Though everyone’s favorite show with more character’s than they can name returned this week, the season four premiere of Game of Thrones just felt lonely.
In the wake of the Red Wedding there was only one more thing Tywin (Charles Dance) could do to show us that he is beating the Starks in the war everyone is not sure is still happening: he melted down Ned Stark’s sword Ice and made it into two swords for House Lannister.
Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) spent all of last season trying to get back to his family and now that he has they don’t seem to want him around. His father gives him one of the two sword made out of Ice. He tells him to take it back with him to Casterly Rock because what good is a one-handed head of the Kingsguard? Jaime points out that he is already known as a oath breaker throughout Westeros and isn’t going to break another oath and leave the Kingsguard. Tywin would rather disown Jamie than allow Tyrion (Peter Dinkelage) to become the Lord of Casterly Rock.
Jamie’s reunion with Cersei (Lena Heady) doesn’t seem to be going so well either. She tells him he took too long to get back to her and too much has changed. Jamie also has to deal with Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) berating him for not being a good enough head of the Kingsguard. He ends up with the only person who has been nice to him in a while: Brienne (Gwendoline Christie). Brienne has also been dealing with being an outsider in the capital. She goes to Margaery (Natalie Dormer), the only person she knows, and tells her what really happened to Renly. Being the honorable knight that she is, she then gets on Jamie for not agreeing to keep his promise that he would help her return the Stark girls to safety.
Jamie uses the lame excuse that Sansa (Sophie Turner) is a Lannister now and should keep her safe. Brienne calls him crap on that. And with his only real friend doubting him along with everyone else, Jamie storms off.
A lot of the other King’s Landing scenes were dedicated to introducing Oberyn Martel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma). They are there for Joffery and Margery’s wedding. Tywin has forced Tyrion to deal with him but he is probably the best person to. He is able to get the truth out of Oberyn to way he came since the Martells and the Lannister have never gotten along. Oberyn said he come because the Mountain killed his sister Elia, (Rhagear’s wife, Daenerys’ sister-in-law) during the Sack of King’s Landing during Robert’s Rebellion. He makes it rather clear that if he sees the Mountain — and isn’t having sex with his girlfriend and multiple other people — he is going to kill him.
Tyrion also fell victim to the not-being-wanted sub-theme. Sansa is refusing to eat or really speak to anyone since she thinks her entire family is dead. Tyrion tries to help and does a nice job, but Sansa doesn’t want to hear it and runs off to the Godswood. Shae (Sibel Kekilli) is also running off on Tyrion after he says he doesn’t want to sleep with her because he is a little worried by the level of constant danger in King’s Landing. The danger is being made worse with the Martells in town and Joffrey’s wedding coming up.
Across the Narrow Sea, the show is letting us know that is it doing well and has an increased CGI budget with Dany’s (Emilia Clarke) first scene. Her dragons have gotten a lot bigger just like her army has. She has a quick scene with a re-cast Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman). He is both flirting with her like crazy and trying to help her be a better queen. But, Dany gets pulled away from that adviser by her other two. Jorah (Iain Glen) tells her that the body of a Yunkai’i slave, who she freed at the end of last season, is tied to every mile marker from her location to Meeren, the next free city 163 miles away. The Mhysa is not very happy about this.
While Dany seems to get exempt from the loneliness plague, Jon (Kit Harrington) didn’t. He made it back to Castle Black, but the higher-ups are not very happy with him. He has to go in front of them and answer for his actions. Jon admits to killing the Halfhand, deserting the Night’s Watch and laying with Ygritte (Rose Leslie). He said he had to do whatever was needed so the Wildlings would accept him. But, he calls them the Free People and that doesn’t sit very well with Janos Slynt. But, Jon lets him know that leading the City Watch and facing what is beyond the Wall are very different things.
Capping off all the loneliness and not belonging is the Hound (Rory McCann) and Ayra (Maisie Williams). She is confused why he hasn’t just left her somewhere because she has no where to go. He tells her he is going to sell her to her aunt in the Vale, because he has no money and they have no food. They eventually stop at an inn planning on just demanding food, I guess. Ayra spots Polliver, the guy who was torturing people at Harrenhal, at the inn and he has Needle with him. She wants to kill them all and get it back. The Hound really doesn’t want to kill people without eating first and I really love these two together.
Inside the inn, Polliver says the Hound should join his brother’s men, who are basically just raping and pillaging the Riverlands. The Hound is getting more and more pissed at him and after some more threats at him and Ayra, the Hound flips the table and starts killing his men.
Ayra hangs back for bit but smashes a pot on one guys head when he gets too close to injuring the Hound. She then sees a chance to take Needle back. She stands above Polliver and re-enacts how he killed Lemmy with Needle last season. She might not be Dany, but Ayra is getting pretty badass.
