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Yes, Arya thought. Yes, it’s you who ought to run, you and Lord Tywin and the Mountain and Ser Addam and Ser Amory and stupid Ser Lyonel whoever he is, all of you better run or my brother will kill you, he’s a Stark, he’s more wolf than man, and so am I. ― Arya VIII, A Clash of Kings.

“average writer publishes about 1 book a decade” factoid actualy just statistical error. average writer publishes several books per decade. Westeros Georg, who lives in a new mexico and only publishes when the stars are aligned , is an outlier adn should not have been counted

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Robert wanted to be loved. My brother Tyrion has the same disease. Do you want to be loved, Sansa? Everyone wants to be loved. I see flowering hasn’t made you any brighter. Sansa, permit me to share a bit of womanly wisdom with you on this very special day. Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same. — George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

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Endless list of favourite female characters: Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)

“The wolf blood.” Arya remembered now. “I’ll be as strong as Robb. I said I would.” She took a deep breath, then lifted the broomstick in both hands and brought it down across her knee. It broke with a loud crack, and she threw the pieces aside. I am a direwolf, and done with wooden teeth. ― Arya X, A Clash of Kings.

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“Robert wanted to be loved. My brother Tyrion has the same disease. Do you want to be loved, Sansa?”
“Everyone wants to be loved.”
“I see flowering hasn’t made you any brighter,” said Cersei. “Sansa, permit me to share a bit of womanly wisdom with you on this very special day. 

Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.

George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings.

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“How can you still count yourself a knight, when you have forsaken every vow you ever swore?”
Jaime reached for the flagon to refill his cup. “So many vows…they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It’s too much. No matter what you do, you’re forsaking one vow or the other.” He took a healthy swallow of wine and closed his eyes for an instant, leaning his head back against the patch of nitre on the wall. “I was the youngest man ever to wear the white cloak.”
“And the youngest to betray all it stood for, Kingslayer.”
“Kingslayer,” he pronounced carefully. “And such a king he was!”

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Endless list of favourite female characters: Catelyn Tully Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)

I have always done my duty, she thought. Perhaps that was why her lord father had always cherished her best of all his children. Her two older brothers had both died in infancy, so she had been son as well as daughter to Lord Hoster until Edmure was born. Then her mother had died and her father had told her that she must be the lady of Riverrun now, and she had done that too. And when Lord Hoster promised her to Brandon Stark, she had thanked him for making her such a splendid match. ― Catelyn VI, A Clash of Kings.

When she thought of seeing Robb’s face again Arya had to bite her lip. And I want to see Jon too, and Bran and Rickon, and Mother. Even Sansa… I’ll kiss her and beg her pardons like a proper lady, she’ll like that.
—  Arya VII, A Clash of Kings

During her ACOK chapters Arya starts to identify with smaller animals, denying her inner wolfness. 

The first time she does that is when she’s on the road while  being prisoner of Gregor Clegane.  There she compares herself with a lamb, while thinking that the villagers who surround her can also  be regarded as sheep.

[…]The direwolf was the sigil of the Starks, but Arya felt more a lamb, surrounded by a herd of other sheep. She hated the villagers for their sheepishness, almost as much as she hated herself.

In order to understand Arya’s mindset we need to examine the dire situation she had found herself in.  In the village fight, she was knocked down and robbed of her weapon, needle. Then, one of her friends, Lommy, was killed in front of her eyes so suddenly that she couldn’t do anything about it .Later she spends ten days in a storehouse within the village  where Gregor Clegane picked each morning one of the prisoners whom his men questioned and tortured until the person died. The whole interrogation was done in front of the rest prisoners. So, Arya not only had to live in fear that she or her friends might be  the next victims but also had to witness the horrors Gregor’s men infected upon the poor people they choose.

She feels so powerless and ashamed that she can’t do anything but fear . She also  feels undeserving of being a Stark and associating herself with wolves. She thinks that her mentor, Syrio Forel, would never react the same way that she did and that he could stood his ground and that makes her hate herself for being weak more.

It’s needless to say that Arya’s reaction to these horrific events is natural and there is nothing to be ashamed for. But Arya, being the noble heart she is and being used to standing up to injustice couldn’t feel anything less than being a failure for not opposing her captors.

When she arrives to Harrenhal, she starts to comparing herself with another animal, a mouse.

