gifs: the others

punkrocknerdfighter  asked:

if we accept that the Others are so arrogant, which is v likely, does that imply the Others don't remember that they lost the last time(s) they went up against humanity? do the Others' arrogance imply a lack of cultural memory? can we even connect their homicidal slaving nature as a whole to anything resembling a culture?

Oh, they remember. 

Ser Waymar met him bravely. “Dance with me then.” He lifted his sword high over his head, defiant. His hands trembled from the weight of it, or perhaps from the cold. Yet in that moment, Will thought, he was a boy no longer, but a man of the Night’s Watch.

The Other halted. Will saw its eyes; blue, deeper and bluer than any human eyes, a blue that burned like ice. They fixed on the longsword trembling on high, watched the moonlight running cold along the metal. For a heartbeat he dared to hope.

They emerged silently from the shadows, twins to the first. Three of them … four … five … 

The memory of Lightbringer stops a white walker in his tracks, and spurs several others to step in as potential reinforcements. But once they realize they’re in no danger, the supremacist confidence returns. 

When the blades touched, the steel shattered.

A scream echoed through the forest night, and the longsword shivered into a hundred brittle pieces, the shards scattering like a rain of needles. Royce went to his knees, shrieking, and covered his eyes. Blood welled between his fingers.

The watchers moved forward together, as if some signal had been given. Swords rose and fell, all in a deathly silence. It was cold butchery. The pale blades sliced through ringmail as if it were silk. Will closed his eyes. Far beneath him, he heard their voices and laughter sharp as icicles.

That initial doubt is very telling, however. As I and others (heh) have argued before, the link between the political and magical plots is that the Others are an exaggeration and distillation of the political plot’s worst aspects. Take the Essosi slave system, turn it up to 11, and you’ve got the wights. The Others laughing as they cut up Waymar Royce gets across the same message as the Mountain’s men laughing about their gang rape. Probably the most direct link can be found in Jon’s arc: he confronts bigotry and alienation while trying to get the NW and the wildlings to band together in the face of the Others. In other words, dealing with the magical threat means dealing with the political threat. They’re two sides of the same coin. 

And one of the things I like best about the series is how thoroughly GRRM demystifies his villains, cutting through their pretenses and bringing them crashing down to earth. Tywin initially comes off larger than life, but is gradually revealed as a deeply petty man driven by ego and resentment, and dies on the can. Littlefinger is unquestionably a clever schemer and a financial wizard, but it’s hard to be impressed by him given his constant need to let everyone know how smart he is. Ramsay is both a terrifying torturer who subjected Theon to hell and a pathetic brat respected by precisely nobody in Northern politics. Even Euron has his “fled like a dog” moment. 

Exposing a bully’s weak spot lets you know that while you have good reason to fear them, you don’t have to respect them, and that applies to the Others as much as Tywin and Littlefinger and Ramsay. They have the power to end the world, but the way to stop them is to remember that hesitation displayed by the first one we met, and set out to multiply it a hundred times over, a thousand times, a million, until they’re dead or fled once more. 

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The Land of Always Winter is the northernmost part of Westeros, far beyond the Wall. The Frostfangs and several large lakes separate them from the haunted forest. The Land of Always Winter is permanently locked in winter and perpetually frozen. Mostly unexplored, it is near the land of Thenn. It is believed that the Others come from this region. During the Dawn Age, the children of the forest and giants lived in the Land of Always Winter. According to legend, the Others came from the Land of Always Winter during the Long Night.

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Now children, are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… This story started many thousands of years ago, and it was all over in just 7 days. All that long long time ago, none of the things we can see now, the sun, the moon, the stars, the earth, the animals and plants, not a single one existed. Only God existed. And so only he could have created them. And he did.