anne doran


Rebel Without A Cause, 1955.  James Dean, Part Two.

Rebel was originally supposed to be a B movie for Warner Bros.–quick and cheap, part of the “troubled teen” genre that was starting to become popular.  When production started, they were shooting in black and white.  Then East of Eden was released, and James Dean became a sensation; the original budget was increased to include Cinemascope and color, and scenes were reshot.  Nicholas Ray, the director, had a strong sense of design and color, and made the most of it; it’s hard to imagine the film now without Dean’s red jacket, or Natalie Wood’s red coat.  

reddeadrobin  asked:

there's a lot of Oberyn/Elia and Oberyn/Doran around here but never Doran/Elia, from the books I always got the impression Doran felt a huge hole in him when she died and his desire for justice and vengeance burns like hell and might be one of his last impulses if he hadn't so much train controlling his emotions (OKAY NO ONE BEATS THE BURNING REVENGE OF OBERYN) but yooo Doran misses his lil sister

right let me hit this up and go on a doran/elia rant

Doran naturally is quite a reserved man. I mean, he literally just says like one line eg about blood oranges being ripe to Areo and then “does not speak again for hours.” It stems from the fact that he is about 9 years old, practically half grown, well past his infant formative years, when Elia is born. Doran (although most likely grew up in the Water Gardens like any other Martell child) grew up alone. He had to mostly confide in himself, because there wasn’t someone of a close connection to whom he could share an upbringing. It kind of explains why he doesn’t speak a lot - he doesn’t have the urge to open up to someone because that’s not what he’s used to. 

So aged nine, Doran says that he “gave up the hope of brothers” and by the time of his sister’s birth, he basically told himself that this new sibling will soon die at the cradle also. Then Oberyn comes along too, just a year later, and for a moment it seems like he doesn’t have to be alone anymore. He has a sister and a brother also. He has someone to love unconditionally, and who will love him back and will look up to him. There’s someone to share his secrets with. There’s someone to share joy with. And although he is a “man grown when they were playing in the [Water Gardens],” he still finds some comfort that there is someone for him to share an upbringing with. He watches both Elia and Oberyn grow up together, and although he is not part of that exclusively, he finds some sort of semi-parental joy in that. 

Just because Doran does not fully express himself, doesn’t mean he is emotionless and loves his sister any less than Oberyn. He tells Arianne that he had plotted “the downfall of Tywin Lannister since the day they told me of Elia and her children.” That’s a long time to continuously stir one revenge plot for the death of a loved one. He’s made a marriage pact to undercut the Baratheon/Lannister power. He’s sent his son on the other side of the world on a fantastical heroic quest that has like a 50/50 survival. Doran admits it himself that Quentyn “has a harder road to walk.” He’s literally sent his son on this mission, knowing all to well of the dangers yet he still sends him. Why? Because perhaps a Targaryen Queen can destroy the family of lions who destroyed his. Or perhaps he has an ulterior motive. We will never know. But it’s pretty much fact that Elia’s death acted as the trigger to all this scheming. You don’t really have any other sibling doing dark underground plotting for 17 years to this extent. 

And you know what? Oberyn wasn’t the only one who loved his sister so much that he went out his way to kill his sister’s murderer and get a confession from Tywin Lannister to allow his sister to rest in peace. Doran has gone out of his way too to see his sister avenged. He reduces Arianne’s plot to dust because he wants the Martell comeback to be absolutely perfect. He wants to infiltrate Kingslanding, and take hold of that central power that originally held his sister and her children captive all those years ago. He wants the whole world to remember his sister, and the atrocities that were committed against her because no one messes around with Doran Martell. With such a vengeful and determined reaction to Elia’s death, I think we can conclude that Elia meant a lot to Doran to have led to so much meticulous planning to bring down the Lannisters, and anyone else who hurt his baby sister. 

That one precious person who gave hope and joy to Doran, after almost a decade of believing that he would grow old alone and that he would have to take on this cruel world by himself, was taken from him by an brutal tragedy. And he could not and will not forgive the perpetrators  so easily. Even if it means putting his children at risk and distancing himself from his wife, even if it means fooling his nieces and Dorne into thinking that he will sit idle during his reign, even if it means sacrificing so much, he will avenge his sister one way or another. Just watch this space. Doran is cooking something mega to make those who hurt Elia pay, and we won’t even see it coming.