Originally posted by glas-smaragaide

Okay let‘s talk about this for a second.

Let’s talk about how he’s going at it with Lysa. How hard he kissses her, how he devours her, how he just completely shuts her up and takes her breath away, how he just takes her right then and there, almost mercilessly, how he shows her that he is the one who makes the rules, he is the one who demands, and all she has to do is bend her will to his, give herself to him, completely, absolutely, and it’s so sweet…

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And then let’s talk about how he’s kissing Sansa, so carefully, gently, respectfully. He doesn’t demand, he doesn’t take, he asks, he offers, showing her that she can make the rules, she can set the pace, and he will follow her willingly. Because he is feeling things for Sansa he doesn’t feel for Lysa, and it’s not just lust and passion and, maybe, the memory of Cat.

What he’s feeling for her is respect. He doesn’t want to frighten her or confuse her, he doesn’t want to overwhelm her, but he can’t not kiss her at that moment. He can’t resist the beautiful snow maid. So he kisses her gently, and when she turns away, he respects her and immediately lets her go.

This kiss, maybe more than her flowering, more than her marriage to Tyrion, showed Sansa that she is a woman now. And Petyr sees her as that. He sees her as a grown woman, not some frightened child who doesn’t know any better and who he can take advantage of. Sansa is strong, she is a force to be reckoned with, at least she will be under Petyr’s counsil. And with that kiss, he has shown her all that. He hasn’t just offered her his body, he has offered her his mind. He has shown her that he sees her as a woman who might as well become his equal one day.

Petyr’s marriage to Lysa was short, fast, ruthless. He took what he could and when she was of no more use, discarded Lysa.

Petyr’s relationship to Sansa is different. It’s slow, careful, deep. He’s in it for the long haul. He doesn’t want to take, he wants to give. And he showed her all that with a single kiss.

Just a reminder that I am clearly talking about book!Petyr because there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for what show!Petyr did in season 5.

whilst everyone’s getting pumped for season 5, I think we need to remember a couple of things

  • don’t forget lady stoneheart. don’t forget that the show runners actively decided to cut one of the most powerful character arcs of the book and force her, instead, into the nagging mother stereotype
  • don’t forget arianne martell. don’t forget that it looks like the show runners actively decided to cut a powerful, feminine, kick ass woman of colour, who was next in the line of succession
  • don’t forget that her storyline was all about liberating myrcella and crowning her under dornish law, where women have the same inheritance rights as men, and aren’t passed over in favour of their younger male siblings. don’t forget that her entire storyline focused on females empowering other females.
  • don’t forget that it looks like they’re giving that same storyline to her younger male sibling, who they have gone out of their way to age up so he fits the role, and the story will now probably be “dashing young prince-to-be kidnaps damsel in distress”
  • don’t forget the jamie/cersei rape scene. don’t forget that the show runners actively made the decision to change the story and make that scene include rape.
  • don’t forget that mance rayder had a wife called dalla, and that she had a sister called val and that they were both important leading characters in jon’s story. don’t forget that the show runners actively made the decision to cut them out.
  • don’t forget the totally unnecessary changes to bran’s storyline. don’t forget the fact that rape and abuse just became part of the background set for most of those scenes. don’t forget that the show runners were on set, actively deciding that those scenes needed a little more male on female violence in the background.
  • don’t forget that natalia tena wanted osha to have a pubic wig because when the fuck would a wildling women shave her vagina and the show runners actively told her that wasn’t allowed.
  • don’t forget that they created a female character just to serve as a frequently nude prostitute, and that when the actress, esme bianco, refused to do any more nude scenes, the show runners fired her
  • don’t forget that she was then killed off in the most sexually violent, brutal, and demeaning way possible
  • don’t forget chataya and alayaya, a mother and daughter who were strong, sexual, and unashamedly so, and ran their own brothel. don’t forget that the show runners cut them out, too. don’t forget that the show runners have no problem with sex and prostitution so long as it’s on a man’s terms, and as soon as women are making the decisions, they don’t like it.
  • don’t forget that this show we love and watch and support perpetually goes out of its way to instigate violence against women, to take away their agency, their character, their rights, and their abilities. don’t forget that the show runners consciously make the decisions to demean women and use them as a way to dress the set. don’t forget that they take stories from women and give them to the men. don’t forget that they do not support and respect women the way we support and respect their show.

anonymous asked:

If they aren't cutting Bran completely why are you upset?? I think you are overreacting

I really don’t think I am overreacting. I love Game of Thrones, if you follow my blog you would know that I love the books and the show. 

