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"He likes her. She’s made him a wealthy man and you know, I wouldn’t be kicking her out of bed just yet."
— Michael McElhatton, on Roose Bolton’s feelings about his new wife Walda (x)



Apparently there is a new Game of Thrones video on Verizon On Demand entitled “Bastards” that’s about well, bastards. Anyway, it has a lot of Ramsay and Roose, and there’s new Oberyn and Ellaria footage, and apparently we see Fat Walda. So could someone with Verizon on Demand access please try to upload it!!



Game of Thrones meme: Seven quotes (3/7)

"That is the only time a man can be brave", his father told him.



Game of Thrones/ASOIAF quizzes 

Game of Thrones Episodes Title Meanings

Can you name the Game of Thrones characters by TV Tropes?

Can you pick the character who said this Game of Thrones quote?

Can you name the characters with the most lines in Season 1 of Game of Thrones?

Can you name the characters with the most lines in Season 2 of Game of Thrones?

Can you name the characters with the most lines in Season 3 of Game of Thrones?

Can you name the A Song of Ice and Fire characters by the Road They have Travelled, Part I? (SPOILERS through A Dance with Dragons)

Can you name the A Song of Ice and Fire characters by the Road They have Travelled, Part II? (SPOILERS through A Dance with Dragons)

Can you name the 300 characters who are most mentioned by name in the ASOIAF series?



Anonymous asked: "hi! a couple of questions :-) 1. would you like talisa's character had she turned out to be a lannister's spy? (btw. i love your analysis of talisa!) 2. out of cersei, marg and catelyn which one is your favourite to read about and to watch. also, what are you most excited to see from those 3 in the future? thanks :-)"

I would have thought it was preposterous if the Honeypot theory had turned out to be true, even though it would have explained some ridiculousness in the writing. It wouldn’t have made me like her more, no. Talisa is not a hateful character, herself. It’s more that they fucked up royally in the adaptation and Jeyne would have been a better character to see. Sometimes in trying to communicate, I think maybe it sounds like I’m hating her instead of getting mad at D&D, which is what happened. And that’s my mistake.

In the books, I liked reading about Catelyn the best. I never stanned for Margaery, we didn’t get to see enough of her layers even though I figured they were there. I love that the show has fleshed her out so much. I’ve grown to appreciate Cersei’s chapters a lot more over the years. At first, I was just like ‘OH no, what is this mess,’ but I’m older now, and I have a child, I’ve been married, and I can appreciate her perspective slightly more. I enjoyed her POV chapters much more upon rereading.

On the show, watching Cersei has been the most fun. Lena’s Cersei is rather different but I’ve grown used to that and fallen in love with her version. Catelyn’s adaptation has been up and down. Michelle Fairley is fantastic but the shit they make her Catelyn say sometimes makes me scream. I enjoy Margaery as well.



"Things Were Just Like That Back Then": Thoughts on Westeros, Sociology, and Historical Accuracy in A Song of Ice and Fire 

medievalpoc:

Seeing this post reminds me that someone I’ve known for years, and who has a rather expensive college degree, said these exact words to me in regard to ASOIAF/Game of Thrones this past Tuesday at a gaming tournament:

"Things were just like that back then.”

There were not enough faces for me to palm. I just ended up yelling, “When was that again?? In the good old days of Westeros??”

This was in regard to a casual conversation about differences between the show and the books they’re based on. I should add that this particular friend has read the books but has not seen the show.

But what was really demonstrated to me was how this idea and statement:

1. never fails to appear when two marginalized people discuss fantasy media and utter a word that ends in “-ism” in the presence of someone who is not marginalized

2. is a bad case of double-wrong. It’s a false statement based on a false assumption/premise. By which I mean, it’s wrong as a statement in and of itself (Westeros never existed, it’s a fantasy setting), and it’s also wrong if I accept your false assumption (that any society or culture anywhere was like Westeros).

3. it attempts to derail any discussion or accountability regarding the fact that ASOIAF is a work of art created on purpose by a human being for an audience that is alive today, with modern attitudes about race, gender, violence, politics, et cet.

In all honesty (and I really hope I’m not the first person ever to mention this?) the atmosphere of brutality, abuse of power, personal violation, and lack of alternate mitigating power structures (like the Church), is entirely invented and would never actual work or function correctly as a society.

