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You knew the moment the crowned prince offered you the crown and gave you the title as “Queen of Love and Beauty” over his wife that this wasn’t just a harmless action. The way his purple indigo eyes watched you as you took the crown from the tip of his lance and placed it on your head…it scared you. The way he watched you even as everyone in attendance remained seated, all watching with eyes wide and full of shock, confusion, and a few of outrage. This wasn’t something you and your twin sister, Lyanna, would be gushing about later in your tent.

At least it wasn’t Lyanna. You couldn’t help but think as your brothers, Brandon and Ned, pulled you from the stands and back toward where the tents of the North had been set up among those of the Stormlands and the Vale.

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Game of Thrones Fic Rec: Sansa Stark

Powerful is Sansa Stark - a fighter and survivor, her ability for self preservation is unmatchable. Years of torment, yet Sansa has not broken. Her scars give her leverage, standing tall and strong in her conviction and actions. A true Lady of North, for she, like all Starks, knows winter is coming.


  • Sansa Stark x Jaime Lannister
    • The Eyes See True*: Tyrion’s escape plan for Jaime is successful, and he leaves Riverrun without having made a vow to return Catelyn Stark’s daughters. He arrives immediately after the Battle of Blackwater and learns the truth about Cersei much sooner. Joffrey and Sansa are still engaged. How will his presence change events?
    • The Lion and the Wolf*: What would happen if, instead of Tyrion, Sansa Stark is wed to the other brother? If she can win him, can Sansa use Jaime Lannister to influence his own family? Or, better, will he keep his oath and take her home? Jaime L./Sansa S.
  • Sansa Stark x Joffrey Baratheon
    • A Caged Songbird*: “I will be a silent, and dutiful wife,” Sansa spits. “I will be their pretty little songbird, and wear their ugly crown, and sit on their painful throne. I shall give him a babe, and my love, and I will wait until he thinks that he has won. And then I shall take his life.“ Shae goes still. "You … you plan to kill the King?” “No,” Sansa says. “I plan to kill my husband.”
    • Heart of a Lion: Good Joffrey! Got your attention? Basically this is ‘what if Robert had Joffrey fostered by Ned? The result is a somewhat decent Joffrey, who regards the Starks as his family, genuinely loves Sansa, is at odds with his mother who only wants (what she perceives as) what’s best for him. Despite this, all hell breaks loose anyways.
    • The Northern Lion: King Robert knew nothing good would come of his son inheriting the Iron Throne if he kept behaving the way he did. After the last straw of Prince Joffrey’s petulant and violent behavior, King Robert sends the unusual five year old to be a ward under House Stark. If anyone could fix the Future King of Westeros, it would be Eddard Stark.
    • The Thrill and the Hurting*: Sansa slips into shadows. She can play Joffrey’s games or perish on his horrific playground. She realizes she must invent a new persona to suit her mad king’s desires. Joffrey is plagued by unsettling flashbacks that may explain his gruesome hobbies. As the memories become more vivid, he must face a very dark secret he repressed during childhood. Now they play in shadows. Together.
  • Sansa Stark x Margaery Tyrell
    • Rose Fangs and Wolf Thorns*: “'Valar morgulis,’ they say,” Margaery murmured. “But we are not men, my Sansa. And we are survivors."Margaery marries Joffrey, and becomes Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Sansa remains.
  • Sansa Stark x Oberyn Martell
    • A Red Wolf Emerges*: There is a chance to escape the monstrous place she used to call home. There is a chance to break free from the vile animal that is her husband. A wolf gets away from the hold of the men who flay, and finds solace in a city full of snakes.
    • Vengeance is Ours*: Armed with a common vengeance, it would seem that now is the best time for the Wolves of Winterfell to be allied with the Vipers of Dorne. If this was what it took to see the realm renewed from the hold of the Lannisters, this is the gamble that Robb Stark would take, even if the price was to have his sister Sansa wedded to the Red Viper himself.
    • Revelations: "She has night terrors. It relaxes her to sleep where I am, and as I am needed at my desk most nights, she’s taken to sleeping in the armchair. An innocent notion, I assure you, King Robb.”
  • Sansa Stark x Petyr Baelish 
  • Sansa Stark x Podrick Payne
    • i love a maid as white as winter: She moves too quickly for him to react, but suddenly, her hand is on his chin and her lips are pressed against his cheek. The gesture fills him up like Arbor gold, a sip of summer in an instant, a sample of something more.
    • Game of Thrones: After the Trials*: Podrick suffers a hard life, bullied at school by Joffrey for things beyond his control, he suffers daily. Sansa also suffers at Joffrey’s hands, as his 'girlfriend’. When events spiral out of control, the two begin to discover their feelings for each other and begin to wonder if they can truly be together and see Joffrey brought to justice.
  • Sansa Stark x Sandor Clegane (The Hound)