Overall, it was a pretty good episode. Expect for the fight at the end, it was a lot of sitting in rooms and talking with a splash of unnecessary nudity. It was interesting but kind of slow. There was a lot of foreshadowing in this episode and a couple important pins, but I’m not going to spoil anything in these posts.
The nominations for the Emmy awards were announced a little bit ago and I had not thought about writing anything about them until I had a conversation with one of my friends about Emilia Clarke’s nomination. Of course, I am happy about any nomination that my favorite shows can get from Best Drama Series to Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries. My opinions on the nominations are more based on my knowledge of the shows performance within itself than how it compares to other shows. So, here are my Game of Thrones and American Horror Story focused Emmy thoughts.
Game of Thrones Season 3
Game of Thrones was nominated for 16 Emmys, only being beat out by American Horror Story, which got 17. In addition to what I will cover below, Game of Thrones was also nominated for Outstanding Art Direction for “Valar Dohaeris”, Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography for “Mhysa”, Costumes for “Walk of Punishment”, Hairstyling for “Second Son”s, Makeup for “Kissed by Fire”, Picture Editing for “The Rains of Castamere”, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for “And Now His Watched Is Ended” and Visual Effects for “Valar Dohaeris,”
Peter Dinkelage, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
If Game of Thrones had a lead or at least an actor it couldn’t exist without it would Peter Dinkelage. Co-creators David and Dan have said multiple times that Peter Dinkelage was the only actor they ever considered for the role and Tyrion Lannister was the first part cast. He has always been amazing. Good job on another nomination, sir.
Emilia Clarke, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Daenerys Targaryen is in the top three of my favorite Game of Thrones characters. I love that Emilia Clarke is only 25 and that this is her first role out of Drama School. She was super badass this season, in great contrast to the limping and screaming of last season. But with that said, I’m confused about this nomination and I don’t really agree with it. Of all the supporting actress for the third season, Emilia Clarke would not have been one of my choice. Much of the fandom has been saying it should have been Michelle Fairley. And yes, she was amazing in “The Rains of Castamere”, but she hardly had any lines in the rest of the season. My number one choice is Sophie Turner. She has been consistently amazing since the pilot and especially during the last two seasons as she has suck deeper into her abuse victim prison. She was the best in “Second Sons” this season. Sophie Turner was able to play both the scared victim and the cautiously cunning bride in the same episode. I’ll be rooting for Emilia Clarke to win the Emmy, but next year I think Sophie Turner should get the credit that is usual given to the more badass women of the show.
Diane Rigg, Outstanding Guest Actress on a Drama Series
Olenna Tyrell is awesome and so is Diana Rigg. The Queen of Thorns was almost too snarky to handle and really sold the sexual liberated High Garden vibe the show is going with. She had a stand off with Tywin Lannister and she and Charles Dance showed that nobody can out do the older actors on this shows. I died laughing when she perfectly teased her grandchildren about how messed up their family tree is going to be after all the weddings. I hope you win, Diana Rigg.
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, The Rains of Castamere
Duh. This was by far the most memorable episode of television this year. Millions of people freaked the hell out, while millions of other people already knew what was going to happen. The Red Wedding was perfect. It was terrible, it was emotionally straining and Michelle Fairley has never been better. But, the Red Wedding was not all that happened in this episode. Everything that was done with every other character was also great. And when writer can make a simple goodbye scene between two brothers as emotional as a massacre at a wedding, they deserve an Emmy.
Best Drama Series
Because of the above mention of “The Rains of Castamere”, outstanding performances by everyone from Peter Dinkelage to Kristian Narin and the expansion of the world, season three has been the best so far. But, I do say that at the end of every season. Really, GoT might be able to win this award just because of “The Rains of Castamere”. But, in addition to that there was Dany destroying a slave trader after listening to him insult her for two episodes, Sam killing a White to save his family, Jon and Ygritte’s relationship developing and falling apart and Tyrion and Sansa’s marriage. The Internet does not even have enough space for me to mention everything I loved about this season.
American Horror Story: Asylum
In addition to what I will mention below, American Horror Story: Ayslum was also nominated for Art Direction, Casting, Cinematography for “I Am Anne Frank Part 2”, Outstanding Main Title Design, Costumes for “Madness Endess”, Hairstyling, Makeup, Prosthetic Makeup, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for “Welcome to Braircliff.”
Jessica Lange, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Mini Series
Constance Langdon won this award last year. For me that means there is no reason why Sister Jude shouldn’t get this award. Jessica Lange played Sister Jude perfectly. She started as the villain of Braircliff, but even when she was torturing the heroes she was still hilarious. She then slowly crossed over and become another hero and I loved every minute it of. Sister Jude really might be one of my all time favorite fictional characters.
