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“You want me to absolve you of blame. To tell my father that this stump is no work of yours.” Jaime laughed. “My lord, send me to Cersei, and I’ll sing as sweet a song as you could want, of how gently you treated me.”
Jaime was anxious to be gone, to put Harrenhal, the Bloody Mummers, and Brienne of Tarth all behind him. A real woman waited for him in the Red Keep.
the targaryen dynasty - the queens of old
“they live within you, daenerys stormborn. the warriors, the history-makers, the beloved, the sad and unfulfilled, the ones designed for greatness, the scarred ones who did their duty. you have queens blood in you.”
when people say jon snow is boring i wonder if we’re reading the same books because jon snow:
- is a progressive feminist
- is one of very few democratically elected leaders in westeros
- slowly and systematically tried to change the rules and traditions of the organization he was elected leader of
- he tried to get the night’s watch to join forces with the wildlings
- he tried to get the night’s watch to join forces with women
- literally jon snow is turning shit on its head at the wall
- and no one in the rest of westeros is even noticing
Just need to say something (though I’m hardly a Stannis expert):
When people say Stannis puts the needs of the realm before himself, they’re talking about the time he was the only person who responded to the Night’s Watch’s pleas for help to fight the White Walkers. (Maybe not everyone has read that far in the books, but uh if you haven’t it might be wise to put your judgments of characters aside until you have. Or at least put them out of the tags.)
Robb Stark ignored those pleas. Balon Greyjoy ignored them. Joffrey ignored them. Renly ignored them (or probably would have, if it got to him before he died. I don’t think he was alive when they sent those letters so idk). Dany might have ignored them too? We don’t really know, she wasn’t in Westeros at the time.
The point here is that Stannis is the only one to recognize that the realm is in serious danger from the Others, and that the War of the Five Kings won’t mean shit if everyone is a blue-eyed zombie.
Did he make selfish choices before that? Sure. Did he make mistakes? Sure.
But none of those things negate the fact that he’s the only one who is able to put their stupid war aside and deal with a real problem.
Not to mention the fact that he’s really the only one of the people fighting over the throne who wants it not because he wants it, but because he believes in the law and the law says it’s his, so he has to fight for it whether he wants to or not.
Balon, Joffrey, Renly, probably even Dany to some degree although I think she thinks she has to fight over the throne because it’s her birthright - they all want power for power. Even Robb Stark is fighting a war over vengeance, not for the good of the realm.
So it’s actually not “bullshit” to say he’s the only one who cares about Westeros, because when the biggest actual threat to Westeros in thousands of years is brought to his attention, he’s the only one who actually bothers to do a goddamn thing about it.
asoiaf challenge: scenes you wish had been included in the show
His sister’s nails dug painfully into his arms. For a moment she stared incredulous, as if he had begun to gibber in an unknown tongue. “Stannis and Renly are fighting each other?” When he nodded, Cersei began to chuckle. “Gods be good,” she gasped, “I’m starting to believe that Robert was the clever one.”
Tyrion threw back his head and roared. They laughed together. Cersei pulled him off the bed and whirled him around and even hugged him, for a moment as giddy as a girl. By the time she let go of him, Tyrion was breathless and dizzy.
Queen Selyse’s face was pinched and pale. She wore a crown of red gold with points in the shape of flames, a twin to that worn by Stannis.
In honour of the new Game of Thrones season and the Tyrell invasion…
If anything, we should appreciate the diversity of female characters in ASOIAF. Warrior women, princesses, commoners, priestesses, queens and sorceresses, and everything in between.
How many stories growing up did you read where there was only one woman or one female archetype? Just a princess, or just a warrior woman or just a priestess. Where they were one dimensional and shallow, just there to advance the male lead’s plot?
But in ASOIAF we get to see all sorts of female characters, from different lands and different cultures and different ways of doing things. Women with agency and drive and who’s narratives are theirs and theirs alone?
That’s why I love ASOIAF, because I see so many different characters that I can love for so many different reasons. There’s a character for everyone. But that doesn’t make one character any better or any more interesting than another simply for fitting into an archetype.