Even the “good days” of Westeros are actually too disruptive to people’s lives. I’m saying they would leave. Sadly, ASOIAF seems under the same weird impression that people living in Westeros had an invisible leash that kept them within five miles of where they were born, unless you were at least a Knight of some kind, that many people assume about Medieval…everywhere. I mean, even considering the alternate seasons stuff (like Summer lasting for like 20 years or whatever) where does their FOOD even come from???

Like, yes in human history, people will put up with a LOT of tyranny but it has to come with stability. Seriously, that’s how Empires even happened at all on any continent in the Middle Ages.You can’t just have a war and kill all the farmers. Everyone will die. Any survivors will leave, society will collapse, and you’ll be the happy king of nothing, and then you’ll die of starvation. The right to control what people produced had to come with some kind of upside for the people doing the production.

The only time in human history that this level of global brutality has ever been perpetrated is European colonialism and imperialism during the 18th Century-current. That whole deal even being remotely possible was due to several very specific factors…the first being the depopulation of North America by 90% from diseases before any conflict had a chance to happen. The second being the idea of chattel slavery: Europe gaining wealth through trade with African nations, then returning with money to buy people in small, already-subdued and easily controllable groups, ship them to the depopulated continent, and basically…breed them…until you have literally millions of enslaved human beings who are considered highly visible and their visibility is encoded into law; they can never escape their own appearance, therefore can never really escape their enslavement.

I could really go on, but I think I already threw up in my mouth a little and I promise this is coming full circle.

Basically what I am saying here is that ASOIAF/Game of Thrones, is absolutely a post-colonial projection of colonial brutality into a quasi-Medieval setting.  Westeros exists because we are a post-colonial society and that is a product of specifically white and Eurocentric speculative fiction: because what if colonial-level horrors had been visited upon Medieval white people by Medieval white people?

And it is very sincerely a fantasy; the resources and circumstances for that kind of EVERYthing to exist cannot be replicated in a Medieval social structure with that degree of instability, war, and cultural nihilism combined with a lack of social supportive structures. Nor that level of gender inequality and femicide/violence against women, in case you were wondering. Apparently the real secret of power in Westeros is a magic lamp rubbing ritual that happens offscreen from which food, clothing, and armies that do not need food or clothing complete with mind control powers to get them to do what you want, appear from thin air.

But in conclusion the idea of “Westeros” as anything remotely resembling history is only possible because we live in a post-colonial society, and this skews and warps our idea of what the actual European Middle Ages were like. In regard to gender, ability status, economy, race, religion, production, level of acceptable violence…just about everything.

Now…I’m not saying that you couldn’t cobble together a pastiche of every atrocity that happened in Europe(ish) between the fall of the Roman Empire and the 18th century and come up with something remotely like Westeros, but only after cherry picking and removing both original context and subsequent backlash.

Oh, and as an addendum: people have asked me before about why I think the show, Game of Thrones, is better than ASOIAF, the books. Basically this: on the show, you can ascribe motivations, thoughts, and feelings to the characters, therefore making them more or less sympathetic or relatable. In the books, the character’s motivations, thoughts, feelings, and responses are laid bare in internal monologues, and this creates absolutely zero chance of feeling sympathetic toward them, in my humble opinion. You know how Jamie Lannister really feels about Brienne of Tarth, you know Cersei Lannister’s reasons for doing what she does, you know just how frigging inconsistently obtuse Ned Stark is about everything, ever.

The show writers have also gone slightly out of their way in omitting things from the books that make certain characters considerably less sympathetic, most notably Tyrion Lannister.

I could really go on and on, which speaks to both the degree of my nerdery in regard to anything remotely Sword-N-Sorcery and (honestly) the art of creating an extremely popular work of fiction for which the author, George R.R. Martin, can survive both the accolades AND the genuinely deserved criticism. Good on him I suppose for creating something people can really dig their teeth into, whether or not they can eat that entire bloody, raw horse’s heart or not.

P.S. literally the only reason there are almost no people of color in ASOIAF is because George R.R. Martin decided there wouldn’t be, and the reason they’re portrayed the way they are is because he decided they WOULD be. With great acclaim comes great accountability.



the Bran & Sansa feels that you didn’t need: 

tanaquil:

queen—of—thorns:

It was there they buried Lady, while her brothers stalked between the graves like restless shadows. She had gone south, and only her bones had returned.

—Bran, AGOT

Perhaps she had used up all her tears for Lady and Bran.