Sarah Paulson, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series
Sarah Paulson seemed to come out of nowhere as Lana Winters in season two. She played a pretty small role in season one and like most of the supporting characters, was pretty one-dimensional. But, she stepped it up in season two, playing the overly ambitious and almost a villain sometimes Lana. I have previously expressed my praise of how well done the convulsion therapy aspects of Asylum were. Sarah Paulson played it heartbreaking-ly perfect. I hope you win and get an equally as cool part in AHS: Coven.
Best Mini Series
Can you tell that I like this show? I like this show. For me there is always an easy way to tell if a show is really good. If I and both of my sister like it, everyone does and it is usually Emmy worthy. Since all three of us become teenagers and young adults, there has only ever been two shows: Orange is the New Black and American Horror Story. Asylum was so much better than Murder House and deserves a win.
I have not finished reading “A Dance with Dragons” yet. But, this post is long enough. So, here are the relationship from the end of season two through books 3 and 4, “A Storm of Swords” and “A Feast for Crows.” Book 3 is going to be split and be season 3 and 4 for the show. So, these are the relationship through season five, I guess. Obviously, this has spoilers through the end of book 4. Enjoy.
I didn’t really like Robb and Jeyne. I like Robb and Talisa. Robb and Jeyne’s relationship also seems shorter. We meet Jeyne in “A Storm of Swords” and Robb dies later in the same book. I have said before that I find it all very childish. They go around being stupidly in love and Jeyne reminds me of early season one Sansa. During Robb’s camp’s time in Riverrun, they become very sexually active children and Jeyne proceeds to tell Catelyn all the time that they are trying to get an heir. Apparently, it worked. I’m not sure if it matters now though. I was first annoyed at Jeyne chasing after Robb crying on his way to the Twins, but now that I now what happens it is kind of sad. May the old gods watch over your soul, King Robb.
I was happy to see this relationship happen, for however short it was. The dick jokes started to subside and Ygritte taught us and Jon that he really knows nothing. They both spend a lot of time trying to protect each other, but the relationship ended when they both had to focusing on protecting themselves. This was a wildling relationship and it ended the wildling way. I like to think that it wasn’t Ygritte’s arrow that hit Jon when he fled from the village in the Gift after everyone suspected he was still a Crow at heart. And Jon told us it wasn’t his arrow that killed Ygritte when the wildlings attacked the Wall. This relationship had one of the saddest endings and I don’t think Jon would be able to handling being Lord Commander if it wasn’t for what Ygritte taught him. May the old gods watch over your soul, Ygritte.
Nothing really even come out of this relationship. Margaery did a pretty good job of avoiding her husband-to-be by surrounding herself with her family and Kingsguard brother. And they were only married for a couple hours before Joffrey’s death. Margaery definitely catch a break there, even through she seems to be a bad luck charm for husbands. May the warrior protect you, Tommen.
There is a lot of killing in GoT. Some of it is justified and some of it has me screaming, “No, I will not believe it.” Tyrion killing Shae is the latter. I am holding onto the hope that this happens differently in the show. Shae is different, so I’m hoping her end will be different too. In contrast to the books, Tyrion seems to be much more in love with Shae than he is with Tysha. So, I am hoping that Tywin makes Shae disappear somehow and the “wherever whores go” line is about her and not Tysha. Because if he kills her in the show, I might have to take that poster of Tyrion off my wall and burn it dracrays style.
As much as they both seemed to hate their arranged marriage, I liked it because it gave Sansa something she had not had in a really long time: safety. Though the Hound is obviously Sansa’s greatest protector at court in season two, Tyrion would be a good second. I was kind of annoyed that Sansa was so adverse to being nice to Tyrion. She didn’t have to sleep with him or anything but at last be nice to him. Tyrion went out of his way to try to protect her, even before they were married. This wasn’t a good marriage and nothing happy was going to come from it but it kept Sansa safe for a little. Are there divorces in Westeros because these two are still married.
The fuck, Littlefinger? All right, we understand that you love Catelyn and that you only married Lysa to get the Vale, but did you really have to push her out the moon door? After telling her you loved her sister more? In front of Sansa? Before this I thought Littlefinger was just a creep, now he is a crazy, scary creep. Run Sansa, Run! This scene made me fear Littlefinger and really worry that Sansa being in his presence might be just as dangerous as Joffrey.