However, my reasons for liking the show have been dwindling since the last season and with all the releases of information about the new season. 

Here’s why -SPOILERS AHEAD-

FIRST: Over the summer, GoT released the casting of the Martell’s and various Sand’s for the upcoming season since we will be spending some time in Dorne. 

However, they didn’t cast Arianne Martell who  is, in fact the heir of Dorne because Dornish law allows the firstborn to be an heir, regardless of gender.

Instead, HBO stated that Trystane Martell is the heir to Dorne. 

Trystane is Arienne’s younger brother.

This is bullshit. Arianne is an amazing female character and there is a whole storyline where she helps Myrcella because Dornish law respects female succession, so Arianne believes that Myrcella belongs on the Iron Throne.

The fact that they are completely ignoring this character is sexist and completely ridiculous, and it puts Dorne on the same level as the other kingdoms in Westeros in regards to sexism which just isn’t right. 

You can read more about it here

SECOND: Lady Stoneheart. 

D&D completely botched Catelyn’s character, in favor of Robb’s POV  and now they have decided to cut one of the most powerful character arcs in the series.

THE ENTIRE FUCKING TAGLINE FOR THE FOURTH SEASON WAS THE NORTH REMEMBERS. 

Did you see any evidence of the north remembering? I SURE AS FUCK DIDN’T.

Over and over again, the writers are actively deciding to cut powerful women in this series, or refusing to employ women who don’t want to appear naked anymore.

Read more about the decision to cut LS here

THIRD: The Jaime/Ceresi rape scene that IS ENTIRELY CONSENTUAL IN THE BOOKS. 

It kills me that they actively decided to practically erase all of Jaime’s character development in favor of a rape scene that NEVER happens in the book and essentially has no real purpose besides to shock the audience. 

This disgusted me so if you want to read more about it check these articles here.

FOURTH: Bran’s storyline changes and now cut from season five. 

Representation matters.

Representation matters.

REPRESENTATION MATTERS. 

Representation matters. 

The fact is, that Bran is a character who is going through struggles, changes, and challenges just like the other characters. 

The only difference is that he is disabled. He is unable to fight in great battles or fuck naked women.

Why didn’t they sideline Theon for a few seasons (like he doesn’t appear in Storm of Swords or Feast for Crows)???

I just feel like this is another step that the writers and producers are actively taking to make this show more about shock value, cool effects, and badass characters rather than telling a story that GRRM wrote so beautifully, about characters who are REAL.

The books that he gets so much praise for his representation of a variety of characters, including women and disabled characters!

If you want to read more about the decision to cut Bran here is an article. 

I love Game of Thrones and  I will continue to watch the show because it is really great, but I will not sit back and simply accept the things that are clearly wrong with the decision making that goes into this show.

NOW TELL ME I’M OVERREACTING. 

On the Importance of "Alayne Stone," the Bastard

Based on these gifs.

Game of Thrones has just erased another very important facet of Sansa Stark’s storyline, that is, her hiding in the Vale as Alayne Stone, Petyr’s bastard daughter. Sansa being forced to give up her noble position has a lot of significance in the books, such as: 

