Ser Tywin was but twenty, the youngest man ever to serve as Hand, but the manner in which he had dealt with the rising of the Reynes and Tarbecks had made him well respected, even feared, throughout the Seven Kingdoms. His cousin Lady Joanna, the daughter of Lord Tytos’s late brother Ser Jason, was already in King’s Landing; she had been serving as a ladyin-waiting and companion to Rhaella since 259 AC. She and Ser Tywin were married a year after he became Hand of the King in a lavish ceremony at the Great Sept of Baelor, with King Aerys himself presiding over the wedding feast and bedding. // blanca suárez as joanna lannister, lex shrapnel as tywin lannister
“Tywin dreamed that his son would be a great knight, that his daughter would be a queen. He dreamed they would be so strong and brave and beautiful that no one would ever laugh at them.”
My idea behind this piece was to depict Joanna, pregnant with the twins, enjoying a quiet morning with Tywin at Casterly Rock, debating about whether the baby will be a boy or a girl, and sharing their hopes and ambitions for their first child. @tosquinha did such a beautiful job, thank you again! 💕
Jon Lannister - Sansa and Tyrion’s firstborn, named after King Jon of Houses Targaryen and Stark. Jon Lannister is a brave young man with his father’s sense of humor (and curly golden hair lol). He’s a skilled warrior like his uncle Jamie was. Sansa raised him to be everything she ever wanted in a man once. And he is everything Tyrion dreamed to be when he was a child. Jon is called a Golden Heir of House Lannister. People from the Westerlands are very proud of him. He is popular in the Riverlands also.
Catelyn and Joanna Lannister - the red-haired twins. While Catelyn is this perfect young lady like her mother is and her grandmother was, Joanna is “little Arya”. The girls are good to each other and they don’t fight that often (though Joanna fights a lot with their little brother Rickon). Cat has a little crush on Targaryen prince (but don’t say anyone).
Rickon Lannister - Youngest child. Rickon is bookish, shy and reserved young man (when he’s not arguing with Joanna). He is very intelligent and has a great political mind. He doesn’t understand, but women find him very attractive. Sounds familiar?
i thought you’d all like to know that the lonely island were working on ‘the wack album’ at the same time as joanna newsom was working on 'divers’, often in the same house. like??? if that isn’t some ridiculous musical juxtaposition idk what is
Omg how many damn times are people going to point out that Jon and Sansa are cousins, and Dany and Jon are aunt and nephew!! Everybody in the fandom knows that shit!!
The “but they are cousins” and “she’s his aunt/he’s her nephew” are getting fucking annoying seriously. everybody fucking knows that! STOP pointing out the obvious shit smh. We know wtf we are doing seriously. You ship your ship your way and I ship my ship mine. Just ship whoever the fuck you want, man.
Marriage between first cousins is not uncommon among the nobility of Westeros, and is not considered incest in their culture!
• Tywin Lannister married his cousin Joanna Lannister
• Jonnel Stark married his niece Sansa Stark
• Rickard Stark married his cousin Lyarra Stark
• Daemon Targaryen married his niece Rhaenyra Targaryen
• The Valyrians (and later, the Targaryens) preferred to marry cousins of as close a degree as possible if there were no sisters in the current generation of their families.
• and many more
and FYI (in case you don’t remember too) THIS IS FUCKING FICTIONAL
“A good horror story will frighten us, yes. It will keep us awake at night, it will make our flesh crawl, it will creep into our dreams and give new meaning to the darkness. […] Good horror stories make us look at our reflections in dark distorting mirrors, where we glimpse things that disturb us, things that we did not really want to look at. Horror looks into the shadows of the human soul, at the fears and rages that live within us all.” –GRRM
I reached the horror section of Dreamsongs a couple days ago and let me tell you, I am NOT looking forward to whatever dark trip GRRM is taking us on in TWOW. Just kidding, I need it more than ever!! GRRM knows how to tap into something primal and beam it directly into my nightmares. (I feel very uneasy about crabs right now.)
Horrifying imagery aside, GRRM’s real strength is emotional horror. Beautiful things like love, and courage, and friendship, and hope die faster than Ned Stark when GRRM writes horror. Jealousy and hatred and rage win when GRRM writes horror. (Anyone else thinking “valonqar” right now because I am…. I keep saying it, the Lannisters are horrifying, and I love them.)
For example, I read GRRM’s “Meathouse Man” and the stories are very different, but I felt a resonance with Tyrion’s storyline:
“Of all the bright cruel lies they tell you, the cruelest is the one called love.”