This relationship come out of nowhere and ended very quickly after. Ser Arys Oakheart is the member of the Kingsguard that was sent to Dorne with Princess Mrycella. Arianne is the Prince of Dorne’s eldest daughter. Inheritance goes by age in Dorne, so she is also the heir. Arianne convinces him to break his celibacy vow and they work together to claim the Iron Throne for Mrycella. But, all this gets Arys killed by Arianne’s father’s guards. May the Mother have mercy on your soul, Ser Arys.
I didn’t know if I should put this in past or present relationships. Jaime and Cersei might be done or at least Jaime decided to not respond to Cersei’s plead for help that ended in three “I love you”s. They seem to have been growing apart and can hardly stand being in the same room with each other. I think Jaime has moved over to the good Lannister side with Tyrion while Cersei stayed on the bad side. I’m happy he didn’t answer the note. Cersei deserves to die and it would open up the way for Jaime to be someone who is actually nice to him.
Well, Sam knows were to put it. After a night of rum and Gilly’s idea of “what happens on the ocean stays on the ocean,” Sam breaks his Night Watch vow and sleeps with Gilly. Yay for Sam! I’m glad that this crush became a relationship, because they both seemed to need somebody. Sam has been through a lot since the Fist and his secret plot to make Jon the Lord Commander seemed to decrease their friendship a bit. I hope Gilly is able to go to Horn Hill and stay with Sam’s mother. Even if they can’t be together, Sam would just want her to be safe and happy.
Robin/Robert Arryn is a weird kid. But, he isn’t dangerous so that makes him better than Joffrey and Littlefinger. I have no idea if Littlefinger’s planned wedding between his bastard daughter Alayne Stone aka Sansa and Robin Arryn will ever happen. It probably will not, because I don’t think Robin is going to survive the trip down the Vale. He also thinks Sansa is his mother, but that probably will not matter to him when it comes time to make heirs. Eww. It could be worse, Sansa. And usually you can’t say that about your situation so…yay?
Though their wedding ended in the death of most of King Robb’s camp, Edmure and Roslin survived the carnage and they are still married. Edmure was being held by the Frey/Lannister force outside the walls of Riverrun, until he pretty much sold Riverrun to Jaime in exchange for his life. He and Roslin seemed to hit it off before their wedding, so something might come out of this when the War of the Five Kings ends. If it ever does.
I don’t know if I can actually call this a relationship. Sure, they are married, but Tommen is eight and Margaery is 16 in the books. Cersei hardly lets them see each other. So far Margaery has done nothing more than encourage him to learn to fight and give him kittens. Margaery is a bad luck charm for husbands, but if Tommen and her survive everything this might become a good political marriage.
Yes, Irri is still alive in the book. Yes, Dany and her have a small mostly physical relationship. When Dany gets to the post-Qarth stage of her journey she has had a lot of men consistently trying to get with her; Xaro Xhoan Daxos offering gold for marriage, Daario flirting with her at ever turn and Jorah in his never-ending fight to get out of the friendzone. All that brings Dany and Irri together on a boat on the way to Astrapor. Boats equal sex as weddings equal death. Dany said she thought about Drogo the whole time and told Irri they would not do it again because she doesn’t want her to be a sex slave. But, they do do it again. So, not the most romantic same-sex relationship. But being into this kind of thing, it was one of my favorite relationship. I’m mad at the show for killing of Irri. Hopefully that is why they aged up Missandei.
I’m really glad Jaime isn’t talking to Cersei anymore because it opens up the possibility for this relationship. Even though Brienne may be dead and they could never see each other again, I am still hoping for this relationship. It took a very long time for these two to even talk nicely with each other. But, I think they understand each other and see that they are similar. They both don’t really fit into regular society and fighting is the only thing they are good at. Jaime teases Brienne in season two that she just wishes for that man that is stronger enough to defeat her. We find out later that that was actually true. Jaime then says he is strong enough. That also turned out to be true. It is not that all the crushing is coming from Brienne. Jaime did jump one-handed into a bear pit to save her. Please be alive, Brienne.
There is even less of a chance of these two getting together now. Age difference aside, Ayra is in Braavos studying to be a faceless man and Gendry is the blacksmith at an Inn populated by children somewhere in the Riverlands. Brienne ended up at the Inn and that is the only glimpse we have gotten of Gendry since the Hound ran off with Ayra. They are now on other sides of the world and Ayra might be blind. I will keep a little hope alive for them but all my ‘shipping power is going into Jaime and Brienne now.
Littlefinger is a creep. I always thought he was kind of creepy, but after “A Feast for Crows” I’m set that he is a super creep. Though it was his idea to make Sansa his bastard daughter Alayne Stone, he is still creepily flirting with her while telling her how much she reminds him of her mother. Gross, Littlefinger just keep it in your pants. I really wish the Hound was still alive so he could barge in and save her. Maybe Brienne is alive and she could save her. For the love of the gods, somebody save Sansa from the creepers.
