But it did no good to brood on lost battles and roads not taken. (Kevan Lannister, ADWD)
If Westeros had a picture book to teach preschoolers the house sigils and words, Eric Carle would write and illustrate it. Inspired by Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Houses STILL Sworn to House Stark ➻
fakebook of the houses
the thing is they want to make a sexy trashy epic full of sexy people doing bad bad things in hot bad romance — out of a messy, convoluted book series about a lot of losers with unremarkable qualities and very particular family dynamics.
you don’t get the sense with tv ned that ned stark is a second son, even though that’s like the purest distillation of ned’s character concept—ned IS a homebody with an office job, and also a dude who is eternally surprised he finds himself in remarkable situations, not because he’s a stoic manly ideal who isn’t what gotham deserves or whatever but because he hasn’t naturally got it in his temperament or even his life plans - he’s a second son. he’s a #2. he always thought he’d be somebody’s Sensible Friend - whether to brandon or to robert. circumstances however leave him holding the bag when others are dead (brandon) or morally bankrupt (robert) - his story is really freaking sad because he’s just trying to do right by people, not because he has some kind of… i don’t fucking know, 2000s-era russell crowe man hero downfall
and yes book ned’s reaction to jaime is more on the level of… decent/mild-mannered person discomfort and aversion to a snide, cruel bully mixed with baggage over the iron throne incident when they were kids in the war of the usurper, sort of a natural result of the collision of a person like ned and a person like jaime - but game of thrones tv plays it as a really forgettable dick-swinging drama! moment every time, so many character interactions on got are boiled into interactions we’ve seen in pretty much every costume drama — in this case Manry Subdued Hero Man Vs. Flashy Antihero Man.
basically tv ned is indistinguishable from [generic 2000s-era russell crowe/gerard butler costume sword hero] and it really kills the emotional punch in his character death :\
(and of course they’re total rubbish at jaime too, given that if i’d summarize ned as ned stark is a second son i’d encapsulate jaime in jaime lannister is a coward - but i loaaaathe the bowdlerization of tv jaime in general too - which i think is tied up in rolling HIM up into a different man-antihero archetype)
(suffice to say this ned and jaime bungling intersects the worst in the scene after tyrion’s abduction where jaime accosts ned and his men. books: kind of horrifying scene where cruel person takes out his futile anger on mild person just trying to damage control a terrible situation and kills jory right in front of him just to humiliate him - just cringeily humiliating and horrible. tv: MANRY HONOR CONFRONTATION, + dickswinging ned and tortured byronic jaime)
(but since jaime is my favorite character my tv jaime rants could go on for PAGES)
CAN I JUST MAKE LOVE TO THIS WHOLE THING
Ugh I fucking hate that Manry Honor Confrontation. I remember during S1 everyone was fucking gaga about it (I don’t mean exclusively on Tumblr, I mean like everywhere) and I felt like I was the last real woman in Stepford I was just so very nooooooooooooooooooooooo. That scene was really important the way it was in the book? It was about vicious cruelty and the incredibly cost of aristocratic pride and they changed into what a Star Wars duel? I still can’t have any respect for it IDK IF THAT IS SNOBBY I HATE THAT FUCKING SHIT OF A SCENE.
I think like … if something can’t be either simply sweet or super sexy they don’t have time for it, it isn’t television-worthy. Like, that answer GRRM gave about how it was important for the grief in his books to be unattractive, that would never come out of B&W’s mouths.
YES NED IS A SECOND SON that is where you need to start to get his character. He is a beta in an alpha role that is like the bedrock of it then you go from there okay BLAHGJJHWELKGJ like everything centers around that its his sentimental melancholy contrasted with his present solidity and that contrast provides a WHY because it’s all about survival methods. Just bleh. I can’t understand if GRRM really means it when he praises GoT’s Ned or if he’s just saying it because he’s jazzed that they got a Big Movie Star From That One Movie GRRM Likes to play his character or what. I know it’s so presumptuous of me to be like EVERYONE ELSE IS WRONG I just … don’t get it wah.
I mean as for Jaime, ngl I do think that Martin himself gave Jaime his share of the anti-hero patina, but the show, I mean I think they wanted early on for the audience to be open to liking him, instead of doing the surface-level heel-turn that Martin did in the books. I mean, yes it’s true that Martin’s way of doing things depended on only seeing Jaime through others’ POV instead of his own and I get maybe that’s harder to do in a TV medium (I guess? because they need to give NCW shit to do to keep him on contract? but it’s okay to give jackshit to Michelle in S3 because logic? lol okay whatever) but eh. I lost my train of thought. WELL ANYWAY I think they made a lot of the main characters less violent and nasty and then upped the on screen violence and nastiness in other ways (Theon scenes, Ros scenes).
I’m still kinda waiting on Jaime since S4 will be ASOS pt 2 and ASOS is for all intents his real debut. Well, I mean, I’d be waiting on Jaime if I still cared about GoT.
baby sansa learning to braid hair and braiding EVERYONES hair. braiding her own hair. braiding her mom’s hair. braiding jeyne p’s hair. braiding arya’s hair (arya doesnt know how to braid and she sucks at sitting still but she likes having her hair in a french braid cuz then it doesnt get in her eyes and she cna climb trees without getting it caught in the branches) braiding neds hair very seriously
someone on the westeros forum was talking shit about the starks and said “shaggydog sounds like something a 3 year old would name their wolf”
289. Because Jon wanted glass to build greenhouses and feed the Brothers
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