The Bastard of Winterfell

Guest post from Fraser


Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born.

These words uttered to Jon Snow by Aemon Targaryen were perhaps more important than ever at the end of the ambitious episode 8 of Game of Thrones. It was an episode where the young Lord Commander truly took center stage. Jon Snow is arguably the most important character in the ASOIAF universe and I will prove that he is. George R. R. Martin tries to break fantasy tropes in his world- it isn’t a fantasy story in the same wayThe Lord of the Rings is. It is much more complex, and his characters follow this pattern. Jon Snow is one of these characters. You often see people say he is ‘too gloomy’ or ‘2 dimensional’ and these people are incredibly wrong!  Jon is a character whose journey is at a crossroads come the end of A Dance with Dragons, and you would expect it will be in the same place come the end of season 5. It’s a journey that deserves to be understood and to understand the journey, you need to understand Jon Snow.


When we meet Jon Snow in A Game of Thrones he is just a 14 year old boy. A 14 year old boy who has been brought up in Winterfell by Eddard Stark alongside the other Stark children and the relationships with his half-brother Robb, his father’s ward Theon Greyjoy and his half-sister Arya are the most important to his development as a child. Robb and Theon are there when Jon is trained with a sword and on a horse and  it is said that he was more skilled than Robb with a sword. He is also said to have the most Stark like features of Ned Stark’s children, along with Arya whom he is very close to. This relationship does not need explaining if you have read the books or understand the significance of Arya’s sword Needle. Jon certainly has a soft spot for people who might be viewed as the odd one out and Arya is one of these people. This would perhaps explain Jon’s eagerness to join the Night’s Watch. He feels more comfortable with people who may be viewed as outsiders. It’s how he has experienced his life as Ned Stark’s’ bastard son. As relatively privileged as his upbringing was, a point he is not allowed to forget when he goes to the Wall, he is often mocked and called ‘Lord Snow’ due to his upbringing. However something that affects him the most is the lack of a mother or not knowing who his mother was, or is. I am personally not in the camp that solely blames Catelyn Stark for this. Her actions are far from perfect but understandable. It is surprising that Ned never seemed to trust her enough to tell her the truth of Jon’s parentage. This could have changed the way Catelyn viewed Jon if the theory of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark being Jon’s actual parents is true. It almost seems as if Ned felt a deep shame about not being able to save his sister. Or perhaps he did not want people to know about Jon’s true parentage as it puts him at risk. Jon’s struggle to understand why the man who bought him up never told him the truth about who is mother is something that he must get over throughout his journey. After Ned’s death, he figures that he will never find out. He does not know if anyone alive knows who his mother is. He believes his father was executed at the Sept of Baelor and the truth of his parentage was lost at this point. This is perhaps something that helps him become who he is by the end of A Storm of Swords .


Throughout a Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords a lot is asked of Jon by the Night’s Watch and those around him. Qhorin Halfhand asks the most of him. Jon’s time with the Wildlings is very important to his development as a leader. He crucially learns why the Wildlings are marching south and perhaps more importantly, that they aren’t that different from people south of the Wall. A lot of decisions Jon makes throughout the series are ones that he antagonises over. He isn’t someone who takes the decisions he makes lightly. One of the first major decisions he makes is going back  to the Watch after temporarily leaving to go help Robb. After this his commitment to the Watch and his role in it grows immensely. One of the biggest moments for Jon is meeting Ygritte. His relationship with her is challenging to everything he believes in. After being told by Qhorin Halfhand to go undercover to find out what the Wildlings’ plans are, his commitment to the Watch is shown yet again when he leaves Ygritte to warn them of the coming Wildling invasion. Leaving the woman he has fallen in love with, and may have to face when the Wildlings invade, is proof of how much Jon has grown and how he now feels that the Night’s Watch is truly where he belongs. He has the chance to leave the Watch and be with someone he loves but instead chooses to warn his brothers and in the end it is a decision that saves their lives. After the battle of Castle Black and having been given the command of the Wall during the fighting, Jon’s leadership skills are evident. The eventual arrival of the wonderful father and non-religious fanatic Stannis creates further decisions for Jon to make. Jon is given the chance to have what he always dreamed of having by Stannis- Winterfell. Stannis offering to legitimise Jon and making him Warden of the North is something Jon has always secretly wanted. One of the main reasons he does not accept it is he is chosen as Lord Commander by his brothers. However another important reason he turns it down is Ghost. When reunited with Ghost he looks at his red eyes and sees the Weirwood tree in Winterfell. Melisandre would want to burn the heart tree and after all his family has been through Jon decides against it. This is perhaps the most important decision made by Jon, and one of the most important made in the entire series by someone. If Jon had accepted it he would have joined Stannis and gained him a lot of support in the North. But by choosing to become Lord Commander he takes on perhaps an even more important role- the fight against the White Walkers. The rest of this post will look at the most recent events involving Jon and theories about what is next for him. The theories surrounding Jon are perhaps some of the most important in the series.


