My father always told the truth.
Yes, he had that reputation. And they named him traitor and took his head.
“He may be the best boy who ever drew breath and it would not matter. My duty is to the realm. How many boys dwell in Westeros? How many girls? How many men, how many women? The darkness will devour them all, she says. The night that never ends. She talks of prophecies … a hero reborn in the sea, living dragons hatched from dead stone … she speaks of signs and swears they point to me. I never asked for this, no more than I asked to be king. Yet dare I disregard her? We do not choose our destinies. Yet we must … we must do our duty, no? Great or small, we must do our duty.”
“Your Grace, the cost…”
“I know the cost! Last night, gazing into that hearth, I saw things in the flames as well. I saw a king, a crown of fire on his brows, burning … burning, Davos. His own crown consumed his flesh and turned him into ash. Do you think I need Melisandre to tell me what that means? Or you?”
#what i hate most is that they’ve erased the political power of the position of mother? #in the books her pov hugely centred on the narrative construction of how a mother is superficially without political power #but exerts a huge amount behind the scenes and in her influence over her children? #and the tragedy of those children - male children - succumbing to their own judgment over hers #because they can - because they are male #but that was about the tension there #between her influence and robb’s hubris and political naivete #here her political influence as mother is completely erased #her motherhood made palatable and safe by making a focal point of her character her guilt about jon snow #ugh
Sometimes her father had prayed a long time, she remembered. But the old gods had never helped him.
i’m a few sansa chapters into affc and there’s sO much nED??and it’s so great specifically because petyr keeps comparing her to her motherand what’s going to be his downfall is that he had the wrong parentsansa is her father through and through but they cut his head of and she kept hers(and the similar underestimation wrt arya being that she takes on masculine rolesbut is in actuality her vicious ruthless unforgiving mother)
He is not so bad as the rest of them, she told herself.
a couple of confused messages in my ask box, so here.
i have defended ros since day one.
also as pointed out by si
what are you doing hbo re: sex workers
PLEASE BE ON YOUR GUARD
cw: abuse, rape. asoiaf book spoilers
put this post behind the cut because it’s not fully thought out and obviously not everyone needs this on their dashes, but here are just some things i have been thinking wrt to cersei lannister and her narrative, which also tangentially relates to fandom’s responses to her.
“All Unsullied boys are given new names when they are cut: Grey Worm, Red Flea, Black Rat. Names that remind them what they are - vermin.”
You’d be my lady.