Arry was a fierce little boy with a sword, and I’m just a grey mouse girl with a pail.

I just included one quote here but there are plenty passages where Arya associates herself with being a mouse in her Harrenhal chapters. She considers herself being that little dirty animal because she’s living in a tatty way, and also because she’s unnoticed by those who have a higher status than her. That turns to her advantage because she’s able to hear many secrets of them as they never pay attention when she’s around.

After  she decides to accept Jaqen’s offer of killing three people for her  she doesn’t feel that powerless anymore. And that’s why she’s starts to feel less like a mouse,too.

She took a step, and another, and with each she felt less a mouse

Later on, she starts to identify as a wolf again but only briefly because she’s still abused by her captors and she can do nothing about it.

There is a beautiful scene though, where she prays to the Old Gods to make her unafraid and a wolf again. 

Help me, you old gods, she prayed silently. Help me get those men out of the dungeon so we can kill Ser Amory, and bring me home to Winterfell. Make me a water dancer and a wolf and not afraid again, ever.

After that scene she’s able to become a wolf once again. Because an aspect of being a wolf is being brave. And that is Arya when she decides to fleet from Harrenhal and also when she executes her plan.

Daenerys’ Introspection and Why “She is so Entitled” is a Baseless Accusation

While Daenerys Targaryen is often fashioned by the storyline as the Chosen One, as someone who is destined to rule and the messiah who will save her people, she is often accused and judged unfairly as either being too entitled or or her story as too one-noted. If destiny will lead her to greatness and if she is only fashioned as a queen because of the miracles she did, then Daenerys Targaryen is bland and her desire to rule the Seven Kingdom is but a dream fueled by lies. 

This is false. As part of my rereading of A Clash of Kings, I implore everyone to read Daenerys II. In this chapter alone, we have seen the different facets of Daenerys Targaryen - her fears, her desire, her acknowledgment that the Seven Kingdom will not fall into her lap like a ripe fruit. She knows where she stands and her self-awareness should be given more credit than it is often denied. 

First, she talked about what she doesn’t want King’s Landing to be:

Dany had no wish to reduce King’s Landing to a blackened ruin full of unquiet ghosts. She had supped enough on tears.

This is where the show failed in portraying her character. She never wished to burn cities and make ruins to take what she thinks is hers.  She won’t be the first one to suggest flying over the Red Keep and burn the city to showcase her power. Much of her struggle in Meereen is mostly hinged on her great hesitancy to use her dragons to burn her enemies. She wanted to plant trees and not be the Queen of ashes.  She had seen so much chaos and destruction in her life that what she wished for is something better, something more peaceful, something like this:

I want to make my kingdom beautiful, to fill it with fat men and pretty maids and laughing children. I want my people to smile when they see me ride by, the way Viserys said they smiled for my father.

This is what she wished for. Students of politics with realist persuasion may only see Dany as naive, and she may be because she dreamed of something utterly peaceful. She is an idealist in that she really does aspire to have the best for her people. (She dreams for a  Lord of the Ring ending). The mere fact that despite everything she’d been through, despite experiencing the worst, that she can still dream of something this beautiful is a testament of her bravery and determination. When she could just easily turn into a cynic, she still chose to be an optimist. 

And she is an optimist who has a clear understanding of her position:

But before she could do that she must conquer.

This is part of her line that many of her critics forget. She doesn’t believe that there are people in the Seven Kingdoms who secretly await for her return to raise their banners and install her as the rightful Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. She calls Viserys fool for believing that. She is fully aware that if she wants to take the Iron Throne, she had to do this by force. She took note of the power of Robert Baratheon, of Eddard Stark and the Lannisters, and she doubted that she would win against them even despite having her dragons. 

(The juxtaposition of what she envisions for the Seven Kingdoms and what she must do to take it is also interesting. To conquer requires firepower and destruction, while her image of King’s Landing is about nurturing and peace. Again, it’s that contrast in her role as a Mother of Dragons and Mhysa. Does she need to destroy to build up her Kingdom the road she had to take is an important aspect of her path to Queenship, which we saw in Meereen and may see when she steps foot in King’s Landing.)

