all). Personally speaking I was more disturbed by the psychological abuse than the fisical violence. Deciding to keep the guy who allegedly killed her younger brothers and betrayed Robb in the same room with them as she loses her virginity is like the worst Ramsay could to, to both of them, Sansa and Theon. That’s what we should be concentrating on, I think, ‘cause you can heal from physical wounds but the ones that really scar you are those of the mind/soul. I was outraged for Sansa’s mental position more than I was about a consummated wedding night which of course, it was obvious, wasnt going to be romantic or whatever.
3. Lastly, some people wrote that Sansa’s a broken character now. That all of her character development so far has been useless and that the rape is going to seriously jeopardize any future one. I couldn’t be less convinced of this. Sansa’s not a little girl anymore. She’s been married to Tyrion and she knows what happens (most of the times) during a wedding night. SHE HAS PROBABLY BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT SINCE LITTLEFINGER SUGGESTED THE PLAN. SHE KNEW what was coming and she decided to go along with this. It does not mean she deserves it. It does not justify Ramsay. It doesn’t make things easier. BUT IT DOES GIVE HER CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, MATURITY. It’s evident she can’t be playing the game of thrones with Ramsay ‘cause she knows he’s a deranged man but she’s not taking any shit from Myranda… the old times Sansa wouldn’t have done that. She’s at home now, she takes strength from Winterfell. The rape doesn’t mean she’s not badass anymore. The rape doesn’t make her arc stupid and her character development insubstantial. RAPE DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE WEAK OR BROKEN. RAPE VICTIMS ARE NOT WEAK OR BROKEN. They’ve endured something horrible but that doesn’t mean they’re not people anymore, it doesn’t make them useless or wasted. It’s too soon to say where this experience will take Sansa but to think she’s a destroyed character because of this is stupid. Remember, she endured her family’s butchering, her home’s destruction and her dreams shattering. She endured and came out stronger. I have no idea what’s coming next for her (I hope something good, for sure) but I’m sure Sansa Stark hasn’t “died” here. The North lives with her. And the North remembers.
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