I put this relationship in the possible category because we don’t actually know if it is a relationship or not. Rumors in the Riverlands are that the Lord of Lightening aka the dead Lord Beric Dondarrion found a dead woman alongside the Trident. He kissed her, she was awoken and they fall in love. By the end of book 4, it has been confirmed that Lady Stoneheart is Catelyn; dead, unable to speak, and a lot fiercer than normal. Alive Catelyn didn’t seem to be over Ned. Maybe dead Catelyn is different, maybe this is just a dead political pairing. I don’t know, zombie Catelyn freaks me out.
I have been wanting to write a post about Margaery Tyrell for a while but I couldn’t decide on how to do it. I could do an “I’m way cooler in the show” post or an “I’m like what in the books?” post. But then I realized she isn’t really that different than she is in the books. I had only read through “A Clash of Kings” when season two ended. So the thing that seemed to make her so much different was her age almost doubling and in turn making her Loras’ older sister. As I have read more of the book series, I feel that the show treated Margaery the same way they did Renly and Loras’ relationship: let’s take something that is implied and throw it out in the open.
The show seemed to have cast Margaery in the way paranoid-book-four Cersei sees her, who thinks that everything Margaery does from daily rides to giving 8-year-olds kittens is a secret plot to steal away
her her son’s throne.
The books drop multiple hits that Renly is gay and with Loras. Robert makes fun of him for liking masques and balls more than hunting, Ned makes comments about his fancy clothes and his King’s guard is called the Rainbow Guard and they have rainbow colored cloaks. I’m really glad that was not including in the show, because every time I read it I thought, “Oh sweetie, you not fooling anyone.” I mention all this because throwing Renly and Loras out in the open isn’t that much of a stretch. Margaery is different.
Cersei may think that she is evil, but Tyrion and Jaime think she is just a harmless girl and Sansa goes as far as to warn her about Joffrey because she feels sorry for her. If Sansa feels sorry for you, you are just a harmless girl.
Much like Shae’s awesomeness, Margery’s change has a lot to do with casting. Making Natalie Dormer Margaery did double her age, but it also made her fit perfectly into the cunning, plotting, maybe a little evil way Cersei sees her. Natalie Dormer has the ability to make a character seem that way. It was why she played the perfect Anne Boleyn in “The Tudors” and Natalie Portman bombed it in “The Other Boleyn Girl.”
Of course, GoT did not let Margaery cunning attitude end with the casting. With the ability of the show to go beyond George R.R. Martin’s POV characters we are able to get the scenes of Margaery offering to have a threesome with her husband and brother to get an heir, and the famous “I want to be the Queen” line.
It all makes Margery more interesting. She is a major player in the Tyrell scheming, instead of just a piece used by her grandmother and father. Sansa doesn’t need to worry for this version of Margaery. I’m thinking the older and more cunning Margaery might decrease her families involvement in the series, which has already happened a bit. When she goes to propose her marriage to Joffrey it is just her, Loras and Littlefinger. In the book, her father, Mace, and the second eldest Tyrell borther, Garlan, are there too.
The show Margaery and Loras don’t seem to need parents, grandparents or older brothers, they can handled it all themselves. The show Tyrells also seem more powerful than in the book. And I’m not sure if that is good or bad.
I also find it kind of funny that what happens to Margaery in “A Feast for Crows” is similar to what happened to Anne Boleyn. Except Cersei would be King Henry VIII instead of Joffrey or Tommen.
Because I’m about 800 pages into “A Storm of Swords” and14 new season three cast members were recently announced, I would like to talk about them. Most of them I’m pretty indifferent about, which is probably because I am American and don’t know most of these actors. Some of them are minor characters; Tara Fitzgerald is Selsye Baratheon and Kristofer Hivju is Tormund Greatsbane. Others I can hardly remember; Mackenzie Crook is Orell. But, it’s Mackenzie Crook so I’m surely he’ll be good. In my head the Queen of Thorns has always been Maggie Smith, but she was just the first snarky old British woman that come to mind. I’m sure Diana Rigg will do an excellent job as Lady Olenna Tyrell.
The characters I do what to talk about are the Reeds and Missandei. I could do this entire post about my love for the Reed siblings and my minor disappointment that they weren’t introduced in season two. But, now that my opinion is out in the open, let’s move onto the casting.
At first I didn’t know what to think about Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Ellie Kendrick being cast at Jojen and Meera Reed. They fit what I pictured and they look like they could be related. But, in the book, Jojen is 13 and Meera is 16. Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Ellie Kendrick are both 22. The kid playing Jojen, looks just that: a kid. Ellie Kendrick looks pretty young too. So, I’m interested to see how old they make them in the show.
