“The cloak,” she commanded, and the women brought it out: a long cloak of white velvet heavy with pearls. A fierce direwolf was embroidered upon it in silver thread. Sansa looked at it with sudden dread. “Your father’s colors,” said Cersei, as they fastened it about her neck with a slender silver chain.
A maiden’s cloak. Sansa’s hand went to her throat. She would have torn the thing away if she had dared.
On the heels of last night’s marriage between Tyrion and Sansa on Game of Thrones and on the eve of Edmure’s festive wedding at the Twins, today’s topic is marriage customs in Westeros and medieval Europe. The marriages in Westeros are shaped by their religions—the Faith, the Old Gods, and the Drowned God. In medieval Europe, however, only one religion, Christianity, shaped marriage customs, and as we might see, those customs were not as religious as we might expect.
Last night we were served “Second Sons” on a better written platter.
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In other news: DAARIO NAHARIS IS BLANDER THAN ALL YOUR BEIGE FAVES COMBINED. HIS LINE DELIVERY IS LESS BELIEVABLE THAN MITT ROMNEY AT ANY GIVEN TIME OF THE DAY. I HEARD HE GETS HIS WEAVE FROM NICKI MINAJ’S REJECTED REJECT PILE OFF THE SALON FLOOR. I ALSO HEARD HIS DICK IS MADE OF GOLD AND IF WE DON’T GET TO SEE IT THAT IS SOME BULLSHIT. YAY, NAKED LADY DAGGERS!
Also: Melly Sanders needs to share the logistics behind putting Gendry ~inside of her. Isn’t said dick still incased in leather pants? That is some Red God miracle business, right there.
The Marriage-gate 2013 discussion continues in the latest episode of FPC, plus we attempt to figure out where exactly Melisandre’s tattooed, which Hogwarts House Gendry will be sorted into, why Robb gets to lounge around in a robe, and how Dany managed to find luxuries in the barren desert. We also talk about just how much we’re all starting to dread the Theon torture scenes (not only because they’re gratuitous, but mostly because they’re about as exciting as watered-down oatmeal).
Note: TW for subject matter discussed in this episode (rape, sexual assault).
Non-spoiler time stamp: 00:00:00—01:18:22
Spoiler time stamp: 01:18:24—01:42:04
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Probably after Cat, Robb, and Cersei, I feel like Joffery is the character who’s been manipulated the most by D & D (although less people are inclined to care because he’s Joffrey) But GRRM’s episode really illustrated my frustrations with how this character has been written. I’m not a Joffrey fan and I will probably never be one, but I feel bad that his character has been so twisted by the show.
Taiwanese book covers for A Song of Ice and Fire prior to the release of the HBO show. (The book covers have since been toned down and are classier than the US cover.)
I think my biggest overall issue with Game of Thrones season three is the abundance of stagnant scenes.
At this stage, seven episodes in, I don’t think I say “overall” prematurely. They’re building towards events in each plotline that will rocket things forward, certainly, but the momentum will be brief, and it’s like they’ve been building without a plan. They put some foundations here, wander away, put some more there, forget about the first lot. It’s been a complete mess.
Screenwriting 101: there should be some kind of reveal in every scene. It can be big or small, but there needs to be one. I’m sick to death of all these scenes where we learn nothing we didn’t already know, at the cost of so much character development.
It doesn’t bode well for season four, that’s for damn sure, because after the chaos of Storm of Swords many of the plotlines become very insular with a focus on psychological development. The characters don’t move about much, physically (on a whole, there are some exceptions). D&D haven’t shown us much in the way of proving they’re adept to handle that shift in tone.
I mean, they haven’t shown us much more than naked ladies and torture porn this season, anyway.