The Estermonts were her good-kin through Robert, whose father had taken one of them to wife in what must have been a fit of lust or madness. By the time Cersei wed the king, Robert’s lady mother was long dead, though both of her brothers had turned up for the wedding and stayed for half a year. Robert had later insisted on returning the courtesy with a visit to Estermont, a mountainous little island off Cape Wrath. The dank and dismal fortnight Cersei spent at Greenstone, the seat of House Estermont, was the longest of her young life. Jaime dubbed the castle “Greenshit” at first sight, and soon had Cersei doing it too. Elsewise she passed her days watching her royal husband hawk, hunt, and drink with his uncles, and bludgeon various male cousins senseless in Greenshit’s yard.
There had been a female cousin too, a chunky little widow with breasts as big as melons whose husband and father had both died at Storm’s End during the siege. “Her father was good to me,” Robert told her, “and she and I would play together when the two of us were small.” It did not take him long to start playing with her again. As soon as Cersei closed her eyes, the king would steal off to console the poor lonely creature. One night she had Jaime follow him, to confirm her suspicions. When her brother returned he asked her if she wanted Robert dead. “No,” she had replied, “I want him h o r n e d.” She liked to think that was the night when Joffrey was conceived.
All spoilers will be behind the Read More, but here are some non-spoilery thoughts:
Non-Spoilers on the special guest appearances:
So George R. R. Martin was there, which was utterly fantastic. So were Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Maisie Williams, John Bradley (Sam Tarly) and Sibel Kekilli (shae)
My favorite Martin moment was when Kristian (who was interviewing them all with fan questions went “This first one’s for you, George-” and George immediately went “I’m working on it!!!” Which made everyone laugh, but also cry inside.
John Bradley is definitely one of the most charming and hilarious cast members, and he had us all laughing a lot. Here’s one of his best moments:
Kristian: What, for you, is the best part of working on the show?
John: My last answer was a bit long winded, so I’ll just give you five words this time. Kit. Harington’s. Big. Brown. Eyes.
Maisie was adorable and seemed a bit shy/nervous to be up there in front of so many people, but she handled herself beautifully and was soooo funny.
At one point, she was asked who she’d most like to kill in the show. She said both she and Arya would choose Joffrey, but when they asked her HOW she’d like to do it she was shockingly hilarious. She basically said a sword would be a bit too quick, that she’d want to make sure it was properly humiliating and would probably leave him naked and in an embarrassing/awkward position after doing it!
Non-spoilery episode thoughts: Overall, I thought it was a really solid opener. A few grievances here and there, but the pacing was great, the characters old and new were pretty much fantastic and a lot of great groundwork has been laid for the things to come. I am definitely more excited than ever for the rest of the season.
Details on Jaime/Brienne and other scenes/characters behind the read more!
SEQUENTIAL, the graphic novel storefront and reader app focused on literary graphic novels, has announced that it is releasing titles by legendary art comics and graphic novel publisher Fantagraphics Books. The first tranche of titles, released on Valentine’s Day, includes essential work from Fantagraphics flagship title Love and Rockets in the form of Jaime Hernandez’s seminal Locas series, which tells the tales of Maggie and Hopey and a unique cast of characters.
Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds said, “SEQUENTIAL’s efforts to curate a quality selection of non-mainstream digital comics and graphic novels is something that we can get behind; we’re delighted to have our titles available on their app.”
SEQUENTIAL was released in August 2013 and is focused on book format art comics and literary graphic novels. It strongly rejects including superhero fare and has been offering titles from UK publishers Jonathan Cape, Knockabout, Myriad Editions, SelfMadeHero and Blank Slate Books. It has recently started adding major US-based graphic novel publishers to its list.
SEQUENTIAL founder Russell Willis said, “We are really thrilled to be able to add Fantagraphics titles to the app. When we started out we were driven by a vision of including the best work in the world, untainted by superheroes, and having comics and graphic novels from Fantagraphics available on SEQUENTIAL is a key part of making that vision a reality.”
The first tranche of titles includes Locas #1, #2 and #3 (Maggie the Mechanic, The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. and Perla La Loca) by Jaime Hernandez, Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor, The Left Bank Gang and I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason, and TEOTFW by Charles Forsman. Work by Gilbert Hernandez and other Fantagraphics favourites will follow shortly.
In addition the app features the work of Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, David Lloyd, Eddie Campbell, Ellen Lindner, Hunt Emerson, Isabel Greenberg, Nick Abadzis, Rutu Modan, Winshluss and many, many more.