  • Parallel with Jon Snow: once Sansa assumes her place as Alayne, a visible shift in Sansa’s language occurs. She not only begins to refer to Jon as her “half-brother” instead of “bastard brother,” she also begins to sympathize with his status as illegitimate and the harsh reality that comes with it.
  • Parallel with Arya Stark: the sisters, two sides of the same coin, both lose inherent parts of their identity that undoubtedly help shape them in the future. When Arya’s chapters start being named differently, so do Sansa’s. Both of them assume new names and new positions in society, which is so important that they both lose bits of what they wanted most. Arya is forced to give up things like her sword and face that symbolize her connection to family (father and half-brother), and Sansa is forced to give up both status, name, and physical appearance that is her connection to family (her mother, true born brothers).
  • Loss of nobility: her experience as Alayne is supposed to be humbling. She’s no longer the daughter of Ned Stark the Lord, nor the sister of Robb Stark the King. She’s a bastard, yes still of a noble, but only a “minor” noble (until Littlefinger inherits the Vale via Robyn anyway). She dresses more modestly, less like she usually enjoys. No one pays her any mind and she mixes in with the common folk, leading to the next point.
  • Fostering friendship with Mya Stone: since Mya is absent as of yet, we can probably guess that she’s not going to be very relevant in Sansa’s story, which is an incredible shame, because Mya was not only the first lowborn friend Sansa had, but also one of the few people who was genuine and honest with her, and helped her understand the world of commoners.
  • Marring her beauty: thus far, Sansa is noticed explicitly for her beautiful Tully looks, more specifically her red hair. When she becomes Alayne and dyes her hair brown, it makes her slightly less beautiful, and therefore less welcome to the privileges that come with being a conventionally attractive woman, plus a little bit of the relief of being less sexually noticed (though that certainly doesn’t stop several characters from threatening to rape her anyway). 
  • Isolation: In King’s Landing, she was widely known as Sansa Stark (for better or worse), but in the Vale, the main person who knows her identity is Petyr and that’s not only something that kind of scares Sansa, but it actually literally forms a split in her mind. When GRRM stops titling Sansa’s chapters with her name and starts titling them “Alayne,” it symbolizes the change happening in Sansa’s life, the distancing of herself from the girl she once was to the woman she is being forced to become. For example, one of the things Sansa does in her Alayne chapter is change her age. She literally says Alayne is someone who would be older than Sansa as she’s gone through more. 
  • The larger arc of identity: which is a pretty big one that is played upon constantly and repeatedly. Arya becomes Arry becomes Beth becomes the blind beggar, etc etc. Catelyn Tully becomes Lady Stoneheart. Bran loses himself to become a tree (?). Rickon loses his status to be basically raised by wildlings and cannibals (and his feral wolf). Jon Snow becomes Lord Commander. Without becoming the bastard, how can Sansa properly achieve that ultimate arc?

The show probably chose to change her bastard status (or at least change it to a less important part of her identity than niece, which is how she’s introduced first) because they didn’t want to confuse viewers. But I personally think it’s another fumble amongst the many they’ve already made to Sansa. Alayne Stone is important, it’s important for her to be a bastard daughter of a minor lord, it’s important for her to be treated like a commoner and have friends from a bastard tier like her, it’s important for her to make that differentiation in identity. Taking that away is seriously doing harm to her plotline. 

anonymous asked:

Its getting on my nerves that everyone hates Dany for executing that guy but praises Jon for executing Janos Slynt. Like Jon can chop peoples heads off but not Dany? Don't get me wrong, I agree that everyone should be more sympathetic to the executed person in Dany's situation. But Jon isnt super cool or a heroic badass for killing a crying old guy. Idk I feel like its almost sexist. Thoughts?

Women are generally expected to be gentler than men, so I see where you’re coming from, however, in this instance the Jon vs. Dany issue goes a lot further than gender. Let’s examine the facts:

  • Jon executed a man who openly spoke out against him. Dany killed a man who was a close ally.
  • Jon executed a rich snob from the capital who was only looking out for himself. Dany killed a former slave who wanted to help her cause, and the cause of his people. 
  • People tend to cheer more when an asshole is killed, rather than when it happens to a young, passionate, misguided underdog who killed a murderer.
  • Jon followed in the footsteps of Ned and executed the man himself. Dany followed in her father’s, and had the man killed. The result was of course the same, but people respond differently to something that is for better or worse, seen as more honorable.
  • Jon got rid of a voice of dissent. Dany killed a member of her council representing a large and extremely disenfranchised group of her people.
  • Jon had to make his decision in public, everyone heard Janos. Dany decided to have a very public execution, not handle the matter privately.
  • Both were forced into the decision, but Jon actively sought it out. His enemies were either going to swallow his commands or disobey orders. Many people see it as badass, because it was in fact the result of a calculated move.
  • Jon’s actions strengthened, at least for the time being, his position. Dany has weakened her control over the city and lost support.
Why Sansa in Winterfell makes no sense for any player involved

Roose Bolton:

  • Only holds Winterfell based on Tywin granting him the position of Warden. Getting a letter that says “hey, I have Sansa Stark” (aka fugitive #1) and responding with anything but a raven to King’s Landing alerting them of a possible traitor in the Vale is an insane gamble. We know Roose Bolton is a cautious and calculating man, and we know he only acted for the Red Wedding when he got assurances.