    • A Lightness*: Sandor never left during the Battle of the Blackwater. Stannis was defeated and killed. Robb returned to Winterfell to take back his home. He married Roslin Frey and there was no Red Wedding. Joffrey did not die at his wedding. Robb waited for the right opportunity to take Joffrey down. For Sansa, there was only waiting. Waiting for someone to take her from King’s Landing… waiting for the rest of her life to begin. (Complete)
    • A Song of Steel*: Sandor Clegane embarked on a quest to find his brother, but so far all he’s found is a lost little bird - and a big problem.
    • Always Find Me Here*: Joffrey makes them do it - again, and again, and again. (Complete)
    • Broken Wing*: Sansa is broken beyond repair. (Complete)
    • Come Morning Light*: “I lit a candle and I prayed for you,” Sandor rasped. “I prayed that you’d hate me and forget me, forget this face. And I’ve been praying it ever since. Get that in your pretty head, girl. I lit a fucking candle, and I prayed for you.” (Complete)
    • Cut if out and then Restart: After the Battle of Blackwater, Sandor takes Sansa to Riverrun and joins the Starks; Yet the road to redemption is never a simple one, nor is it an easy thing to change one’s fate. (Complete)
    • Her Liquor’s Top Shelf*: Sansa Stark has had an easy life as a normal teenager until she gets embroiled in the life of Sandor Clegane, a man who seemingly has a simple life himself of owning and running a bar. Clegane has a dark past, though, and he owes debts. When his old boss comes calling on those debts, Sandor can’t say no. Under the guise of being a nightclub owner, Renly Baratheon runs half of the city against the likes of the corrupt politician, Tywin Lannister. The balance of power is shifting, though. Jaime Lannister, who has broken the law under his badge, turns his eyes onto Sandor. Meanwhile, Renly turns his eyes onto Jaime and the entire Lannister family. What results is a war unleashed onto the very streets of Kingsland, pulling Sansa’s own family into its clutches and changing their lives forever—and no one more than herself and her sister, Arya Stark. (Complete)
    • The Hound and the Bird*: Sandor and Sansa try to fight their growing feelings for each other as King’s Landing descends into chaos. Together, they find soft moments in a harsh place.
    • Into the Wood*: A divergence after Blackwater. (Complete)
    • Kept*: Joffrey is still alive after his wedding to Margery Tyrell and Sansa is still his prisoner. But when his most loyal guard asks for a favour, he feels honour bound to grant it. (Complete)
    • Kindred*: It is said that two souls, whether kin or strangers, old or young, friend or foe, may be 'kindred’. These souls are thought to be bound in some way, their paths wound by Fate from the same thread. Many never realize this, but some choose to follow the thread, whatever may come. Until.
    • The Prophecy*: Prophecies of market charlatans might entertain idiots who have their heads full of dreams, but Sandor knows better. Love, lands, family. Why not as well tell him that he will soon sprout wings and fly into the sun, as longs as she is at it? (Complete)
    • Thunderstruck*: Straight-laced and a yuppie in the making, Sansa is dragged to a metal concert by Arya and Gendry where she captures the eye of the guitarist of the band Cannibal Star. Crude and lewd, Sandor is everything Sansa was certain she didn’t want. Even with this unlikely match, sparks fly and misadventures ensue as they try to get their two worlds to combine.
    • Wolves and Hounds Work Together*: Sandor decides to help Sansa and rescues Ned from being executed, swearing loyalty to the Starks. He is made Sansa’s sworn shield to protect her from any conflict due to the upcoming war, but what will happen when they spend too much time together?
  • Sansa Stark x Tyrion Lannister
    • A Shadow and a Wolf*: Tyrion Lannister weds Sansa Stark and everything goes as it happened in the show. However, just before Joffrey’s wedding, an unexpected event changes everything. The forced husband and wife will have to go beyond their family loyalties in order to survive and hope to win the game of thrones.
    • Desperate to Connect*: Sansa is in need of security since the last of her family has been butchered at the Red Wedding; but what if Baelish cannot come through with his promise? She develops a new strategy in the fight for her survival; one that will impact the lives of her and Tyrion Lannister forever.
    • Sins of the Father*: Joffrey never died at the Purple Wedding so Tyrion wasn’t put on trial for his death nor did he murder his father and lover. Sansa didn’t fall into the hands of Littlefinger - though she did fall into bed and babe with Tyrion. Spans their life until 318 and it wasn’t as clean as they thought it might be with an heir produced for Winterfell and Casterly Rock. Also, being Queen does not bode well for Margaery when she struggles to give Joffrey a son at first,monly daughters which he ends up neglecting, only for his eldest to become a sadistic murderess: his ideal child for the Iron Throne whole his only surviving son is the heir he never wanted.
    • UNDER THE SUMMER SUN*: Tyrion and Sansa escape together from the Purple Wedding in an intensely emotional, romantic and sexual voyage, also full of discovery and a little adventure. I love this couple.
    • Wolf in the Lion’s Den*: A tale of Sansa and Tyrion’s growing relationship after they have married. How will their relationship bud among the troubles that surround them?