Also, both the actors seem like hipsters and if there are any hipsters in Westeros Jojen and Meera would be my first pick. I mean, they live in a place we have never heard of (Greywater Watch), eat food nobody else does (frogs) and have magical powers (well, at least one of them does). Overall, I agree with this casting choice.
That is not to say that I disagree with this casting choice; I’m just a little confused. Missandei is a 10-year-old slave girl that comes into Daenerys’ service after she kills her master and frees her. She is originally from Naath, so ethnicity is up in the air. But, Game of Thrones gave the part to Nathalie Emmanuel, 23-year-old Nathalie Emmanuel. What? Book Missandei is a child-slave Dany takes into her service. Nathalie Emmanuel is only two years younger than Emilia Clarke.
Now that I got that little rant out, I am interested to see how this casting choice pans out. Maybe Missandei was made an attractive young adult to make up for the fact that GoT killed off all of Dany’s attractive young adult friends(Irri, Doreah, Rarkaro). Obviously, Missandei is not the first character to be cast a lot older or way different than the book version. It can either go really well of really poorly. Margaery was cast by 30-year-old Natalie Dormer, which has aged her character up from 16 to I’d guess mid-twenties. Other than that and being made slightly bolder, she didn’t really change. And I like show Margaery better.
On the other hand, we have Xaro Xhoan Daxos who was played by Nonso Anozie and went from white and gay to black and straight. But most things in Dany’s season two story line changed. I didn’t really care, her story line wasn’t that great, book or show.
GoT hasn’t added an awesome young actor in a while and the show has a knack for finding them; Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Issac Hampstead Wright, etc. Missandei could have been the chance to add another. To contradict myself, only good things have been said about 13-year-old Kerry Ingram, who will be playing Shireen Baratheon. It will be interesting to see how/if the casting choice changes the character of Missandei. I’m excited for all the new characters. And as long as they aren’t change in a bad way, I’m not complaining.
And we must remember not even all the new characters have been announced yet. There is still no news on Mance Ryder or Vargo Hoat. I don’t know if Mace Tyrell, Garlan Tyrell, Edric Storm, Strong Belwas, Hoster Tully, Roslin Frey, all the Martells, and about 100 others will make it into this season, but if they do we still have no word there either.
Shae is really the reason I created the “I’m way cooler in the show” series. I don’t like focusing on the little difference between the show and the books — Theon’s sister’s name being changed from Asha to Yara or the Reeds coming in at a different time — too much. But big difference like Robb’s wife, everything that happens during Daenerys’ season two story line, and Shae I would like to talk about.
Anyway, this post is about Shae. The Shae is the books is 18-years-old and a common whore from Westeros. When Tyrion goes to King’s Landing, she doesn’t move into the Red Keep with him. She stays at a house somewhere in the city for a while. She then becomes Lady Tanda’s (she doesn’t exist in the show) daughter’s hand-maiden and hardly ever interacts with Sansa. She does become Sansa’s handmaid in book three, but they still don’t interact that much. She never pulls a knife on anyone, that we know of, and doesn’t seem to be friends with Bronn.
Shae is better in the show for many reasons. One: she is made slightly older — I’d guess mid-twenties — and foreign. That all had to do with the casting. “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said they made Shae foreign because they needed to reason to explain why she had a accent. She had an accent because they really liked Sibel Kekilli’s audition and gave her the part. Well, when you cast a 32-year-old Turkish-German actress to play a 18-year-old Westerosi, you are going to have to make some changes.
I’m really glad that they did cast Sibel Kekilli. She is an excellent actress, fits the part perfectly and makes Shae mysterious. We don’t find out until “Blackwater” that she is from Lorath and has been in Westeros for 10 years. Before that all we are told is that she is foreign and possibly high-born.
The scene when Shae, Bronn and Tyrion are drinking in his tent before the battle in season one is one of my favorites. We get to learn a lot about Tyrion and his “friends” very quickly. Tyrion doesn’t tell Shae the Tysha story until “Clash of Kings” (book two, which season two is based on). Also, it creates a connection between Shae and Bronn, which is revisited only by a swooping bow in season two, but the connection is there and I like it.
Shae is about as brash in the books as the show, but her relationship with Sansa is what makes show Shae better. All the Stark children seem to find very strange segregate parents, but “little dove” Lady Sansa being paired with foreign-whore Shae seems to be the weirdest. As Tyrion says making Shae a hand-maiden for Sansa was on of his “better ideas.” I think it was one of the writers’ too. And I love when she tells Sansa she can’t trust anyone not even her, but she still pulls a knife on a Cersei-apointed hand-maiden to protect Sansa.
