“Ain’t it great the way it all begins in New York City? Right away, you’re making time, and making friends. No one cares where you were yesterday, if they pick you out, you’re on your way to a ‘Once Upon a Time’ that never ends.”
One thing I think about a lot with regards to ASOIAF is the lack of any true love/romance stories (at least in a “traditional” sense) and how rare it is that characters tell each other those three little words “I love you”.
So, I went back through the text to find instances of this phrase and made note of who said it to whom and in what context. Here be my findings!
“Damn you, Ned Stark. You and Jon Arryn, I loved youboth.” - Robert to Eddard (AGOT); why the past tense, Bobby B?
“Such a beautiful child. I do hope you know how much Joffrey andIloveyou.” - Cersei to Sansa (AGOT); I think we can all agree on the lack of sincerity here.
“Iloveyou as much as I ever have, my lord. Though I do not relish being played for a fool.” - Littlefinger to Tyrion (ACOK); obviously being facetious.
“Iloveyou, Tyrion,” she would whisper before they went to sleep at night. - Tysha to Tyrion (ACOK); we come to find out later that she was actually being sincere.
She kissed him. “Iloveyoufor it.” - Cat to Edmure (ASOS); sib love, y’all!
“My giant of Lannister. Iloveyouso.” - Shae to Tyrion (ASOS); after banging in the dragon skull dungeon; suuuure, we believe you, Shae…
AndIloveyouas well, sweetling. - Tyrion’s response to Shae (ASOS); only in his head though… why not said out loud?
“Iloveyoutoo, sweet sister.“ - Jaime to Cersei (AFFC); this is from Cersei’s POV, so it’s hard to gauge, but we can definitely sense a hint of resentment, especially since it occurs during an argument.
”Iloveyoutoo, sweet sister.“ - Tyrion to Cersei (AFFC); again from Cersei’s POV; interesting that both Tyrion and Jaime have identical responses to Cersei’s shade.
Jaime raised his eyes. ”Iloveyou too, sweet sister. - Jaime to Cersei (AFFC); aaaand again! And once more from Cersei’s POV.
“Iloveyou. Iloveyou. Iloveyou.” - Cersei to Jaime (AFFC); contents of her letter to Jaime begging him to help her; is she really being sincere? This is the first time she’s actually said it to him that we’ve seen in the text… and she says it THRICE; is she merely trying to play on his emotions to manipulate him into helping her? Seems likely considering how shabbily she treated him when he returned (maimed) to King’s Landing…
“I would have you live. Iloveyou.” - Qarl the Maid to Asha (ADWD); no reason to believe he isn’t sincere; however Asha does not return the sentiment.
“You are my brother’s daughters and Iloveyou, but I have learned I cannot trust you.” - Doran to the Sand Snakes (ADWD); more familial luv.
“Iloveyou all.” - Arianne to Sand Snakes (ADWD); contrary to what D&D would have you believe, the Martells are a pretty loving family.
“Ilovedyou once.” - Dany to Viserys (ADWD); speaking to him in a vision.
“Ilovedyou.” - Viserys to Dany (ADWD); same vision; lots of resentment and bittersweetness here.
And…. that’s it. 16 instances of someone telling someone else “I love you” in some form or another in some 7,000 pages of text. Only half of which that can be construed as sincere.
That’s not to say that love doesn’t exist at all in this story, or that it hasn’t been expressed in other ways (ahem “No one would hurt you again, or I’d kill them”…), but coming right out and saying the words (and meaning them) does indeed seem a rarity. I wonder what GRRM’s intention is here – the closet romantic in me would like to think that he is selective about using the phrase so that, when and where he does use it, it has greater impact.
(Which, again I’d like to think, might be commentary on our own real-life contemporary world where people throw that phrase around so much and so blithely that it’s almost lost all its meaning…)
amitds that’s what I’ve been talking about. When I read Sarada never met him my heart literally broke into pieces.
We all now she was always about Sasuke and even though she married him and they have a child, she had to be alone for 12 years. Even though her friends, her parents and her daughter were there for her, it must have been so hard for Sakura to spend those 12 years without Sasuke.
She truly must have been lonely. And it breaks my heart so much. You deserve the world Sakura. All I want is for you to be finally happy.
I added to details from the book that I love too much to not put in- Athos has a portrait in his room (I think it’s above the hearth, in the book) that shows a certain family resemblance, and he has a sword on his wall that he refuses to sell no matter how bad things get. I also headcanon that he has some furniture leftover from his finer days, but those pieces do not include a bed, which came with the room or something. I also like the idea that he chose a place up high, with windows that couldn’t be looked into. In this case, he made the mistake of picking a room with East-facing windows, so they glow with the wrath of God every morning whether he likes it or not. And I prefer his room spartan rather than totally decrepit, which I’ve read in fics a few times. I figure he doesn’t keep a store of alcohol- he goes out and gets it every night and brings it back, so it doesn’t stack up to extremely.
Book Athos would have a much nicer (or at least cozier) place that TV Athos, I think. The book also has a large chest in his apartments, full of relics from his past. I don’t think TV Athos would allow that. And separate rooms for his lacky Grimaud, who does not appear in the show.
I should do Aramis- his rooms are super awesome in the book.