anonymous asked:

Why does Leyton Hightower marry Jorah to Lynesse? Isn't house Mormont pretty poor compared to most houses, so why would Leyton marry her to Jorah?

Thanks for the question, Anon.

Well, there’s the fairy-tale tourney reason, which is that Lord Jorah won the Tourney of Lannisport and, as the victor, could ask for and should (in chivalric theory, at least) receive any boon he desired. This aspect of chivalric culture is taken seriously - we see Renly, self-proclaimed king, holding himself to his own promise of the champion’s boon to Brienne at the melee of Bitterbridge, though he desperately wanted Barristan Selmy to wear the blue cloak - and would certainly be understood by the Old Man of Oldtown - a man whose House traces its mythic ancestry to Maris the Maid, a woman whose hand was won at Westeros’ legendary first tourney. Jorah was the champion, and he asked for the hand of Lord Hightower’s daughter as his boon - well, unless she was already betrothed or there were some other compelling reason to deny him, Lord Hightower should duly play his part and grant it. Now, I wouldn’t say that’s the only reason he said yes, of course - Lord Hightower being far too powerful to be swayed merely by the likes of romantic notions of chivalry, or a cash-poor Northern lord - but that’s definitely a factor that applies here.

What’s also going on underneath is that - for all her Hightower name - Lynesse is a youngest daughter in a large family, and unfortunately in the world of dynastic marriage, even a Hightower youngest daughter doesn’t have the best prospects. I talked about this a while ago, but it’s worth mentioning again.  Someone has to marry all (or at least many of) those minor-league sons of Westeros, after all, and sometimes that someone happens to be the daughter of a very prominent House. Sure, Alerie Hightower became the Lady of Highgarden, and her sister Alysanne the wife of Lord Arthur Ambrose, but less fortunate daughters Denyse and Leyla marry a younger son of House Redwyne and Ser Jon Cupps (my - admittedly entirely personal - headcanon about his being the Knight of Vinetown would make him a vassal of a vassal, hardly a great match). We see this happen outside Oldtown as well, with Jocelyn Stark marrying a younger son of House Royce and Alys Arryn marrying a younger son of House Waynwood (and her youngest daughter marrying a knight of the Waynwood’s vassal House Hardyng).  Lynesse might have been exceptionally beautiful (at least to lovestruck Jorah), but it was probably unlikely she would win a lord to wed, especially a lord sworn to a paramount House and who controlled an entire island. 

It’s also worth noting the context this betrothal happened in. I mentioned before that Jorah was the champion of the Tourney of Lannisport, but he had more going for him than just being the winner. He had just been knighted, by the king himself, for exceptional valor during the siege of Pyke. He was a vassal of the king’s closest friend, Lord Eddard Stark, and with those credentials might have been expected to rise high in the latter’s, and possibly the former’s, favor. He had just beaten seasoned tourney riders and even Ser Jaime Lannister - one of the most talented knights of his generation. Jorah was the hero of the hour, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Leyton thought he had an up-and-coming tourney hero in his prospective son-in-law. Lord Jorah Mormont, military hero, favored vassal, renowned victor of the lists, with his Hightower lady fair giving him her favor - there were worse marital fates for Lynesse, Lord Leyton might have thought.

So yes, House Mormont is not wealthy, or even a particularly powerful vassal House to the Starks (they’re not the Manderlys, to be sure, unless someone gets on building Baywatch over there). But Jorah had a promising and (hopefully) growing resume - a lord in his own right, leal vassal of the king’s closest friend, a prospective tourney champion. With Lynesse unlikely to win a lord of equal standing otherwise, and the rules of chivalry pressing him to assent to the match, Lord Leyton might have thought the marriage a fair bargain, all things considered. It didn’t turn out that way, of course, but hindsight something something.  