Littlefinger:

  • The same person who went to great lengths to sneak Sansa out of the capital is now sending a raven to one of the Lannister’s best allies at this point—which also happens to be the family that loathes the Starks and actively betrayed them—to inform them that Sansa Stark is alive and in the Vale?
  • Littlefinger wrote this letter so that Roose would agree to marry Sansa to Ramsay, which does absolutely nothing to strengthen Sansa’s claim in the North. In fact allying with a Bolton is likely to weaken the Northern opinion of her. It would make more sense at this point to declare Sansa Queen in the North, have the Vale rally to her, and ride to Winterfell collecting Northern Lords on the way.
  • Littlefinger knows Stannis is coming with his army to Winterfell and expects Stannis to win, and that after winning he’ll name Sansa “Wardeness of the North.” Why wouldn’t he try to get a letter to Stannis in that case, or at the least, why is he trying to put Sansa in what he knows is about to become an active battle zone? He knows Stannis will want the Stark name to strengthen hold in the North and assumes the man will win. There’s no reason Sansa couldn’t just stay in the Vale with the people who will protect her. If Stannis loses, then come up with a plan where maybe Sansa infiltrates the Boltons (which is still stupid).
  • Littlefinger gets absolutely nothing in return. He hands his biggest asset to Roose Bolton for an “alliance” (?) that doesn’t actually do anything. It doesn’t strengthen his power in the Vale, and marrying Sansa off to the son of the Warden of the North doesn’t put her (and by extension him) in a position of greater power at all.
  • Littlefinger didn’t do simple background research on Ramsay. He literally said the words “I haven’t heard much about you,” yet still arranged this marriage. Perhaps if he asked any Northern Lord on the way to Winterfell (like maybe someone from House Cerwyn when Ramsay just actively flayed the Lord) he could have guessed that this wouldn’t be a good idea. There’s a difference between being a “betting man” and making uninformed stabs in the dark.

Sansa:

  • Sansa has no reason to go along with this. She has the Vale Lords on her side, which is rather important in case Littlefinger mistreats her or say…arranges a marriage she doesn’t want. So she has plenty of agency here. She gains nothing from it: daughter-in-law of the Warden of the North is not exactly a politically powerful position. The only way this would make sense is if she’s an assassin being dropped in to slit throats in the night. And while there’s commentary from the costume designer about Sansa wearing a miniature Needle (seriously wtf), this really isn’t Sansa’s skillset. She agreed with absolutely no specifics, and not even knowing the full political situation (like Stannis’s impending attack).

Why this is terrible:

  • It casually smashes the characterizations of three very serious players in one fell swoop because they thought it would be more shocking to put Sansa in this situation. Apparently things like consistency and logic are nothing when you can have gasps.
Apologizing for Porne: Their Father’s Daughters

Oh, the Show Sand Snakes, (the Sand Fakes, as I will call them) no one likes them.

Seriously, even the most sycophantic preseason reviews found a little room at the end to say something mean about the Sand Fakes. The most common comparison I’ve seen is to bad villains from a b-movie Conan rip off. They are simply AWFUL. Those horrible accents, (you have not known pain until you’ve tried to sit through a Kiwi delivering a monologue in a fake hispanic accent. Not even an oscar nomination can help you there) those stupid little sexy warrior outfits (you’re in the desert, you’re gonna get a sun burn!) and the random murder (sure, kill the guy who freely helped you, great idea!), I don’t think I have to explicate their horribleness. All I can do if throw up my arms and say “It’s not supposed to be this way!”

What the fuck is this?

The thing is, the Sand Snakes are not George R. R. Martin’s most brilliant literary creations. None of them is another Tyrion, or Sansa, or Ned, or even another Arianne. A lot of readers think they’re rather flat, and I think that’s mostly okay, secondary and tertiary characters in fiction just can’t be expected to be as well rounded as protagonists like Tyrion and Arianne.