George R.R. Martin and the show creators take part in a Joss Whedon-like level of strong-female character development. Shae fits into this category weirdly because she is a whore, which makes her occupation only exist for and determined by men. But, Shae is strong, interesting and overall awesome in the the show. And I think far more so than in the books and that is way I decided to dedicate an “I am way cooler in the show” post to her. Keep being awesome, Shae.
I know that doing an entire post about the relationships that take place on a show might seem like the girly thing to do. But, this is Game of Thrones and most of these relationships are not girly, romantic, healthy or in any way normal. What kind of relationship you are in also shows how well you play the game. Some people can have secret relationships and keep them that way, while others became the talk of the kingdoms. Some can turn political relationships into love, while other let them fail. Childhood crushes can get you a friend to watch your back or an abuser you can’t get away from. Kings can be with whoever they want, while lower lords have to be more careful.
There are a lot of Game of Thrones relationships, so I decided to do a rundown of all of them. I’m only going to blog about what has happened in the show so far, so these are all the relationships through the end of season two.
Daenerys and Drogo
Like numerous people in the Game of Thrones fandom, Dany and Drogo was my favorite relationship of season one. Through it started rather weird, kind of scary and with a rape, it turned out to be one of the sweetest relations of the season. And if there was ever a couple that would have rocked at winning (and keeping) the Iron Throne it would have been Khal Drogo and his khaleesi. But, a more naïve Dany and Mirri Maz Duur messed that all up. Ride strongly through the night lands, Khal Drogo.
Ned and Catelyn
Through Dany and Drogo was my favorite relationship of season one, Ned and Catelyn was by far the sweetest. Unlike most relationships in the show, we came into Ned and Catelyn’s at a late point. They had already been married for about 18 years. They were the happiest and most loving relationship. It is the kind of relationship most kids could only wish their parents had. Ned and Catelyn were loyal, loving and would do anything for each other. Catelyn’s reaction to Ned’s death was almost as heart-wrenching as Dany killing Drogo. May the old gods protect your soul, Lord Stark.
Sansa and Joffrey
At first I found Joffrey and Sansa nothing more than annoying. But, after everything that happened to Sansa — mostly at the hands of Joffrey — their relationship became nothing more than scary and sad. I have to share Sansa’s smile at the end of the last episode, I am incredibly happy that she doesn’t have to marry him. Enjoy your brief moment of freedom, Sansa.
Renly and Loras
I really wish I could have liked Renly and Loras more, but I found Loras really annoying. I understand that he was supposed to be jealous of Renly’s “marriage” to his sister and Breinne of Tarth’s acceptance into his rainbow guard. But he seemed too jealous where it moved into the realm of annoyance. I wanted to like them but I just couldn’t. After Renly’s death though, I did feel really bad for Loras. He has to hide how much he cares about the dead King in Highgarden, but is truly struggling with trying to not seem that bothered by it. May the mother have mercy on your soul, King Renly.
Renly and Margaery
Though Margaery and Renly only had a few scenes together, their relationship was a great way to show how most marriages are for nothing more than politics in Westeros. I think the casting of 30-year-old Natalie Dormer to play 16-year-old Margaery Tyrell had a lot to do with the aftereffects of their relationship. Margaery’s careless reaction to her husband’s relationship with her brother is a great way to show the Tyrell’s lust for the throne and that they will get it by whatever means necessary.
Cersei and Robert
In contrast to Ned and Catelyn, we are given Cersei and Robert to show us that not all political marriages turn into love. Cersei and Robert are both aware that their relation doesn’t and never had a chance of being successful. They both are in love with other people — Cersei with Jaime and Robert with Lyanna — but realize they must try and make their political marriage work. Too bad that it doesn’t. May the Mother have mercy on your soul, King Robert.
Dany and Xaro Xhoan Daxos
As must people know and that I will mention in a later post, Xaro Xhoan Daxos is completely different in the show than the books. The one reason why I like this is that because it creates the possibility that Dany could actually marry the show version of Xaro Xhoan Daxos. Though it is very hard to imagine Dany with Xaro, I do like his line that he once married for love and will do it for politics the second time. But, he was killed by the blood of the dragon at the end of season two, so there is no point in me complaining about this.
Xaro Xhoan Daxos and Doreah
This wasn’t really a relationship, but I decided to throw it in because GoT fandom seems to have differing thoughts on this relationship. Did Doreah actually play a role in Dany’s dragons being kidnapped or did she only sleep with Xaro Xhoan Daxos because it seemed to be the only way to survive after every other member of the khalsaar appeared to be dead? I’m not really sure. The actress who played Irri said that in a deleted scene she was choked from behind with a noose, which seems like a woman’s way to murder someone and every member of the khalsaar was killed with a sword. I liked Doreah and I’m still not sure how I feel about Dany killing her.