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GoT Season 5 v Season 6

Season 5 ended with ultimate lows for all the big characters. Jon was dead. Arya was blind. Sansa and Theon were escaping the Boltons. Cersei just had her walk of shame. Dany was being surrounded by the Dothraki. Tyrion was doing alright compared to the S4 finale, but he wasn’t in a great spot either. I think that’s why people hate that season so much. It was dark and bleak. Things were going really, really terribly for everyone. 

Then we get Season 6. There’s suddenly a lot of success and epic victories for these characters. Think about where all the characters are in the S6 finale in comparison to the S5 finale. Dany and Tyrion are standing side by side, sailing to Westeros. Cersei’s sitting on the Iron Throne. Theon and Yara are together and allied with Dany. House Stark!!! They had the best season of all (it’s about time). Jon’s resurrected and King in the North. Jonsa reunion. They reclaim Winterfell. Sansa and Arya get some sweet Red Wedding revenge. Bran and Arya are coming home. 

They’ve peaked. The last 6 seasons all basically culminated to the S6 finale. A lot of those characters are finally getting what they coveted in earlier seasons. This next season is a whole new chapter (the white walkers pretty much), and that’s so fucking exciting!!!!!!

Never marry your daughter: the fatherhood lessons we can all learn from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones makes its much anticipated return to TV screens on Sunday. And if the epic fantasy is about anything – aside from politics, dragons, murders, and zombie snowmen – it’s about the father-heir relationship.

Fathers passing on the lineage of their House, or sentencing their offspring to death for not cutting the family mustard. Sons trying to live up to their father’s name, or bumping off the old man for power instead. Yes, those parent-child relationships can be tricky.

So, taking examples from the best (and worst) fathers from Westeros, here are a few lessons in parenting that all dads can relate to.

1. Lead by example (your kids will follow – good or bad)

Dad Lesson From: Ned Stark & Roose Bolton

You know deep down that you’re far from perfect, but your kids will look up to you no matter what.

Ned Stark was honourable (to a fault, in fact – it’s that kind of integrity that got him executed) and so are his kids (though it got a couple of them executed too).

Roose Bolton, on the other hand, was a treacherous double-crosser who turned on the Starks and stole their castle. It’s little surprise then, that his son Ramsey grew up to be the North’s most vicious delinquent – and murdered his own father so he could have the castle himself.

2. You won’t get a minute’s peace (not even on the toilet)

Dad Lesson From: Tywin Lannister

Tywin knows about the unglamorous side of being a dad. You can’t even sit on the loo without one of your kids hassling you. I know how he feels. In Tywin’s case, it’s his Imp son Tyrion, who he’s just sentenced to death – the final act of fatherly disappointment. In my case, my eighteen-month-old, who admittedly just wants to sit on my lap or unravel a toilet roll, rather than confronting me about why I never loved him and then skewering me a crossbow. Still annoying though.

3. You can’t have favourites (even if one of them is a little b-word)

Dad Lesson From: Ned Stark

It’s arguably the greatest parenting taboo of them all, admitting that you’ve got a favourite. But chances are, if you’re in any way human, the thought has passed through your mind – especially when one of the kids is playing up. But if Lord Eddard Stark has a favourite, he never showed it. Even Jon Snow – the boy Ned raised as his illegitimate son – got equal treatment.

You have to admire Ned’s commitment to good, fair parenting – especially in a world where the only thing more complicated than the father-son relationships are the father/b*stard son relationships. Jon Snow has turned out pretty well. In fact, a tenner says he’s king by the end of the series.

4. Tell your kids they make you proud (no matter how utterly useless they are)

Dad Lesson From: Randyll Tarley

Lord Tarley, a proud warrior and nobleman, has always been ashamed of his son Samwell, who – to be fair – is a clumsy heffalump who’s more interested in books that beheading enemies.

Whether we want to admit it or not, a lot of us dads know how Randyll feels. For instance, my five-year-old’s performance in the three-legged race last year was an embarrassment for everyone who witnessed it. I would never tell him, of course. I certainly wouldn’t have sent him to the Night’s Watch for a lifetime of celibacy and servitude. That’s asking for guaranteed daddy issues and resentment.

5. Don’t spoil them (unless you want to raise a tyrant)

Dad Lesson From: Robert Baratheon

It’s easy to get carried away. You want your kids to have the best. You love the excitement on their faces when they get a new toy or open a bag of sweets. But it’s double-edged sword (and it could be a literal double-edged sword, if you’re spoiling them with, erm, swords). Look at King Robert Baratheon and his heir Joffrey. Willfully ignoring the fact that Joff’s not his biological son, Robert’s riches and nonchalant parenting (he only seems bothered about Joffrey when the boy’s out-duelled by a girl) turned Joffery into a spoilt brat/sadist monster.

Spoilt rotten, you could say.