There is an element of kind of “fantasy silliness” about the Sand Snakes, it’s true. Their “dangerousness” is a little overplayed and the way they’re all these perfect blends of one aspect of Oberyn’s personality and their mothers is very fantasy, if you know what I mean, but each is a distinct individual with a unique personality, and their function within the narrative serves a real thematic purpose.

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Jon is NOT dead, I repeat, NOT dead.

I feel the need to expand on my earlier post saying that Jon is NOT dead, by adding that yes, I did read all the Kit Harrington interviews. I know he’s trimmed his hair. I see your evidence.

I still don’t believe Jon is dead. 

There’s a famous quote, and like many old quotes, no one at this point is sure who said it, but my first creative writing professor used to quote it at us all the time. It goes something like this:  “If a gun is on the mantle in the first act, it must go off in the third.”

Good writers (and I consider GRRM to be a good one, despite his tendency to get lost in his own story and his love affair with new characters) know this rule. They follow it. And the reason they do is because, if you don’t, readers feel cheated. You want the reader to feel things, yes. You want them to be surprised. Amazed. Happy. You’ll even take angry.

But you never want them to feel cheated.

If Jon’s parentage has been so widely teased and we get nothing ….I’ll feel cheated.

If Jon’s importance to the overall arc has been so clearly pointed out and it turns out to be a red herring …I’ll feel cheated.

If Melisandre is conveniently close to Jon, and yet she can’t bring him back for “reasons” ….I’ll feel cheated.

If this is the end of Jon Snow, we’ll ALL feel cheated, in a way we didn’t when they killed Ned, or Robb. And emotions are good things, you want your viewers/readers engaged. But you don’t want them to feel cheated. (Right Shonda Rhimes????!)

So, ignore Kit “I lie to people about GoT Spoilers” Harrington. If there is something else coming for Jon, he might not know it. They might not need the same actor. They might have told him to SHUT his MOUTH because, if GRRM is really close to finishing The Winds of Winter, they want the reveal about Jon to come from the author himself. It doesn’t matter. IGNORE THE ACTOR. IGNORE THE INTERVIEWS. 

Focus on the books. Go re-watch the tv show. They all send the same message, and that message is clear.

Jon Snow’s story is not over yet. 

The stand out scene this week was Sansa as Alayne Stone in the Eyrie. Her scene was Lysa was truly heartbreaking, as we got to glimpse the real, young, excited, vaguely happy Sansa for the briefest of moments, before she realized that she had landed in another vipers’ nest again. For a brief moment, it looked like Sansa had found someone she could trust. Someone who would tell her things about her mother as a girl, and who would take care of her, and care for her well-being, and give her lemon cakes. And you can see the exact moment when she realizes that something might be amiss, when she stops smiling and speaking genuinely and starts reciting what she believes are the right words once again.

Lysa’s instability is terrifying to watch, but it’s Sansa’s denial of any relationship with Littlefinger that really hits you in the stomach. “I’m a stupid girl with stupid dreams,” she says, and although she attributes the words to Littlefinger, it’s clear that she’s speaking for herself, and crying over her naivety. She thought she had found someone who cared. She thought she was safe. But it was another stupid dream. She will never find safety. And although it’s interesting to see Sansa’s transition into someone who can play the game, who says the right words and wears the right expression and never ever ever reveals her true feelings, that glimpse of the child she still is and the happy person she could be was enough to highlight how cruel it all really is. Sansa is fourteen years old. She shouldn’t have to be a player. She shouldn’t have to try and do what Margaery does, but without a brother or a grandmother or many more years of practice and experience to support her. I’ve always been a fan of the Sansa: Queen of the North theory, but I think I’m going to switch allegiances, to Sansa: safe and happy at last.