Jon is not going to die. Let’s get that straight. He is too important. His actions following the arrival of the “Pink Letter” lead to a mutiny and end with him getting stabbed. Of course we know nothing more of his fate after this. It also seems unlikely we will find out about what happens to him in episode 10 of season 5. There are many ways Jon could be ‘resurrected’. Firstly the importance of Melisandre at the Wall cannot be ignored and the show has even had her meet with Thoros of Myr and discuss resurrection through the Lord of Light. Also Melisandre starting to believe Jon is increasingly important will play a role in this. The ability to warg is something that is also shown to be increasingly important with the Varamyr prologue chapter as well. Jon’s ability to potentially warg his mind into Ghost’s before his body is resurrected by Mel is probably what will save his life. There is no question Jon would be a different man after this experience but in essence he would still be Jon Snow. The questions of what would be next for Jon then come up. Would dying release him from his Night’s Watch vows? Would he still be able to hold his position as Lord Commander after the attempt on his life? This is a very important question because Jon does have other options. Perhaps something that is forgotten by people is the letter that Robb made legitimising Jon as his heir should he die before having a child. Jon is the only brother that remains to me. ‘Should I die without issue, I want him to succeed me as King in the North.’ Although we cannot be sure where the letter is there is a good possibility it is with Howland Reed at Greywater Watch. If this is true this makes Howland Reed important to Jon’s future for more than one reason. Not only would this letter legitimise Jon, something he may be more favourable of having been attacked by his own brothers and the legitimisation coming from Robb himself rather than some southern King he had never met before. It would not be too surprising if Jon took this offer. Although staying at the Watch would perhaps be more in character for Jon, the experience of warging into Ghost for an extended period of time may change his motivations. Howland Reed’s importance may perhaps be even greater when it comes to knowledge about Jon’s parents. Being the only surviving member from the battle at the Tower of Joy it is likely that Howland will confirm the theory that Rhaegar and Lyanna are Jon’s parents. This would also give credit to the theories of Jon being The Prince that Was Promised, or Azor Ahai, or maybe even both. The nuances of whether these two prophecies are the same or not can be debated, but I do not believe they are. However I do believe it is possible they are the same people. Someone of Ice and Fire. Of course it could be argued either Aegon or Daenerys are Fire whilst Jon is Ice but what would the purpose of Jon having mixed Stark and Targaryen blood if he was not both? If was just ice he would just be a Stark, he is not. This is of course presuming that R+L does equal Jon but it does seem highly likely, if not obvious.