6. Give your kids some attention (or they’ll do crazy things to get it)

Dad Lesson From: Balon Greyjoy

How many times have you skipped a bedtime story because you were too tired? Or plonked your kids in front the TV because you’re too busy? And how many times have the kids played up just to get a few seconds of valuable fatherly attention?

If there was ever proof that you’ll regret not being an attentive dad, it’s Balon Greyjoy. He spurned his estranged son Theon, prompting Theon to seek his father’s approval by sacking Winterfell and murdering everyone – which he ended up getting the, well, chop for.

Bet Balon wishes he’d just given his son a cuddle as he opened up that parcel containing Theon’s favourite body part.

7. You always regret tough love (it really, really burns them)

Dad Lesson From: Stannis Baratheon

We’ve all been there. The kids won’t eat their dinner. They won’t put their shoes on. They’re screaming in the backseat. All of a sudden, you snap – raise your voice, dish out some unreasonably tough discipline, then spend the rest of day worrying you’ve been too harsh and you’re somehow psychologically damaging your children.

It’s that kind of thing that makes fatherhood one long anxious worry. So think about how Stannis Baratheon feels. He dished out the toughest love of all – burning his daughter Shireen at the stake. And she wasn’t anywhere near as annoying as my kids are. It’s no wonder Stannis welcomed his death at the hand of Brienne just days later.

8. Treat boys and girls the same (girls can play with swords too, you know)

Dad Lesson From: Ned Stark & Craster

That’s not to say gender neutral parenting is the only way (it’s a bit hippy-ish, even for the decidedly gender-neutral eunuchs), but it’s a sad day when your kids start seeing the world in terms of “boy things” and “girl things” – like their innocence has been lost. Put them on the right track by teaching them boys and girls are equal.

Ned Stark – yes, that relentless do-gooder again, but to be fair, he’s a ruddy good dad – broke gender norms by letting tomboy Arya swordfight, which put her in good stead.

On the flipside, there’s wilding nutcase Craster, who’s so backward on the whole “boys and girls are equal” thing that he leaves his baby sons out in the woods to be gobbled up by White Walkers. Saying that, he marries his daughters too. Terrible parenting.

Greatjon Umber is a really underrated character. Like have a list of reasons as to why the Greatjon is deserving of your love.
-Grey Wind chewed off his fingers and he /laughed/.
-His loyalty to Robb was utterly unswerving in the face of full frontal war.
-Him following Robb round and announcing his presence to people.
-His King in the North speech.
-The fact that the Freys got him so drunk that it would’ve /killed/ three normal men and it took eight men to subdue him and even then he managed to break someone’s arm.
-He’s one of the best warriors in Westeros.
-His complete conviction in himself and his causes.
-The way he goes around telling everyone that he’s Robb’s best banner man. -Basically everything about Greatjon Umber is wonderful and as of ADWD he’s a Frey captive. I want a lot of things from A Winds of Winter but what I really want is for him to escape and wreak havoc.

galaxynerd420  asked:

Can you do Rainbow Quartz for the thing?

Give me a fictional character and i’ll let you know their

(HP) Hogwarts House/ Occupation: Slytherin/ Prof. Charms

Rainbow is arguably the most “charming” professor at Hogwarts. All the students no matter their house can agree on that. 

(ATLA/LOK) Bender/Non Bender Role: Non Bender/ Chi Blocker

No bender is safe when they are up against Rainbow. Acrobatic and cunning, rainbow gives even master benders trouble. Amon tried to recruit her but she declined, said she prefers to work alone. 

Star Wars Allegiance/Role: Bounty Hunter/ Empire Associate

One of the empire’s favorite associates, Rainbow Quartz is a master assassin and bounty hunter known throughout the galaxy. She prefers capture missions the most. Her favorite bounty was capturing Senator Greg Universe. Unfortunately he was rescued by the New Jedi Order. 

Game of Thrones House/Role: House Greyjoy/ Ship Captain 

The Greyjoy’s best sailor, Captain Rainbow adventures all around Westeros, Essos, the unknown seas. It is said she keeps unknown “Gems” for herself. 

anonymous asked:

What about houses who's your favorite family?

STARKS all the way! Not only because the Stark children have the best plot lines of the entire show, but I love just how involved the Starks are in the lore of northern westeros, like with the wall, and the Others. Not to mention warging, and they have badass direwolves.

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HUMBLE & LOYAL - GROWING STRONG: Parallels between Catherine of Aragon and Margaery Tyrell


The reason I bring this up is because another post recently addressed these comparisons between Queen Margaery (if we want to get technical –Queen Dowager) and Catherine of Aragon and another to Catherine’s role in the aftermath of the Evil May Day Riots.Unlike previous Queens in Westeros and some warring Queens in English history, these two women have shown us there is more to being Queen than looking good, making threats, and yelling at others.

