if SU had never attempted to be deep and meaningful in the first place, i doubt anyone would be trying to criticize it. but it was literally made….to be deep and present these issues. it was MADE with the intent of being analyzed and looked over like this. rebecca sugar said so herself? (or at least one of the crew members did, idr who)
when you aim to talk about big issues and then fuck up horribly with said issues, its only logical that people would point that out. this is what its here for!
idr who said it but someone mentioned that they wondered what happened to the gz after the fall of phariah dark and i have an idea. (which is inspired by Chinese history… especially the dynasty cycle and 20th century China.)
phariah wasn’t the first ghost king, but he was the last. the secession of the throne was always passed through violence - sometimes it was by a powerful ghost, other times through the effects of a people. since ghosts have an unending existence, some reigns stretched centuries while others lasted only a few months. each reign was able to further develop the gz as a civilization, but the ghosts loyal or kin to the ruler would always receive favored treatment. sometimes the civilisations would bleed over into the real world and that’s how ancient religions were inspired (eg; zeus and odin were previous ghost kings).
phariah was a set back in terms of a lot of the growth experienced from reigns. he destroyed bureaucracies, cut back relief and aid programs, focused the military only at dissenters and left “disloyal” regions to deal with their own violence, and kept potential enemies at each other’s throats instead of his own. he promoted violence in his name as a method of propaganda and suppression and directed it at ghosts loyal to the previous ruler. the ghost zone under phariah dark was riddled with state sponsored violence, scattered/decimated opposition, and general chaos.
a small group of ghosts from the previous reign were the ones that finally defeated phariah and the fright knight. but since they were destroyed in the process, there was no entity to rally behind to form a new government, which led to regions/haunts being ruled by local lords - kinda of like the warring states period. no one ruler has been able to unite the ghost zone since the fall of phariah dark, but many have tried.
(i also just wanna add that i totally see the observers as remnants of a previous reign - one that was overtaken due to their inaction and ineffectiveness like the late tokugawa shogunate or the late qing dynasty.)
Man just the other day i was in class with homeboy talkin bout nothing.
Him: “Oh , you know they’re making a new wonder woman movie with..” *idr who*
Me: *remembering that glorious edit of Serena Williams in that Wonder Woman costume* “Eh I’d love if Serena were Wonder Woman”
The look on his face already made me want to gag.
Me: “Yeah… Serena Williams.. Tennis pla-”
Him: “Serena’s too black to be Wonder Woman.”
Me: looking home boy dead in this face thinking bout how he “The Darkest Night of All the Land” would have any audacity to comment on skin tone shades… I’m in awe.
The disbelief sways me.
Me: “Too black?”
Him: “Yea , like she’s too black.. Wonder Woman is from the Amazon.”
I almost drop the topic because this guy is really smart. Like I usually aim to be best in class and dude is always the only thing close to a challenge. And i don’t even know anything about the Wonder Woman Comics because he starts talking about the way it’s written.. but then…?!
Me: “So you’re telling me Hollywood hasn’t changed anything from how things are written in books when they produce the movie ?”
Him: “Not when it’s made to be that way.. like Wonder Woman’s charact-”
Me: “So you mean white people aren’t out here playing Egyptians.. and Scarlett Johansen wasn’t just the whole lead role in a movie about a book that was centered strictly around Asian culture?”
*every image reference clouding my mind of every time the character placement was off*
Me: *remembering he used “she’s from the amazon as a rebuttal* –"And i know you’re not going to sit here and tell me she’s from the amazon .. like black people wouldn’t exist in the amazon when you know black people exist in pretty much every part of land you can think of despite what media will fool you into thinking.”
Him: “The Amazon isn’t real–”
Me: “Oh.. so now you’re telling me Serena Williams is too black to play a fictional character from a place that isn’t real???”
Him: *talking about how its written in the comic or w.e*
Me: *thinking about how Serena is and can be all those things* Ok?
Him: *realizing he fucked up* “You know what _ never mind.. you’re annoying.”
Me: *is annoyed*
This the same dude that’s always projecting to be so pro-black. I thought we were on the same team. I was rooting for you!
Johanna Watson (Sherlock North) fancast: Amira Khalifa
She is Finnish/Chadian actress born in Helsinki, Finland in 1974, known for Maata meren alla (Overseas and Under Your Skin, 2009), Uusi päivä (New Day series, 2012-2013), And White Was the Night (2015) and Nymfit (Nymphs series, 2013).
I have seen her in Maata meren alla, which is partly set somewhere in Northern Finland (don’t remember where) where she did a very good job, even though the character was very different from the book. I might also finally finish Nymfit for her, even though she’s only in 3 episodes and I’m not sure where my dvds ended up. Anyway, since we have no idea what Johanna will be like, I think she could be a good candidate.
summer mornings with luke; your head buried in pillows, bodies engulfed in soft white cotton and the only sounds are the bustle of life outside and tiny snores tumbling from luke’s slightly open mouth. his nose bumps against your bare shoulder as he shifts quietly in his sleep subconsciously nuzzling his face against your skin; like a kitten stretching and contracting mid dream, his arm moves before it pulls you closer. the warmth of his skin on yours mirrors that of the mid morning sun lazily peeking into the room. you lean over to check your phone, somewhere in the stages between awake and sleep, quiet giggles leap from your mouth at a meme on twitter, the sound stirring luke just enough that the snores are replaced with a little laughter at you - soft and gruff. He stretches and huffs out a little groan before he nuzzles back into your shoulder without a word but you can feel he’s woken up, the slow rhythm of his dreaming breathing gone. so you link his fingers with yours and pull his arm tighter around you, leaving the burn of you lips in a little kiss to the back of his hand and he returns the gesture against your shoulder, gentle affections pushing you both back to sleep against the sun.
I would've thought Gendry's narrative would be significantly tied to Arya. It's weird that he'll be in season 7 but not have even a scene with her.
i look at it as a books v show thing in this case: books….yeah. i mean there’s some of what i’ll talk about w/r/t/the show below, but it’s also def tied to arya (that scene in affc w/brienne is very arya-centric when it comes to gendry)
but the show’s had him engaging with the ~ice and fire~ thing for a while when they had mel take him to dragonstone and assault him and perform blood magic/rhllor things on him. and in the books he def converts to the religion of the lord of light so it’s definitely there, but when it comes to things on the show w/show!gendry’s actual character, this isn’t too far out there from what they had already done to him back in s3.
also, as someone (idr who) pointed out last season, they’ll save the best reunions for last bc they’ll pack a punch if they’re delayed so i’m not too miffed about it (even if i want it…which i’m torn about but that’s for #got fury reasons).