The Bleeding Star led me to Qarth for a purpose. Here I will find what I need., if I have the strength to take what is offered, and the wisdom to avoid the traps and snares. If the gods mean for me to conquer, they will provide, they will send me a sign, and if not … if not …

It is true that Daenerys Targaryen has seen it her destiny to rule, that god will guide her to what her purpose is, but she is not blinded by miracles. Let’s be clear here, knowing that you gave birth to dragons who have been extinct for centuries and that you walked into a funeral pyre and was left unburnt, more likely you will also feel that you have a greater purpose, that you are extraordinary. Yet, here again, in the backdrop of miracle and in the context of having a “gods-sanctioned” purpose, Daenerys doubts. She is actually more introspective in her decisions (and maybe even more so compared to other characters in the series.) 

When she found out that Robert and Eddard are dead, and that Westeros is divided, she was pleased and not because of what Jorah believed to be. While Jorah told her that their deaths don’t mean anything, or that the Seven Kingdoms will not fall on her hands like ripe peaches, she knows this. She knows she needs fleet, gold, armies, and alliances. And we know that she knows this because earlier she already recognized that she needs to conquer the Seven Kingdoms to get the Iron Throne.

In fact, this chapter also highlights that Dany also has a good political mind: 

“Before, the Seven Kingdoms were like my Drogo’s khalasar, a hundred thousand made as one by his strength. Now they fly to pieces, even as the khalasar did after my khal lay dead.”

She is correct here. A divided kingdom with divided forces is an advantage for her. This chaos in the Seven Kingdoms can strategically give her allies she may not have in different setting. A divided Kingdom also means a divided power, which could also provide leverage for Dany to consolidate her own. Of course, this is not exactly what happened, but let’s appreciate Dany’s introspection here. She does know how the game works. 

Lastly, it cannot be emphasized enough that not wanting to make ruin out of the places where she wished to rule someday is a principle she holds dear. She is not an impulsive ruler as the show wants her to be, nor she is brainless when it comes to politics. While we can accuse her of having a romanticized version of her father’s reign, she also keeps an open mind. If she can acknowledge that Viserys is a fool, she will also come to realize that everything she thought about her father, her brother, the Usurper and the Usurper’s dogs is not the entire picture. (Not to say that she already headed in that direction in ADWD). 

She may be fifteen here, but her intelligence shouldn’t be undermined or underestimated. 

Remember who you are

“She had heard the longing in Ser Jorah’s voice when he spoke of his Bear Island”

(thoughts of Daenerys; A Clash Of Kings)


“You are a queen. In Westeros.”

“It is such a long way. I was tired, Jorah. I was weary of war. I wanted to rest, to laugh, to plant trees and see them grow. I am only a young girl.”

“ No. You are the blood of the dragon. Dragons plant no trees. Remember that. Remember who you are, what you were made to be. Remember your words.“

“Fire and Blood.”

(Daenerys having a fever dream of Jorah Mormont; A Dance With Dragons)

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The mother heard her. Somehow the queen’s voice cut through the woman’s ravaged wits. Her slack face twisted in loathing. “Whore!” she shrieked. “Kingslayer’s whore! Brotherfucker!” Her dead child dropped from her arms like a sack of flour as she pointed at Cersei. “Brotherfucker brotherfucker brotherfucker.” - Tyrion IX, ACoK

“M’lady,” said the big man. “Here she is.”
“Aye,” added the one-eyed man. “The Kingslayer’s whore.
She flinched. “Why would you call me that?”
“If I had a silver stag for every time you said his name, I’d be as rich as your friends the Lannisters.”
“That was only … you do not understand …”
“Don’t we, though?” The big man laughed. “I think we might. There’s a stink of lion about you, lady.” 
- Brienne VIII, AFfC

Canon Arya Stark Appreciation Week 

Day Two: Favorite familial relationship (Jon Snow)

“When at last she slept, she dreamed of home. The kingsroad wound its way past Winterfell on its way to the Wall, and Yoren had promised he’d leave her there with no one any wiser about who she’d been. She yearned to see her mother again, and Robb and Bran and Rickon… but it was Jon Snow she thought of most. She wished somehow they could come to the Wall before Winterfell, so Jon might muss up her hair and call her “little sister.” She’d tell him, “I missed you,” and he’d say it too at the very same moment, the way they always used to say things together. She would have liked that. She would have liked that better than anything.” - Arya I, A Clash of Kings (George R.R. Martin)