For book readers who know the story ahead of time, you know what will happen. The actress played Anne Boleyn in the “Tudors” but that doesn’t mean she is playing her again, rather she is playing an amalgam of Catherine of Aragon with some elements of her rival Anne Boleyn. This is how the author works, he loves to mash up historical people together, when he doesn’t he just adds events that happen to someone else into his new characters. Just as the events in the story where you have the war of the five kings based on the wars of the roses with elements from other past conflicts such as the war of succession between Stephen and Matilda.
The Tyrells are a prominent and wealthy family from Highgarden –the most fertile land in Westeros. The Lannisters hate them for this but they invite them to court anyway because they need their support and unlike the golden lions, they haven’t wasted their coffers and they don’t owe anything to the Iron Bank. In real history, the Tudor dynasty as the Lannister-Baratheon, was fairly new and needed a prominent marriage to legitimize itself. Marrying Elizabeth of York was just the first step to uniting the two warring factions that had torn England apart for more than thirty years, now a foreign alliance was needed to bring validity to their claim. So, what did the senior Henry do? He arranged a match between his eldest son Arthur and Princess Catherine of Aragon. When Catherine came she was greeted with marvelous spectacle. It was a display of richness unlike anything that was ever seen. Her marriage to Arthur in St. Paul Cathedral was even more splendorous and Catherine astounded everyone by being the first bride to wear white (a color not commonly used for brides then) and wearing fashions that soon became the gossip of court. Her husband-to-be also wore white but it was his wife who stole the scene and not long after they pronounced their vows a sumptuous banquet followed.

Of course these two women would not get to enjoy their positions very long. Margaery though, has the advantage that she married a king, boy-annoying-sadistic-king, but a king nonetheless. Catherine, married only a Prince –albeit the crown Prince. In the books Margaery is only sixteen when she was widowed, the same age Catherine was when she was widowed after five months of marriage. In the show’s present timeline, Margaery is in a political limbo with her grandma leaving her all on her own. (But fear not, she has her ambitious but dullard father and her cousins with her). Olenna’s words are to use the same strategy, kill more bees with honey than vinegar and win Tommen over. In the show Tommen appears to be close to 12 and if we take the producers’ word that Margaery is a teenager, then she must be 18. Six, seven years older than him same as with our Queen’s mother, Catherine.

What makes these women even more similar is their great understanding of politics and political networking. Margaery as Catherine is no stranger to the political scene having learned from the best, her grandmother Olenna. She knows the public’s support is vital for the stability of the kingdom. As with her historical counterpart she will do public acts of charity and wear a smile even when she feels threatened to, because that is the way to survive.
Catherine could show herself pleasant and humble even in the most trying moments of herself. Through great acts of charity and her deep religious devotion, her friendliness, and her charisma she won the English people. She was everything a Queen was expected to be. When she came to England, as a young girl she enthralled the crowds with her new fashions, her glamour, her sweetness, her humility and the dances she brought from her native Spain. She was in short, the perfect bride, the perfect Queen-to-be.

The other factor that until recently has been explored in the show is religion. Margaery lives by the virtues of the Maiden and the Mother while Catherine lived by those of the Holy Virgin.

Their greatest acts of humility though is in giving others credit when all the credit should be theirs. It is a world where women were seen as an extension of their husband, very little women had independent power. Margaery and Catherine are survivalists who use the weapons they have -humility, virtue, family connections- to fulfill their ambitions. In a society where women must show themselves subservient to their husbands or the men in their family; Margaery and Catherine’s only methods of fighting is by winning hearts and feeding egos. Joffrey cowered during the Battle at Blackwater, his family would have been lost if it were not for Margaery’s family but she could never say this so she chooses instead to give him credit when she goes to the orphanage and tell the children that it is thanks to Joffrey she is here today and they are all alive. It was her idea to give the left-overs to the poor people but she chose to say it was Joffrey. Similarly, Catherine rallied Henry’s men and generals to fight against the Scots in Flodden and after her victory she chose to say it was Henry who deserved full credit and gave him James IV’s bloodstaind coat as tribute.