Jon is crucial to the future of the story. We now know that we will find out his fate in either season 6 or if TWOW comes out before it. The show has set it up for Melisandre to revive him. He understands that the real fight is yet to come. The Iron Throne does not matter. This is why he cannot be dead. Whether Jon is ‘ice’ or ‘fire and ice’ or The Prince that Was Promised or Azor Ahai, or both, or he just ends up being Ned Stark’s bastard his importance cannot be overstated. He is trying to help the Wildlings, he is trying to strengthen the Night’s Watch, he is trying to prepare for the coming Winter. A Winter that will bring much more danger than any in 8000 years. He has lost his father, his brothers, his uncles, his sisters, he has lost almost everything that he grew up with. He gained a brotherhood which has turned against him, by the start of The Winds of Winter, Jon Snow may have nothing. He might be a completely different man. We do not know. But one thing I am almost certain of, he will try and do the right thing, he might gain an identity which gives him a new purpose. There must always be a Stark in Winterfell, and as Eddard Stark said, ‘You may not have my name, but you have my blood.’



Wanted: Sam’s Plot in Season 5

Giselda Aguiar

Viewers of Game of Thrones might have forgotten Samwell Tarly was even in season 5, which had its season finale this past Sunday, since his presence had little to no relevance on the show. Below I analyze what went wrong with Sam’s plot this season. WARNING: This contains book and possible season 6 spoilers.

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The Mummer’s Farce is Almost Done

It's a Knockaert

I’ve experienced almost every emotion that exists during season five of Game of Thrones. Scepticism became hope, which became disgust, which became hope again before very quickly returning to disgust, and has now settled down with a state of blissful nirvana. Because Game of Thrones has finally jumped the shark. Any semblance of a story as deep as A Song of Ice and Fire is gone, and in it’s place is a clusterfuck of scenes designed to provoke shock and outrage, characters forced together for no logical reason, characters contradiction themselves and making brainless decisions, and the complete death of character development.


Jon and the Night’s Watch

Jon is one of very few, perhaps the only, character to emerge from this season in a better-than-terrible state. Most people’s highlight of the season is his dramatic battle with the white walkers at Hardhome…

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The Hype That Was Hardhome

~Lady Shelly~

We are rapidly approaching the end of season 5 of Game of Thrones and up until this week, it has been pretty uneventful so I figured we were in store for a good episode and “Hardhome” didn’t disappoint!


Cersei Cersei is still fighting tooth and nail and I’d expect nothing less than that from a Lioness from the Rock. I think her story will follow the books pretty closely based on the info that we’ve heard and the pics on set so I definitely don’t want to spoil for any of our show only fans! Can’t wait to see what happens next week!

Sansa and Theon/ Ramsay and Roose


Can someone please get Alfie Allen his Emmy already?! I mean damn! Every week Alfie is just killing it! He has really carried the Northern story-line. Ok, so the big news here is that he told Sansa about Bran and Rickon and that is HUGE. This news puts Sansa in a totally different frame of mind now. Before coming back to Winterfell, Sansa believed herself to be the only living member of House Stark. Now that Sansa knows the truth, will she become even more determined to escape from Ramsay? I think so. This story-line has the the most deviation from the books, so it’s hard to tell where it’s going, but I definitely think that Sansa is going to try to find her  brothers. I gotta say, I laughed really hard when Ramsay said he only needed “20 good men” to defeat Stannis in battle. Oh, you sweet summer child. Clearly Ramsay has let all that flaying get to his head since he is so confident in his abilities to defeat Stannis.



I am really liking Arya’s story so far this season. It started a little slowly, but watching her progress from Arya of House Stark to Cat of the Canals has been pretty cool. Her story in Braavos was one of my favorite parts of A Feast for Crows so I was looking forward watching it unfold on screen. The Thin Man is in for a treat next week I think! I’m still not sold on Jaqen being in the Kindly Man role, but he has done a good job so far.



How many times will Jorah be exiled in this tv series? I mean come on bro, sometimes you just gotta know when to quit, you know? I liked the initial conversation between Dany and Tyrion and the suggestions that he made to her in regards to Jorah and ruling in general. The point about the small folk was spot on! So we finally got the “break the wheel” speech that Sarah has been making fun of all season.

“Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell, they’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top and that one’s on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. We’re not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.”

As I was watching the second time, I thought of something: why didn’t Dany or Tyrion mention House Martell? Is it because  the show runners are going to somehow follow the Targaryen/Martell alliance that we see in the books between Arianne and fAegon? Is it because Dorne is relatively isolated and doesn’t concern itself much with the politics of King’s Landing? Or is it because Daenerys assumes that House Martell (and all of Dorne) will ally themselves with her because of their former alliance with Rhaegar during Robert’s Rebellion? I mean surely Dany knows of House Martell and House Targaryen’s previous alliances during times of war, right? I don’t really know where they are going with this, but I’m curious to see.

And now for the most important part of the episode…the bae that was promised

Jon/The Wall 

Jon ventures to Hardhome with Tormund and members of the Night’s Watch to ally themselves with the Free Folk and to allow them passage through the Wall in exchange for help fighting the Others/White Walkers. Also, while we are at it let’s all clarify a little something thanks to my good friend Fraser:

These are the Others

These are the wights

Thanks Fraser!

Ok, back to the recap..let’s start by giving Tormund a big round of applause after just beating the crap out of the Lord of Bones AKA Rattleshirt. Book readers know his fate in the books, and while I like it (a lot) I LOVED Tormund just absolutely destroying him.


Seriously, don’t fuck with Tormund Giantsbane….

Now, to break down this battle on my humble little blog would not do it justice so I leave that to much more experienced sites like Watchers on the Wall. But here are my top things I liked a bout Hardhome:

Wun Wun! Seven Hells Wun Wun was great! Just straight up stomping people into the ground. I loved it


Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as the “wildling cheiftaness” who just absolutely kicked so much ass. How awesome was it to get another strong, bad ass female character after Ygritte died? Too bad she died too. I kinda knew she was a goner as soon as she kissed her kids goodbye in the boat. We all know that D&D cannot allow a female character to survive that is both caring and a bad ass!


Jon is Azor Ahai. It’s basically been confirmed in my mind since I read A Dance with Dragons but it’s been solidified after seeing this week’s epidsode. I pretty much lost my mind when Longclaw didn’t shatter during Jon’s fight with the Other (Look for a future post from Fraser about Jon Snow).


So what didn’t I like?

The Thenns aren’t the assholes that they are portrayed as on the show. The Thenns are actually the most decent of the Free Folk with laws and titles and such. I don’t like how they made them cannibals and douches but I guess there has to a bad guy, right?


No Ghost. Why is Jon leaving Ghost behind? Jon and Ghost are one!!!! I really think that Ghost would have kicked some serious ass. Remember how clutch he was during “Watchers on the Wall”??

tumblr_lky67nJDX11qbtguuo1_500The Night’s King. I’m sorry. I know I am in the small minority when it comes to this. I just think he looks like a blue Darth Maul. He looks douchy to me. And totally not intimidating at all.


So there you have it, my short recap of the episode! Next week is sure to be intense since it’s episode 9 and is historically the “OH SHIT” episode of the season. What did you think of the episode?

Dorne is Bad and D&D Should Feel Bad!

~Guest post from the lovely Lauren~

So before I start I just want to state that Dorne is my favourite place in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ world. I love the dynamic and complex characters, I love the shrewd political intrigue and I love the unusual (in Westerosi terms) political system and most of all I LOVE LOVE LOVE Arianne Martell.  This is NOT a critique on the ASOIAF story. It is a critique on the unrecognisable shower of shit that D&D have created for Game of Thrones. After Pedro Pascal’s stellar portrayal of the Red Viper of Dorne, Oberyn Martell in season 4, Dorne was the most anticipated part of season 5. Everyone was so excited to see a region of Westeros that had not been featured on the show before. But what we got in season 5 has been one of the biggest let downs in the history of Game of Thrones. The show runners have reduced Dorne to the absolute bare minimum that they could get away with and it is beyond underwhelming.

