talisa maegyr

Robb meets Talisa and falls head over heels for her in a few hours and that’s not rushed or forced.

Jon meets Dany, doesn’t care about what she wants when she demands he bend the knee, then gets to know the people who serve her and gets to know her and slowly falls in love with her over the course of a few months and that’s what people consider rushed and forced.

Stellar logic there, guys.

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                  “Does death only come for the wicked, and leave the decent behind?”                                                                                                     “No.”

anonymous asked:

How do you differentiate "this character said something I wouldn't agree with, but it makes sense" and "wow, the narrative (and the author, by extension) supports what this character is saying, this really sucks"?

Context.

Take book!Tyrion’s attitude to democracy, for example.

That was the trouble with the clans; they had an absurd notion that every man’s voice should be heard in council, so they argued about everything, endlessly. Even their women were allowed to speak.

- Tyrion VII, AGoT

Yet a major problem in the book is that Joffrey’s next in line for the throne, pointing out a big flaw in Tyrion’s preferred form of government. The anti-democratic sentiment is also explicitly linked to Tyrion’s classism and sexism in a story that deals with the damaging effects of both. So it makes sense as part of the worldbuilding, but it’s just as clear the author doesn’t agree with Tyrion.

To contrast, take the line Talisa gave us about women “wasting” their lives with balls and parties. That line exists in a context where the characters don’t spend time worrying about attendance, greeting guests properly, seating arrangements, the impression the food will make, the messages their clothing sends, the appropriateness of the music played, etc etc. On the contrary, the line exists alongside other such charmers as “most girls are stupid” and lots of sneering at “pretty dresses,” “pretty handwriting,” and “sitting inside knitting.” (Wow, did show!Arya get the short end of the stick here or what.)

In the books, if someone said that balls and parties were a waste of time we’d be able to see that this hypothetical character doesn’t understand that political arena. In the show, everything in that narrative points towards such girly occupations as partying and dancing at grand occasions being worthy of contempt. It’s all down to context.

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The Nine Free Cities are the daughters of Valyria that was. 

Each of the Free Cities has its own history and character, and each has come to have its own tongue. These are all corruptions of the original, pure form of High Valyrian, dialects that drift further from their origin with each new century since the Doom befell the Freehold.

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Got weddings I am his/hers, and s/he is mine, from this day, till the end of my days. 

Marriage customs vary considerably between the lands and major faiths, i.e. followers of the old gods, the Faith of the Seven, R'hllor, and the Drowned God. All appear to be religious ceremonies between one man and one woman (who should not be more closely related than first cousins), involving the exchange of vows in the presence of particular sacred witnesses e.g. a septon, a heart tree, or a priest/ess. It is followed by the feast, where the bride and groom eat and drink with everyone and finally, there is the bedding.