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Game of Thrones: A very serious TV show about bloody battles and people dying at weddings

All that Syrio Forel had taught her went racing through her head. Swift as a deer. Quiet as a shadow. Fear cuts deeper than swords. Quick as a snake. Calm as still water. Fear cuts deeper than swords. Strong as a bear. Fierce as a wolverine. Fear cuts deeper than swords. The man who fears losing has already lost. Fear cuts deeper than swords. Fear cuts deeper than swords. Fear cuts deeper than swords.

Cities were like women, he insisted; each one had its own unique scent. Oldtown was as flowery as a perfumed dowager. Lannisport was a milkmaid, fresh and earthy, with woodsmoke in her hair.King’s Landing reeked like some unwashed whore. But White Harbor’s scent was sharp and salty, and a little fishy too. “She smells the way a mermaid ought to smell,” Roro said. “She smells of the sea.”


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When will all Game of Thrones fans turn Unsullied? An inventory of the remaining source material

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"A hall to die in, and men to bury me. I thank you, my lords…but I spit on your pity…I am a k n i g h t…I shall die a knight.” Ser Barristan the Bold

"The common people pray for rain, healthy children and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace."

— George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones




The logic people keep coming back to re: ASOIAF being a Middle Ages or medieval equivalent and that’s why certain things can’t happen.

You know what didn’t exist in the  medieval era?


Ice zombies.

Fire zombies.


Dire wolves (long extinct by then)

Mammoths (ditto)


and a lot more.

If you can believe that these things are present in the world of ASOIAF, you should be able to accept the presence of LGBT people. I’ll never understand why it’s easier to believe in supernatural creatures or anachronistic animals merging with history than it is to believe in this.


Also, LGBT people and relationships most definitely existed in the Middle Ages, so I don’t know who those people think they’re kidding…

Even if same—sex unions didn’t exist in Europe (and there’s plenty of evidence that they did,, same-sex unions existed in Africa, Asia, and the Americas etc. in the same time period.


Anonymous asked: "I honestly have a big problem with GRRM's explanation for not having male/male sex scenes. He claims he doesn't write any because none of the male POV characters are gay, but in contrast, none of the female POV characters are (officially) gay, either, yet he has no problem writing in gratuitous female/female sex scenes. It's simply that he's a straight male, who thinks he is writing for a mostly straight male audience, so he writes only what he thinks will appeal to that."

And the female scenes he wrote were not positive. The Dany/Irri ones were not based in the characters’ desire for one another. Irri was performing a duty as a servant, and Dany was using her in place of the man she really wanted, to help her get off. The AFFC scene I won’t spoil, but one of those characters isn’t on the show yet and  I don’t think she will be. And that scene was another one about power dynamics, and the POV character thinking about her previous husband most of the time. Not in a happy way. It was a character piece, and not sensual, not about those two women being together.

His explanation is weak, for sure, because he has plenty of pointless heterosexual sex scenes where it’s basically window dressing. And it doesn’t bother me to have that sexual world. I just wish it was more equal. And it’s a fantasy world, so he can make up his own rules about what is and isn’t acceptable in that society.

'Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin has revealed why there are no gay sex scenes in his bestselling novel series.

Responding to a question at a book festival, the author explained that his fantasy novels are narrated through “viewpoint” characters. As none of those characters are gay, there have been no explicit gay sex scenes in the Winterfell novels to date. 

But in HBO’s television adaptation, the approach could be different, he suggested. “A television show doesn’t have those limitations,” he told the audience at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival.

He also said readers should not rule out man-on-man action in the series’ remaining novels. “Will that change? It might,” he said. “I’ve had letters from fans who want me to present particularly an explicit male sex scene – most of the letters come from women.”

"I don’t pretend to understand this," he added, in comments reported by The Guardian.

But he promised: “I’m not going to do it just for the sake of doing it. If the plot lends itself to that, if one of my viewpoint characters is in a situation, then I’m not going to shy away from it, but you can’t just insert things because everyone wants to see them.”

After all, he concluded, storytelling “is not a democracy”, he said. “If it was a democracy, then [leading villain] Joffrey would have died much earlier than he did.”

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