If you’re not familiar with Dorne let me just quickly explain this beautiful region of Westeros. Dorne is the southernmost region in Westeros. It’s completely different to the rest of the world in regards to its climate, its people and its customs. Dorne is described as being mostly an arid and mountainous desert. There are many different regions in Dorne with a diverse population. Sunspear is the ancestral seat of House Martell who rule over all of Dorne and is  the capital of the region as well. dorne-sunspear


Let’s begin my critique by starting with this important fact: Queen Nymeria and her people (the Rhoynar) fled to Dorne and under her leadership (and the marriage to the Martells) united the whole region which soon became known as Dorne. The point I’m making here is that a woman did this.  Queen Nymeria united the region, she led a successful campaign, and she led her people safely away from their destroyed homeland. Another event in Dornish history that is of note is at the time of Aegon’s Conquest, Dorne was the only region to remain unconquered. This is thanks to the might of Dorne and the unwavering bravery and cunning by Princess Meria. Dorne has never been conquered but instead voluntarily joined the seven kingdoms through marriage alliances; a testament to their incredible political intrigue. Furthermore, this is an important event in Dornish history because it set up the fair and equal political system where the eldest child can inherit titles regardless of gender, unlike the rest of Westeros. Is there any mention of this in the television show?!?! Nope, Trystane is the heir to Dorne now completely disregarding his older sibings Arianne (the number one bae) and Quentyn.


Arianne Martell (and Ser Aerys Oakehart who mysteriously vanished from the show)

So basically what I’m trying to say is that throughout Dornish history women have been important players, but there is no mention of or even allusion to this in the show. They cut Arianne (arguably one of the most powerful and important female characters in ASOIAF), they cut five of the sand snakes and even cut Quentyn (which had a pretty interesting storyline IMO). D&D did away with important female Dornish characters and their agency and completely transformed Ellaria’s personality from a caring and peaceful mother to this vengeful, bitter woman set on avenging Oberyn. One of the best parts of Ellaria’s character is that she does NOT desire revenge! Her speech to the Sand Snakes in A Dance with Dragons is one of the best in the series:

Oberyn wanted vengeance for Elia. Now the three of you want vengeance for him. I have four daughters, I remind you. Your sisters. My Elia is fourteen, almost a woman. Obella is twelve, on the brink of maidenhood. They worship you, as Dorea and Loreza worship them. If you should die, must El and Obella seek vengeance for you, then Dorea and Loree for them? Is that how it goes, round and round forever? I ask again, where does it end?” Ellaria Sand laid her hand on the Mountain’s head. “I saw your father die. Here is his killer. Can I take a skull to bed with me, to give me comfort in the night? Will it make me laugh, write me songs, care for me when I am old and sick?”

“What would you have us do, my lady?” asked the Lady Nym. “Shall we lay down our spears and smile, and forget all the wrongs that have been done to us?”

“War will come, whether we wish it or not,” said Obara. “A boy king on the Iron Throne. Lord Stannis holds the Wall and is gathering nothmen to his cause. The two queens are squabbling over Tommen like bitches with a juicy bone. The ironmen have taken the Shields and are raiding up the Mander, deep into the heart of the Reach, which means Highgarden will be preoccupied as well.  Our enemies are in disarray. The time is ripe.”

“Ripe for what? To make more skulls?” Ellaria Sand turned to the prince. “They will not see. I can hear no more of this.”

Instead of this, we now have an Ellaria who wishes to send Myrcella back to Dorne in pieces which is not only disturbing in itself, but is a stark contradiction to Oberyn’s comment to Cersei in season 4!



Speaking of Doran, he has all of what, 3 minutes of screen time thus far? Doran Martell is one of the most underrated players in the game and instead of portraying Doran as this understated but nevertheless shrewd diplomat, we’ve only seen him arguing with Ellaria so far. We’ve seen Dorne many times this season yet I don’t remember anything of consequence to have actually happened?