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You know what, the more I think about it, the less sense Stannis and Melisandre burning Shireen when they did makes. And I’m not just talking in story, but on a meta level too:

  • The situation really isn’t that dire to burn someone important because of fucking weather, let alone your daughter. You can’t make that argument with a straight face when you’ve seen the equivalent scene in the books, where nobody is burned apart from 4 men who resorted to cannibalism (see what I meant by not dire enough?), purely as a punishment. And Stannis still refuses to burn Asha Greyjoy who he is holding hostage. Show Stannis, (or Satannis if you will) is like: ‘20 men burned our food stores? Welp, better burn my daughter.’ (and that’s another thing, how in the Seven Hells does he figure out their number to a man when he didn’t see them? has he dealt with a lot of 20 men arsonist teams in his time to be able to judge from the damage?) 
  • She’s his fucking heir! What’s even the point of becoming the King of Westeros if he can’t continue his line? Seriously, who else is an heir gonna be? Gendry would need finding, convincing and legitimising (and a good massage after all that rowing). Selyse probably wouldn’t give him another child (and nor are they likely to try after the events of this episode).
  • Why the hell were they even there, anyway, rather than at the Wall as in the books? His reasoning that half the Night’s Watch were rapists to take Shireen, Selyse and Mel south with him was ridiculous. Rapists they might be, but they know better than to touch someone of royal blood, knowing what would happen (extremely painful death). The decision to bring all of them south was reckless as all hell, and smacked of putting all his eggs in one basket. 
  • If Stannis does burn her in the books, there an entirely good fucking reason why it doesn’t happen before The Battle of Winterfell. You need someone who is at least vaguely likeable to root for in that. Darkness Induced Audience Apathy is a legitimate criticism. We get to choose between the father-son rapist duo and the daughter burner. Why should we even care who wins? I only hope that Sansa and Theon survive and both of them bite the dust.
  • The only way I can see Stannis burning her in the books is for a sacrifice for a proper Lightbringer, rather than the fake one he currently has (because she’s the only person he genuinely loves and it has to be a proper sacrifice). It’s probably still going to fail because he’s likely not Azor Ahai, but whatever. Unless he’s going to bite the dust on the show earlier than in the book, burning Shireen as a weather influencer seems misguided in light of this. It’s just brought forward as cheap bit of shock value for an Episode 9 that was lacking in it. 
  • It only serves to service accidental protagonist (thank you, stannisisawesome) Ramsay Sue’s character. You know, because wrecking Sansa, Theon, Littlefinger and Roose wasn’t enough. Having a complete success with 20 men so Stannis has to do that. That, and you now have people rooting for him in the battle. How do you fuck up this badly? 
Apologizing for Porne: All Dornishmen are Snakes

Racism, Orientalism, and D&D’s Dorne

So, there’s one thing that’s been quite clear to me and many others since at least the third season of Game of Thrones, the show runners, D&D, are fans of the Lannisters. They loved Tywin and thought he was great, and the adore Tyrion and Cersei (hereafter called Saint Tyrion and Carol in the context of the show). They don’t quite know what to do with Jaime (Larry) most of the time, but I digress.

Anyway, considering that fact that the Lannister are the heros of the story now (what.) maybe it shouldn’t surprise me that the show would choose to see certain things from their perspective, that the narrative would want us to be sympathetic to their motivations.

But there’s one thing we seem to be seeing from the “Lannister” or perhaps by extension in this case, “general Westerosi” perspective that I can’t understand or excuse. Because, as I’ve said elsewhere, this is not what Dorne is like, this is what someone’s racist grandmother in Lannisport thinks Dorne is like.

Image: Tomasz Jedruszek. © Fantasy Flight Games.

In Westerosi culture, the Dornishmen’s separate history, cultural distinctiveness, strong sense of unified identity, and their determination to be politically autonomous quite naturally leads to them being rather “othered” in the eyes of  Westerosi. Put another way, they are the targets of prejudice, and what I can only describe as “racism”.

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Fandom discussion: what do you think about classifying Catelyn as a Stark as opposed to a Tully? Sometimes when I see those House Pride GOT fandom posts, Cat’s with the wolves instead of the fishes. I respect that Cat sometimes signifies the ferocity and justice associated with Starks, but do we really think marriage fundamentally changes a person’s identity so much? Especially in a Westerosi world where one’s family name is very much so tied into one’s identity and inherent development.

Interestingly enough, I’ve also seen Lysa with the Arryns instead of the Tullys. Is it just that the Tully house is not popular (compared the the Starks) and they don’t have a cool animal (like the Arryns)? Is it simply that Cat embodies more traits of a Stark than a Tully the longer she’s stayed in the North? Though by GRRM’s writing, this seems unlikely. Is it because the Starks are more influential than the Tullys? 

