i just realized sam tarly is the ultimate in Millennial Representation. He is constantly told that he’s lazy (even though he arguably knows More than everyone around him and fkn killed a white walker), strives to unlearn the prejudices (against the wildlings) that his parents instilled in him and in the most recent ep the fkn baby boomers of westros told him he couldn’t do anything, but he ancient googled that shit, cured an incurable disease and the baby boomers STILL BARELY GAVE HIM CREDIT AND TOLD HIM TO CLEAN THE TOILETS WHEN HE HAS MORE SKILLS THEN ALL OF THEM
Alright so Dany’s far-too-perfect hair aside, I have a few things to say about Sunday’s GoT episode
AND MOST OF THEM HAVE TO DO WITH THE RIDICULOUS MONTAGE OF SAMWELL TARLY RE-SHELVING BOOKS
It’s fine that we get Sam shelving books. Thats like, whatever. It’s also fine that there is a chained lib. In fact, it’s a nice historically accurate touch. But do you want to know what the point of a chained library was???
THE POINT WAS THAT THE BOOKS WERE CHAINED SO THAT NO ONE COULD TAKE SAID BOOKS OUT OF THE LIBRARY. OR EVEN AWAY FROM THE SHELVES. You didn’t just unchain the books and read them, you had to actually sit in little desks next to the bookshelves. THERE IS NO WAY TO RE-SHELVE A BOOK IN A CHAINED LIBRARY BECAUSE THE BOOKS NEVER LEAVE THE SHELVES.
THAT’S THE LITERAL POINT OF THEM. Sam shelving books makes 0 sense in a chained library. Like literally none. And the fact that the GoT producers make us watch him do this mundane action 15 fucking times kills me.
One of the reasons chained libs were a thing, was so that…..wait for it…THE BOOKS WOULDN’T BE STOLEN OR EVEN REMOVED FROM THE LIBRARY. So then,,,,,,the fact that sam…..removes a books from the restricted section is like??? THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE??? if the chains aren’t there to keep the priceless MANUSCRIPTS WRITTEN ON DEAD COWS FROM BEING TAKEN, then what usage do they even have???
FIRST OF ALL YOU DON’T NEED AN OFF LIMITS SECTION IN A PROPER CHAINED LIBRARY. ALL THE BOOKS STAY ON THEIR SHELVES AND NO ONE STEALS THEM. Second of all, the IDEA THAT IF THERE WAS A RESTRICTED AREA, THAT THOSE BOOKS WOULDN’T BE CHAINED AS WELL, IS LUDICROUS. why wouldnt you want double security?
honestly, this entire scene is so fucking stupid. you dont have to be a medievalist to be like, well what are the chains for if not for chaining the books and protecting them? It’s such a basic ass concept and there is a literal chained library in hereford wales that one can visit. and it’s so clear to me that that’s where the show runners copied the chains from because IT LOOKS EXACTLY THE SAME. BUT SOMEHOW THEY MANAGED TO LEAVE OUT THE CRUCIAL DETAIL THAT BOOKS IN A CHAINED LIBRARY ARE CHAINED.
Books in chained libraries are chained because chained libraries are for chaining books.
this show has a 10 million dollar budget per episode. christ.