D&D have also reduced the Sand Snakes down to just 3 and they have made them SO one dimensional and boring, which the Sand Snakes are not! They are the embodiment of Dorne: passionate, fiery, intelligent, diverse etc… and D&D have taken this and have completely fucked it up. Where is the agency? Where is the diversity? Where are the personalities?! – Side note, what the fuck did they do to Tyene in episode 7? 1) that is not Tyene’s personality 2) Since when do the Sand Snakes give antidote to their victims? Especially after having to be told ‘they are the most beautiful’ by some random. Answer: they NEVER do. Don’t even get me started on their costumes, let alone their armour. Why do they need nipples on their armour? Why do they need to sexualise them?! The show runners have essentially taken 3 strong and unique personalities and rolled them into 1 character. Now, instead of these unique personalities, we are left with ethnic ninja Barbie dolls.

snakesThe Sand Snakes we deserve!

sand snakes

The Sand Snakes that D&D chose…..

Let’s thank our lucky stars they didn’t cast Arianne, she would have just been objectified, her powerful agency taken away and would have been reduced down to just her sex and would have been a victim of their misogynistic crap like so many of the other wonderful and powerful female characters (#protectSansa). How shit is that? That we have to be THANKFUL that they didn’t include a character because they would ruin them!


Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.

Beet Protection Society! Oh, and Shireen too!

The Beet Protection Society!
by the fabulous Brandi
In light of D&D’s fanfiction season 5 I started worrying about the fates of (NEARLY EVERYONE!) two characters who are alive in the books. (No my dears, not Pyp and Grenn. Don’t talk to me about that tragedy.) Shireen and Tommen (Lannister) Baratheon. Before you rip my head off about how they aren’t that important and other characters are more important, just hear me out. And yes, children should be protected with the exception of Ramsey. But there are more reasons to protect Shireen and Tommen than their age. I feel it’s important to stop thinking of them as minor characters hanging around and start thinking of them as future powerful players in this game. And to get to that point, it’s important that we all join what I’m going to call the Beet Protection Society. (Clever; I know….not really. We’ll work on it.)

​Via Penna

There are so many characters in this series that demand protection and by all reality should be protected as well (DO YOU HAVE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT THE PRECIOUS HOUSE STARK? Or…at least what’s left of it….) but those have been done. We could also go on the opposite end and do a list of all who deserve death, but all I want to discuss is how we as a fandom can protect Shireen and Tommen. How we must protect them at all costs.
The fact of the matter is both are royalty. Yes, we are all aware Jaime is really Tommen’s father but Robert still claimed him as a potential heir (yes unknowing to the real paternal aspect of Tommen but claimed.) I’m not saying Stannis is not our rightful king, I’m merely stating that Tommen is still of importance. But more to the fact, Tommen is unaware of his parentage and this should protect him from a punishment for unlawfully taking the throne. As for Shireen, she’s the rightful princess. She is the one true king’s daughter and if that doesn’t call for all the protection in the world I really don’t know what does.

I could continue with more light #gameofthronesbanter (really I think this is the best hashtag I’ve seen in this fandom. Let’s be real) with their shared importance, their shared reasons but I want to get serious. (Not as serious as Sansa Stark but I can’t be touched about that yet.) So lists are fun, let’s have a list!
Shireen Baratheon. How do I begin to describe Shireen Baratheon?