Not all though is/was sunshine and roses for these two. Book readers know what is coming. Show fans it is not much of a spoiler to say that Cersei and Tywin will do everything in their power to stall the alliance with the Tyrells. Much as they need them, are they willing to share their power with the Tyrells?
The Tudors knew the risk of such alliance. Yet they signed a betrothal agreement after dispensation came from Pope Julius II that licensed the union between Catherine and Prince Henry.
Henry VII did not want to return the remainder of Katherine’s dowry, and Katherine swore that her union with Arthur remained unconsummated, hence, everything was fine for her to marry the next in line. Two things happened though, first her mother died in 1504 then a new war of succession between her sister Juana and her father Ferdinand of Aragon for the control of Castile. Catherine was no longer a fashionable bride and with very little support, she was forced to live in a political limbo. Not one to give up, she continued to be present at court whenever she could, looking every bit as the royal she was and always making sure she was close to the royal family and close to the Prince of Wales. At first it seemed her efforts were futile but during the last three years of Henry VII’s reign, she became her father’s ambassador and the mediator between the two kings. On his deathbed it was said that first Tudor king asked his son to honor his promise and marry the Spanish Princess. The rest we know is history. He and Catherine were jointly crowned and for the first years of their marriage he became her “Sir Loyal Heart” and she his trusted confidante and advisor.
Margaery is in a political limbo that shouldn’t last more than a month since things move very fast in the world of Game Of Thrones. But a marriage to Tommen does not mean it is a happily ever after. Catherine had the advantage of no jealous family members when she married Henry. They were crowned together and enjoyed many years of happy marriage until Catherine passed the age of childbearing. Margaery has a king whose mother is a paranoid and nervous wreck and a grandfather who is willing to do everything (and I do mean everything) to protect his family name.

CERSEI: “You know the story of the Rains of Castamere? House Reyne was a powerful family, very wealthy. Aren’t the Tyrells the most second powerful family in Westeros? Of course ambitious climbers don’t want to be second best. So Lord Reyne built a castle as grand as Casterly Rock and gave his wife diamonds larger than any my mother ever wore. Finally one day he rebelled against my father. Do you know where House Reyne is now?”
MARGAERY: “Gone”
CERSEI: “Gone. A gentle world. I prefer slaughtered. Every man, woman, and child put to the sword. I remember seeing their bodies hanging high up above the gates of Casterly Rock. My father let them rot there all summer. And now the Reynes weep o’ their halls and not a soul to hear.”

Perhaps Margaery should take these threats to heart. But as her historical counterpart she understands there is a weapon far deadlier than the sword and that is public relations, something both have learned from their strong family members. Margaery from Olenna (who decided to marry a handsome and rich man instead of a crazy Targaryen, much like Isabel decided to marry a man who would help her boost her influence at court and combat her half-brother and the faction building around his daughter Juana) and Catherine from her mother Isabel. Lastly, they are willing to fight to keep the title they fully believe is theirs by right. As Catherine’s first motto when she married Arthur “Not For My Crown”, Margaery is not going to rest until she attains her Crown. A prize Catherine held on until the day she died.

Sources: Sister Queens: The Noble and Tragic Lives of Juana of Castile and Katherine of Aragon by Julia Fox, Katherine of Aragon by Patrick Williams, Six Wives and the Many Mistresses of Henry VIII and In Bed with the Tudors by Amy Licence, Six Wives of Henry VIII by David Starkey, Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser, A Song of Ice and Fire 1-5 by George R.R. Martin, and the World of Ice and Fire by Martin, and Isabella: Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey.


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Battle of the Bastards

I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE SATISFIED IN AN EPISODE IN A VERY VERY LONG TIME.

This ep was FUCKING EPIC!!!!

From Daenerys teaching the masters a lesson with her motherfucking dragons

From when the two armies collided and Jon and the others were surrounded

To when my badass bitches Daenerys and Yara shook hands (I’m really looking forward to this allegiance. It is going to be AWESOME) 

To when Sansa and Littlefinger came with a bloody army and Ramsay shit his pants

When a pissed off Jon stormed Winterfell and beat the living crap out of Ramsay like the little shit he is (I thought he was going to let Sansa chop his head off or something)

When Sansa watched as his dogs ate him alive

A taste of his own medicine. Tastes good doesn’t it? (Better than any dragon related death I imagined)

Now all I want is for Jon and Sansa to join Daenerys and Yara and take Westeros. I also kinda want Jon or Yara to hook up with Daenerys. Am I asking for too much?!?!

anonymous asked:

Do you think that House Targaryen is going die with Daenerys in A Dream of Spring. I'm quite spectacle that Targaryens are going to be ruling over the entire continent of Westerors at the end of series. The world book has more or less stated that without dragon you cannot rule over the other Kingdoms, because of the size and cultural difference in each reigon. Even with dragons, the Targaryen dynasty was very medicore. Aenys, Maegor, Viserys and Aegon II were terrible kings despite have dragons.

