irri and rakharo

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Wordless, the knight fell to his knees. The men of her khas came up behind him. Jhogo was the first to lay his arakh at her feet. “Blood of my blood,” he murmured, pushing his face to the smoking earth. “Blood of my blood,” she heard Aggo echo. “Blood of my blood,” Rakharo shouted.

And after them came her handmaids, and then the others, all the Dothraki, men and women and children, and Dany had only to look at their eyes to know that they were hers now, today and tomorrow and forever, hers as they had never been Drogo’s.

Pyp & Grenn.

I just have a lot of emotions and I wanted to get them out.

I’m brutally, unbelievably sad, don’t get me wrong. But that’s kind of the point. I’m seeing a lot of posts comparing these deaths to like, Irri and Rakharo, which I understand (and approve of parallels for though, lbr) - but there’s actually a major difference.

Grenn took the place of Donal Noye, a character who by this time was known and endeared to the reader. When Donal and Mag kill each other in a manner which keeps the gate closed, it is unbelievably sad, and also, realistic. Had they added Donal into the show a few episodes ago, then it could have worked. But had they added Donal in tonight just to kill him off, it would have fallen emotionally flat.

Furthermore, before Grenn died, he gave Jon the command, using a bit of trickery and brilliance much befitting a triumph and growth from Grenn the aurouchs.

Pyp did not take any immediate place, but in the books, by this point he has been shipped off to another castle. Yes, he’s giving orders, but Satin has taken the place of Pyp in chapters with Jon Snow, and has less of an impact on the story than those of us who love minor characters want to say he does. Here, having him die, makes his character last longer in show-watcher memories only.

This is NOT the case with Irri and Rakharo. The freaking entire khalasar was killed off on Dany, which is a 120% NOT okay, because what they tried to do was make Dany all “alone”, which officially changes her characterization. In the books, Dany is simply the strongest of widows, children, cripples, and all the ones who couldn’t walk off with the other two Khals – aside from her handmaidens and her bloodriders. They choose to stay, honor their vows and friendships, which is important. Even more important, Dany continues to take care of them, because she is mother of ALL of her people, as much as she is physically capable of, not merely of dragons. She is a leader, just as much as Jon Snow is if not more so.

So anyways, I am sad that Grenn and Pyp died, but it makes the battle at Castle Black MATTER more to show watchers, makes the fact that this was a HARD BRUTAL BATTLE actually felt, as opposed to just magically protecting the characters that are named. Irri and Rakharo died for no purpose - so I approve of this change, where I strongly disapprove of the former.

That being said, WHY COULDN’T YOU JUST HAVE ADDED IN DONAL NOYE AND LET US KEEP GRENN FORFCKSSAKES ahem I am calm really.

George R. R. Martin: 'Game of Thrones' Author Says Twist Will Appear in Book, Not TV Show

The next book in the “Game of Thrones” series, entitled “The Winds of Winter” will feature a twist that will not appear on the HBO series since the character is not alive on the show, Martin told IGN. 

Quick guys, post that list of who’s alive in the books that’s dead in the show… Other than… Jeyne Westerling, Jojen Reed, Pyp & Grenn, Shireen, Rakharo/Irri, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Pyat Pree, Mance Rayder (maybe?), Ser Barristan, Hizdahr Zo Loraq, Myrcella…? … LADY STONEHEART?

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