Martin’s willingness to deconstruct tropes has, I think, been greatly exaggerated by fans who haven’t actually read very many novels (or history books). What Martin really does is confuse us and disorient us so that we don’t expect what are actually totally conventional narrative maneuvers.
In the larger structure of ASOIAF as a whole, Ned’s death is not only non-subversive, it’s exactly what we should predict. Four of the major points-of-views are of his children. He is the wise father whose death will be the motivating factor for his children to grow up and avenge him. This is not an unusual type of character – Duke Leto from Dune springs to mind as the closest analogue, but they seem pretty innumerable to me. What Martin actually does is trick us into not realizing that Ned is fulfilling this standard trope by instead structuring AGOT as a murder mystery, with Ned as the detective. The detective doesn’t get killed! But that’s just a screen for what’s actually going on.
Martin accentuates his disorientation of us by hiding his intentions from us for as long as possible. So even after Ned’s coup fails and he is in prison, he holds out what seems like a very plausible hope that Ned will survive and be sent to the Wall. The thing is, that in terms of standard narrative expectations, of course Ned has to die. Martin disorients us by making us think the standard narrative device isn’t going to happen, and then makes it happen anyway, and in the cruelest and most painful way possible. But I don’t think Martin actually subverts many traditional narrative tropes at all."
i havent talked in a while about sansa/brienne so, like, listen, sansa/brienne. listen to me. sansa/brienne. like jsut age sansa on up and then imagine like, brienne being sansa’s bodyguard. brienne rescuing sansa. brienne picking sansa up and carrying her princess style over mud puddles so she doesn’t get her shoes dirty. brienne blushing whenever sansa’s around. sansa singing to brienne. them goign for WALKS. sansa making anyone who is mean to brienne feel bad by doing that thing she does with her words, u know. the thing. u knwo the thing. things-are-happy au where brienne is sworn 2 cat and shit but shes got such a crush on sansa and cats like gently teasing brienne about it and briennes like i have no idea what you mean, my lady. and sansa giving brienne a favor. sansa/brienne
The only argument I really need to defend Sansa Stark. You know… besides the one where she thinks she’s all alone in the world and her whole family has been murdered and she’s fighting to not meet the same end.
reminder that she was 11 when all of this started in the books, too - being 14 in the show is older than she is in the books
sansa is one of the most politically astute barely-teens i have seen and she’s demonstrating the ability to learn and adapt in a way that will make her one of the most politically devastating women in westeros if she continues to survive
anyone who hates on the young child for behaving in a way that seems illogical to an uninvolved adult commenter with a much wider view of the situation the child is in can meet me in the parking lot tbh
When Ironborn raid other lands, they kidnap individuals and make them their servants or Thralls. In Ironborn society Thralls are the lowest in regards to social class and ever since Aegon the Conqueror landed, the Ironborn believe that they have become the very thing they look down upon. This is why they yearn for independence, because they do not wish to live under the Iron Throne’s rule. Asha learned that the only way for their land to prosper is by making allies out of those from the Mainland who wish to see the Crown’s destruction, too.
What makes Asha Greyjoy the perfect candidate to be the Iron Isles’ High Queen is that she’s completely aware of the vexed cultures that Westeros and the Ironborn have. Yet, she can work within them and can keep an appropriate balance between her own beliefs and what is expected of her. Asha knows how the Game is played and her diplomatic prowess is a weapon that many refuse to acknowledge, but that only makes her all the more dangerous."
#i’ve basically been saying this for the last few years #asha sees the flaws not only in her own culture but in the cultures of others #and the thing about her is she knows you don’t go in swinging your axe and telling people how to behave #you can’t instigate change and peace trying to force cultural norms #especially when your gender is stacked against you and the people around you have been #jacking off to their awful traditions for years #asha grejoy is a diplomat above all else #a warrior yes #but she’s possibly the most capable and valuable diplomat in the entire series #and her great talent is to change the world from the inside out
everytime grrm talks about the five yr gap he mentions arya. i mean
George mentioned that he felt really silly about that planned 5 year jump. He imagined it originally going something like Jon sitting on the Wall going “Well, it’s been 5 fairly quiet years since I’ve been Lord Commander. But I’m starting to think that’ll pick up now…” and realized that the adults wouldn’t wait in their plot lines for Arya to hit puberty. [x]
He said the five-year hiatus is as dead as his plan to finish the series in a trilogy. While he would like to skip ahead to age the children (esp. Bran and Arya), he feels the back-story is too interesting and important. He needs to focus on their development. [x]
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It worked for characters like Arya and Dany but not so much for the adults or those who had a lot of action coming… “If a twelve-year old has to conquer the world, then so be it.” [x]
But what I soon discovered — and I struggled with this for a year — [the gap] worked well with some characters like Arya — who at end the of Storm of Swords has taken off for Braavos. You can come back five years later, and she has had five years of training and all that. [x]
"Oh, bleed that," the little man said. He pushed himself off the ledge into empty air. Jon gasped, then watched with awe as Tyrion Lannister spun around in a tight ball, landed lightly on his hands, then vaulted backwards onto his legs. - George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
Remember when Tyrion’s first introduction in the books was a sickass backflip?