Contrast with Cersei Lannister (who is never ever even mistakenly classified under Baratheon), Elia Martell (again never in a Targaryen gifset).

Compare with Olenna Redwyne (who does show up under Tyrells frequently, but never with her last name replaced). 

Drogon as The Stallion Who Mounts The World

The full prophecy:

“As swift as the wind he rides, and behind him his khalasar covers the earth, men without number, with arakhs shining in their hands like blades of razor grass. Fierce as a storm this prince will be. His enemies will tremble before him, and their wives will weep tears of blood and rend their flesh in grief. The bells in his hair will sing his coming, and the milk men in the stone tents will fear his name.” “The prince is riding, and he shall be the stallion who mounts the world.”

Finally the crone opened her eye and lifted her arms. “I have seen his face, and heard the thunder of his hooves,” she proclaimed in a thin, wavery voice.

The thunder of his hooves, sounds familiar:

His wings stretched twenty feet from tip to tip, black as jet. He flapped them once as he swept back above the sands, and the sound was like a clap of thunder. - describing Drogon, ADWD ch. 52


As swift as the wind he rides, and behind him his khalasar covers the earth, men without number, with arakhs shining in their hands like blades of razor grass.

Swift as the wind he rides. This can be interpreted as he rides fast like the wind, OR that he is literally riding the wind, aka flying.

Now, about getting a great khalasar to lead:

Vaes Dothrak is large enough to house every man of every khalasar, should all the khals return to the Mother at once. The crones have prophesied that one day that will come to pass, and so Vaes Dothrak must be ready to embrace all its children.”

At the end of ADWD, Dany meets the khalasar lead by Khal Jhaqo. I think she’s going to end up uniting all of the Dothraki at Vaes Dothrak. There’s a lot of mother imagery tied in there, which fits Dany’s storyline: the sacred mountain Mother of the Mountains, a lake Dany bathed in called the Womb of the World. Plus GRRM just said this in an interview about The Winds of Winter: “ Dothraki will return to the narrative “in a big way” ”. If Dany does unite the Dothraki, you can bet she’ll be leading them with Drogon. Dothraki follow strength, they abandoned Dany when Drogo died so they don’t fear Dany herself, but now with Drogon as her “stallion”, he has enough power for all Dothraki, “men without number”, to follow behind his lead. 

Fierce as a storm this prince will be. His enemies will tremble before him, and their wives will weep tears of blood and rend their flesh in grief. The bells in his hair will sing his coming, and the milk men in the stone tents will fear his name.”

Trembling and tearing at your flesh from terror sounds like an extreme reaction, but makes more sense when it’s from a dragon is coming at you rather than a person. “Stone tents” such as Harrenhal, where Harren and his whole family line were roasted alive in a tower by Balerion, and the extreme heat of dragonfire charred the caste to near ruins. Also, Drogon has been called Balerion reborn, Balerion the Black Dread, certainly people feared his name.

The old woman trembled and looked at Dany almost as if she were afraid.

Now, this one eyed crone is the oldest of the dosh khaleen, who are all former khaleesi’s. They’re strong, badass ladies, and I’m sure she has seen some savage things in her time. So for her to be scared and trembling, it must have been something exceptionally frightening to rattle her.

The prince is riding, and he shall be the stallion who mounts the world.”

Wings shadowed her fever dreams. / but suddenly the stars were gone, and across the blue sky swept the great wings, and the world took flame.  /  She could feel the heat inside her, a terrible burning in her womb. Her son was tall and proud … he smiled for her and began to lift his hand toward hers, but when he opened his mouth the fire poured out. She saw his heart burning through his chest, and in an instant he was gone, consumed like a moth by a candle, turned to ash.

Firstly, I interpreted “the prince is riding” as “he’s coming, he’s on his way.” This fever dream takes place one chapter before the hatching of the dragons. I feel like the dream is foreshadowing the dragons getting closer, being born.

When Dany goes into the funeral pyre, she knows “only death can pay for life”. I think it makes sense that Rhaego’s life was given to bring Drogon, the real Stallion.