—Sansa, AGOT

Sansa drifted to sleep as the moon rose, Arya several hours later, curling up in the grass under Ned’s cloak. All through the dark hours he kept his vigil alone. When dawn broke over the city, the dark red blooms of dragon’s breath surrounded the girls where they lay. "I dreamed of Bran," Sansa had whispered to him. "I saw him smiling."

—Ned, AGOT

"I’d sooner be a wolf. Then I could live in the wood and sleep when I wanted, and I could find Arya and Sansa. I could smell where they were and go save them…”

—Bran, ACOK

Tommen was all of eight. He reminded her of her own little brother, Bran. They were of an age. Bran was back at Winterfell, a cripple, yet safe. Sansa would have given anything to be with him.

—Sansa, ACOK

It was all so long ago. “Bran was a sweet boy. Everyone loved him.”

…”You loved your brothers, much as I love Jaime.”

"My brothers were traitors, and they’ve gone to traitors’ graves."

—Sansa, ASOS

She remembered a summer’s snow in Winterfell when Arya and Bran had ambushed her as she emerged from the keep one morning. They’d each had a dozen snowballs to hand, and she’d had none. Bran had been perched on the roof of the covered bridge, out of reach, but Sansa had chased Arya through the stables and around the kitchen until both of them were breathless.

—Sansa, ASOS

Back in Winterfell Sansa had told him that the demons of the dark couldn’t touch him if he hid beneath his blanket. He almost did that now, before he remembered that he was a prince, and almost a man grown.

—Bran, ASOS

If I give him sons, he may come to love me.She would name them Eddard and Brandon and Rickon…. In Sansa’s dreams, her children looked just like the brothers she had lost.

—Sansa, ASOS



ladydaceymormont:

Get to know me meme: [4/5] Favorite female characters

Asha Greyjoy (Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire)

"I don’t want to have a dozen sons, I want to have adventures"



Game of Thrones Wax Seal Coasters $19.99


Silicone
Comes in a Game of Thrones tin canister
Not dishwasher safe
Dimensions: : 3 1/4” divot for glass, “wax” seal varies from 4-5” in diameter, 5 1/2” diameter on tin
Includes: Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, Baratheon, Greyjoy, and Tyrell

Game of Thrones Wax Seal Coasters $19.99

  • Silicone
  • Comes in a Game of Thrones tin canister
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Dimensions: : 3 1/4” divot for glass, “wax” seal varies from 4-5” in diameter, 5 1/2” diameter on tin
  • Includes: Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, Baratheon, Greyjoy, and Tyrell


Game of Thrones Letter Opener- Ice or Long Claw $23.99

The letter openers have “a die-cast metal handle and a stainless steel blade. It measures nine inches in length and turns the menial task of opening letters into an epic battle.”



The Boiled Leather Audio Hour Episode 24! 

boiledleather:

Royals: Discussing “The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens” (feat. Steven Attewell)

It’s here! Dangerous Women, the latest in George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois’ long series of themed genre-fiction anthologies, landed in stores last week, and with it came an all-new, all-different tale of Westeros. Martin’s new novella “The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens” chronicles the Dance of the Dragons, the internecine civil war between rival Targaryen claimants to the Iron Throne that took place some 200 years prior to A Game of Thrones. The Princess is Rhaenyra, the (Dowager) Queen is Alicent, the narrator (a maester writing a history book) is unreliable, and the dragons are everywhere

Join your usual hosts Sean & Stefan and special guest Westerosi history expert Steve Attewell of the masterful blog Race for the Iron Throne as we dissect the events, effects, and aesthetics of the story. How was warfare different during the dragons’ day? How does Martin convey his message without recourse to the emotions and insights of point-of-view characters? What do the story’s surprises tell us about events in the main series? Would Sean, Steve, and Stefan join the maesters’ centuries-long conspiracy to rid the world of flying nuclear dinosaurs if asked? There’s only one way to find out, people!

(And go ahead, roll your eyes at me naming this episode after a Lorde song if you want, but just remember: I could have gone with “Ladies’ Night.”)

Mirror here.

Previous episodes here.

Podcast RSS feed here.

iTunes page here.

Sean’s blog here.

Stefan’s blog here.

Steve’s blog here.



I finished “The Princess and the Queen” last night.

fuck yeahhhhh dragons and history and shit



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