“Dragons are the nuclear deterrent, and only Dany has them, which in some ways makes her the most powerful person in the world. But is that sufficient? These are the kind of issues I’m trying to explore. The United States right now has the ability to destroy the world with our nuclear arsenal, but that doesn’t mean we can achieve specific geopolitical goals. Power is more subtle than that. You can have the power to destroy, but it doesn’t give you the power to reform, or improve, or build.” -George R.R. Martin

If anything, GRRM has proven how little a dragon actually helps in creating a positive and beneficial government. Sure, Aegon was never taking Westeros without dragons, but Dorne was able to resist, and the biggest and baddest dragon on the block did not help Maegor survive a rebel movement led by Jaehaerys I, motivated largely because of the mass killings of his reign. At best, dragons are an option when it comes to dispatching enemies and awing your subjects, but that’s not the be-all and end-all of rulership.

House Targaryen (and Robert Baratheon) was able to rule for over 150 years without a single dragon, and some of those kings came very close to discovering a dragonless government can be almost as powerful as one with the fiery flying beasts. Daeron I’s martial glories and Viserys II’s bureaucratic competence both looked to grasp a symbol of the new, dragonless Targaryens. Heck, even the greatest of the Targaryen kings, Jaehaerys I, was not known for his mighty dragon but his sound governance, commitment to just and fair rule, and ability to win converts to his cause of maintaining the government for the good of the nation. Aegon I, too, was a conqueror with the help of his dragons, but the politics he designed won himself a generation of peaceful, stable rule, and Balerion wasn’t a policy crafter.

So, I can’t say that Daenerys is going to rule over Westeros simply because she’s the only one with a dragon. Jaehaerys I’s campaign against Maegor and the Storming of the Dragonpit shows us that if your people despise you, your dragons shall not save you. Your policies are what keep you in office, how you use your office, the goals you set for your various bureaucracies and agencies, these are what keep you on your throne. I’ve expressed my disagreement with Daenerys’s policies and philosophy of governance before, but whatever shape they take, those are her tools for securing her reign, not Drogon.

Alright, now for the second part of your question, will House Targaryen die out in A Dream of Spring? To that, I answer, probably. We know the ending isn’t going to be sunshine and rainbows, so it’s entirely possible that House Targaryen dies out, the dragons and their riders never returning from the curtain of light at the end of the world, leaving Westeros without a ruler with a claim. If she does survive, she’s not coming out of whatever the climax is untouched. She’ll be harrowed and haunted by that great metaphysical reality that she was born to defeat. She might survive, but I doubt she goes on to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Maybe she abandons the world for a house with a red door, spent after her destiny is completed, and the world continues on as normal.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

heterophobicmaxanne  asked:

I think Sansa can't really become a non-player, at least not at the point at which she is in AFFC, but I think she can (and imo probably will) refuse to become a player in the way a lot of people that are/were surrounding her want her to. I think ultimately Sansa will reject the cruel and exploitative aspects of the 'game of thrones' that LF and Cersei are trying to force her to adapt - see her quote about "If I am ever queen, I will make them love me."

sithjarjar replied to your post “i always felt that sansa’s arc is not just about refusing to remain a pawn, but…”

i really like how you phrased this. i absolutely want sansa to be involved in the political make up of westeros after the war of dawn but, as you say, that doesn’t have to mean returning to the status quo

I definitely agree with you both. Sansa is a parallel to Cersei in many ways, or more accurately an anti-parallel. Sansa can learn to be a player of the game of thrones (and may not be able to avoid becoming a player, if she wishes to no longer be a pawn), but she can reject the thesis that one must win or die. (You can play to survive, you can play to keep your family and your people safe, but that doesn’t mean you have to be on the very top with everyone below you ground into the dirt.) Sansa can reject the idea that one must make puppets of one’s children, from generation to generation. And Sansa can learn to play the game to protect the innocent, prevent their suffering. (She may have some unfortunate object lessons early on where she cannot, mind you, but we’ll see.)

Like I said about House Targaryen and Alysanne and Jaehaerys, one doesn’t need fire and blood to rule well and peacefully. Alysanne and Jaehaerys certainly played the game (for example, see the various essays on the New Gift), but they also improved Westeros, improved society, and all in all made things so much better than where they started. I can only hope that one day Sansa has both the power and the skills to do the same for her people.

R + L = J

There’s still many speculation behind the nature of Rhaegar and Lyanna’s relationship, so I would like to (try to) clear it up with the most logical solution.

When Ned Stark and Howland Reed found Lyanna “in a bed of blood”, she forced Ned to promise her something. The bed of blood is most likely one of child birth, and Lyanna got Ned to promise her he would raise Jon as his own.

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