hey remember how asha greyjoy was born and bred in a society that values physical strength and ability more than almost anything else and is very masculine and chose a profession/hobbies/etc that are almost always associated with men and was raised almost completely by her father for the majority of her life and only has brothers and uncles and is constantly surrounded by and associates with men.
and yet she is skeptical of her father and says flat out that her MOTHER, a frail, mentally ill woman who was never shown to be a warrior and was simply a mother who loved her children was the person who taught her to be bold.
fucking asha greyjoy.
(title taken from the poem of the same name by Suheir Hammad)
I’m crawling out of my little fandom hole because three episodes in, I’m becoming increasingly irritated at how Oberyn Martell and the Dornish on a whole are being portrayed in Game of Thrones.
Apparently, when not attending weddings, Oberyn and Ellaria can be found exclusively in a brothel inciting an orgy of some sort. Even when they do attend outside events, they are drawn to the scantily clad contortionist or to propositioning fellow guests by suggestively eating food. Yes, Dorne is more sexually permissive than other areas of Westeros. Paramours are common, noble-born women have sex before and outside of marriage, and bastards are not scorned and hidden away. For the writers of Game of Thrones, this means one thing: more sex scenes.
Instead of highlighting how racist the Westerosi attitudes towards Dorne are, the show buys into them, reducing the Dornish so far to a few men in turbans and over sexed characters with quick tempers. So far, Oberyn Martell has spent his time having sex, issuing threats and hotheadedly killing stray Lannister soldiers. Gone is any subtlety he had in the book, where he patiently bided his time with his brother to seek justice for his sister, Elia. Instead show!Oberyn is the orientalist archetype of a highly sexed, overly passionate non-white male, unable to keep either his libido or temper in check.
Coming on top of Essos and how the characters there are PoC who are either cruel, barbaric, avaricious slave owners or slaves who need to be saved by the white saviour character (and this is without mentioning the cringe worthy end of season 3 where Daenerys crowd surfs a purely brown crowd), this portrayal of Oberyn Martell and Dorne is particularly galling.
For David Benioff and Dan Weiss it seems Oberyn Martell and Dorne is very much their erotic and their exotic.
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Queen Margaery - breaker of awkward moments.
New Yorker tv critic Emily Nussbaum coined the term “bad fan” to refer to viewers who watch shows about morally compromised people primarily to revel in those moral compromises, and who subsequently attack those characters and critics who…
hanged corpses and the riverlands burning.
likeadarkparadise asked: but maisie is saying that arya is turning "evil" and "villanious". thats NOT true at all. arya kills in order to survive, and she has a very strong code of justice. ultimately it is justice that arya wants NOT vengeance. and even when people in her list are killed she feels no sense of relief. when she finds out about joffrey's death, she isn't relieved or happy. she still feels extremely empty because robb is ALSO dead. ugh i'm not looking forward to people calling arya a sociopath
I guess what I’d say to this, and it sounds harsher than it’s meant to be, is that you’re doing an awful lot of work building up a moral code by which it’s okay for a child to murder people. If George R.R. Martin intends us to look at Arya’s actions and go “wow, she’s got a very strong code of justice, there’s nothing sociopathic about her behavior at all,” I’ll barbecue A Dance with Dragons and eat it. Basically, Maisie Williams is quite correct to argue that killing people is evil.
#honestly I feel like this fits in with all those posts we’ve had about bran recently
#and with what I imagine sansa’s ‘controversial’ arc in twow to be
#that each of the pov stark kids faces the risk of losing themself for what is easy/pleasant
#bran feeling that he can walk again
#arya considering killing every person who wrongs her in the slightest
#and sansa potentially manipulating people and/or potentially killing robert #etc
#that none of this is reflective of martin’s opinions about their worth as an individual
#obvi he loves the starks
#but that all of these actions are and should be troubling
#and that the moral journey of each kid is to be tempted by evil
#to indulge it
#and to ultimately reject
#otherwise it’s not a story of the human heart in conflict with itself
"Thousands of enemies. Thousands of wildlings.”
Thousands of people, Jon thought. Men, women, children. Anger rose inside him, but when he spoke his voice was quiet and cold. “Are you so blind, or is it that you do not wish to see? What do you think will happen when all these enemies are dead?”
Above the door the raven muttered, “Dead, dead, dead.”
“Let me tell you what will happen,” Jon said. “The dead will rise again, in their hundreds and their thousands. They will rise as wights, with black hands and pale blue eyes, and they will come for us.”
↳ A Dance with Dragons / A Song of Ice and Fire