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Character Analysis: Joffrey, First of His Name

Sophie Turner: There are no black and white, good or bad characters in ‘Game Of Thrones,’ but Joffrey was an exception. Just pure evil.

I would actually have to disagree with this statement made by Sophie Turner. I know it really is easier to dismiss Joffrey as being pure evil and a horrible human, etc, but I really REALLY think Joffrey was 80% a product of his upbringing and maybe 20% of his inbred Lannister genes. 

Joffrey was raised surrounded only by one thing: power. He learned the MOST important thing in life is power and control. So let’s dissect that.

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So you think R + L = J is "too obvious"...?

Hello! So, I’ve had a lot of meta thoughts before on similar topics and I’ve been thinking for a while I should start to collect my thoughts/words so people can easily find them/ask me other questions too :) And well, this one thing kept popping up when I started looking to write down my personal view of R+L=J. And then a guy in real life told me it was ‘so obvious’ that he really didn’t want it to happen now because it would be 'cliche’ and my palm hit my forehead, so I thought I’d write out my response.

For those (who are GOT /ASOIAF fans) who are unfamiliar with it, please check either westeros.org’s citadel or nobodysuspectsthebutterfly’s tag “r+l=j” – but otherwise, further discussion on why this is a … misguided statement to make, will be below the cut! (Because I’m a teensy bit wordy.) 

Short answer? It’s not obvious, it’s obvious to you because you’ve analyzed the text/read other fantasy novels/read the theory all neatly packaged together for you online/saw videos of it/read fanfiction of it and it's become obvious to you. That doesn’t make it cliche, it makes it make sense. Pat yourself on the back though, because you did a good job!! :) 

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Nullifying Sansa’s marriage

So according to GoT episode “High Sparrow,” the fact that Sansa’s marriage to Tyrion was not consummated is enough to have it nullified, and this merits one quickie line of dialogue.

Setting aside the fact that Sansa marrying Ramsay could make things easier for Roose, if he assumes Bran and Rickon are dead so Sansa (really, Sansa’s husband) inherits Winterfell, and Roose knows damn well Theon didn’t kill the Stark boys… and setting aside the fact that Sansa marrying Ramsay makes no damn sense for Littlefinger’s supposed manipulation of Sansa… and setting aside the unlikelihood that the Lannisters would just let their best hope of controlling the North go, since even if Cersei is out to get Tyrion, she could use Sansa’s marriage to him to secure the North, nor would Roose have any reason to piss Cersei off just because Tywin is dead… tl;dr LOL at D&D and their so-called plotting…

Setting aside all that, noble marriages do not just get nullified because they’re unconsummated! First of all, assuming that handwavy line implied the marriage was nullified with royal permission or by royal decree – the king doesn’t have that power, since he didn’t marry Sansa and Tyrion. The Faith of the Seven did, and no way in any of the seven hells would the Faith allow marriage as an institution to be so easily set aside, either.

Why? Because marriage in Westeros, and more importantly noble marriage, is not really about the husband and wife doing the deed in the bedchamber. It’s not even about alliances, though those are important and a nice perk.

It’s about securing succession and inheritance of property and noble names. Consummation and the bride’s virginity (or length of time since her previous marriage) only matter insofar as they solidify who inherits, according to legal precedent. Margaery and Tommen in the books don’t and can’t have sex yet, since Tommen is a kid, but that doesn’t make their marriage null and void, since it’s assumed they’ll produce an heir eventually – Margaery only lands in hot water when the possibility of her having another man’s child is raised in AFFC, which is much more important than the mere possibility of her adultery i.e. sexual activity with someone other than her husband.

According to D&D, marriage among the nobility is about screwing, so they give us older!Tommen and Margaery’s wedding night, and they seem to think marriage as an institution backed up by religion, legal precedent, and rules of inheritance can be easily made null and void. Since the whole point of Ramsay/Sansa is to cement the Bolton hold on the North and distance them from the Lannisters (let’s pretend Roose and Petyr’s conversation made one lick of sense), the last thing they’d want are rumors that Ramsay’s firstborn was a Lannister cuckoo’s egg. So maybe Sansa could even marry Ramsay, but not so soon after her previous marriage, and no way would her marriage to Tyrion be set aside just because they never had sex.