I can’t really say anything negative about Tyrion and Shae because they are my favorite couple. Their last few scenes between them are my favorite scenes of the entire season. Those scenes are the ones in “Blackwater” and their only scene in “Valar Morghulis.” Shae’s last line made them my favorite couple all over again. “You have a shit memory. I am yours and you are mine.” They seem to be the strongest and most loving couple even with living with the fear of someone discovering them and Tyrion getting killed by his sister at any moment. With so many relationships being formed out of politics, twincest and Stockholm syndrome, why can’t the strongest relationship develop between a whore and one of her clients?
Joffrey and Margaery
For this relationship, which hasn’t really started yet, I just hope Margaery does better than Sansa did. She probably will. Sansa went into her relationship with Joffrey naïve and alone. Margaery seems to be aware of what Joffrey is — all Seven Kingdoms are at this point. She also has her little brother, the Knight of the Flowers, to protect her and the largest army in Westeros. Also, she is a lot older and stronger than Sansa was. May the Warrior protect you, Margaery.
Cersei and Jaime
I share Tyrion’s opinion on Cersei and Jaime. I don’t understand what Jaime sees in her. Before Jaime was taken by Robb’s army, we were never really given a romantic scene between the two of them. They have only had two scenes together as a couple. The first was one was shocking and the second was strange. But, maybe the audience not seeing their relationship is the point. They are the most talked about couple in Westeros and like everyone else; we just have to imagine what it is like.
Robb and Talisa
With Robb being 15 in the books and every chapter he is in being through the eyes of his mother, we are given a constant reminder that Robb is very young to be leading an army and be the King of the North. He is 18 in the show and most of that seemed to be lost until Talisa came along. This relationship has faced a lot of criticism in the fandom, because of its difference from Robb and Jeyne in the books. And yes, it was predictable, tarnished Robb’s honor, and could be the plot of a romantic-comedy. But, when you have this many relationships, it’s hard to get them all right.
Jon and Ygritte
Though Jon and Ygritte’s relationship starts with childish teasing and endless dick jokes, it seems like in might turn into an actual relationship. Both of them go out of their way to protect each other and the reasoning is left for us to figure out. It is kind of hard to tell if Jon fancies Ygritte because he is trying to keep his Night’s Watch vow of never laying with a woman. But Ygritte definitely fancies him and she seems to be wearing the pants thus far.
Stannis and Melisandre
Any relationship that ends with a Renly-killing Shadow Baby is just weird. But, in the show and the books Stannis and Melisandre’s maybe-they-are-maybe-they-aren’t relationship is supposed to be weird. I don’t really like Stannis, so I don’t really like this relationship. But, Stannis isn’t supposed to be likable This is one of the weirdest relationships and it is certainly the most dangerous as Lord Varys has warned us.
Arya is a little too young for this to turn into a relationship anytime soon, but I still like the idea. After escaping King’s Landing, Arya meets a lot of different people and loses most of them. But, Gendry stays. Though they share a lot of school yard-like teasing, they also face near-death situations multiple times. I like how the slightly-younger-book Arya describes it. She thinks he’s stupid and annoying, but she wants to spend time with him and doesn’t know why.
Sam and Gilly
I don’t even know if I can call this a relationship, it is more of just a crush. Sam has obviously fallen for the first girl he has seen since joining the Watch, Gilly. But, because he is a sworn brother of the Night’s Watch doing anything with her would break his oath. And on top of that her father/husband, Craster, would kill him or fed him to the White Walkers. Gilly was a little too scared to show us if she likes Sam at all. But, she thinks he’s brave and brave seems to be what she needs.
Dany and Jorah
I’m really glad Daenerys was aged up from 14 to 17, because it makes Jorah’s love for her a little less weird. But, weird isn’t really a factor when determining Game of Thrones relationships. Though Dany is set on being Khal Drogo’s widow for the rest of her life, I want her to give Jorah a chance. As Xaro Xhoan Daxos told her, “You are too young and beautiful to be a widow forever.” But, in Dany’s defense, I think Jorah is going about it the wrong way.
Catelyn and Littlefinger
There is no way in the Seven Hells that this relationship will ever happen, but Littlefinger refuses to give up so I put it on here. Littlefinger is seen as one of the least honorable men in the Kingdoms. Catelyn, on the other hand, was married to the commonly called most honorable man, Ned Stark, and is a Tully — family, duty, honor. Catelyn has thrown things at him and swung a knife at him. He better lay off or she might actually hurt him one of these times.