In all seriousness though, let’s discuss.
1.) Shireen is the only child of Stannis, we are going to disregard shadow!baby because…well. If Stannis is the one true king of Westeros, and he is, he needs an heir. You can say all you want that she can’t be his heir regarding her sex but I mean…try to fight him on that. He needs to name someone and fight me on him not naming his own daughter. And if he names Shireen, then by all rights she should take the throne after him. If we let her fall through the crack who the hell will we get on the throne? Gendry is out there still out there trying to figure out how to row his boat…

Besides, let’s all be real here. The best part of Myrcella being in Dorne (outside of the fantastic book!cast of Dorne) is the push to make her the queen. Shireen could be even more exciting trying to take the throne. She’s probably stronger and smarter than Myrcella (who don’t get me wrong, I love too). She has Stannis’ blood pumping through her veins, that would be one hell of a ride. We need to be realistic in the terms of the books, the key players right now may not be the ones we end with on the throne. We need to be realistic that some ‘minor’ character may come out of no where and take the throne. Shireen could be an interesting contender.
2.) Shireen beat most odds and survived Greyscale. While it’s possible to survive Greyscale to an extent, it also says something  about her as a person to fight it off and become the adorable child we know. We heard Val/Gilly’s story of what they know Greyscale to do. We’ve met the Stone Men. This child beat the odds of that and became the smart, kind, adorable little girl she is. We can talk about the luck of Stannis finding all the right people but at the same time we can discuss how something in her personality was strong enough to let it not take her life. What does surviving Greyscale have to do with keeping her protected? If she can survive Greyscale, think of the girl’s potential. Think of the many other things she could survive, having survived this. Besides, the girl survived her crazed mother. Think of other kids who survive a super crazy mother….

3.) Shireen is smart and far more like Stannis than Selyse. In all matters that matter, Selyse is a terrible mother to Shireen. Selyse gets even worse towards her after Melisandre comes into the picture with her magic boobs and uterus (with that shadow!baby and all…tho I would tend to lean to deformed uterus…having shadow!babies and all). Despite that, despite being locked away essentially, Shireen is a decent and true person. Outside of having Patchface, Shireen has no one to entertain her and she took to studying and reading. She has to be pretty smart if at 9 she is teaching Davos to read; teaching Davos to read well. Not only that, but show!Shireen decided to teach Gilly to read. While Shireen being a sweet child doesn’t scream being like Stannis, her ability to endure, her intelligence, her loyalty…that’s what makes her like Stannis. Despite Davos being locked away for not buying Melisandre’s game, she still believe he was a good person. Still believe he was her friend. We haven’t had a chance to find out if she’s like Stannis in every sense, but what we do know, I feel deems her important enough to save.
4.) Shireen is often glanced over in chapters featuring her. We don’t even know much about her personality or who she is. I understand losing characters we don’t know well is easier but is it fair to also lose someone we know nothing about that is a pretty important character. Shireen has potential to be prominent and important if allowed to survive long enough to be given the storylines. When we first meet Shireen, shes essentially locked away in a tower and her mother talks of her as this deformed monster. Not in exact terms, but basically. She’s this shy, quiet, sweet little girl. We get little bits of her before she reaches the wall, but all of it is pity. It’s much in the way people look at Bran after his accident. It’s really no different when we leave her in ADWD. She’s pitied or seen as unclean. She hasn’t had a chance to be seen as anything other than this sweet little girl who has had some unfortunate disease. The worst part is, she knows that’s how she’s seen. And she still manages to stay the same!

​Via songsofwolves

Tommen Baratheon. What can I say about this adorable cat lover and beet hater?

1.) I’ve discussed this before, but I feel the need to repeat it. Tommen by all accounts honestly believes Robert is his father. Tommen believes he is a true Baratheon and Tommen believes he really did have the right to sit that throne after his brother died. Jaime and Cersei’s sin should have no real affect on Tommen, because he’s a small child and knows nothing about this. I can’t repeat enough that his parents sins should not be a cause to kill Tommen. Besides, outside of stamping the royal seal, Tommen could care less about being king. Tommen dreams of knighthood. Outside of kittens, Tommen only dreams of knighthood. Joffrey was supposed to be king, not Tommen. And once Joffrey died, all Tommen knows is that the next child then takes the throne. He honestly believes, and I can’t stress this enough or repeat it enough, that he is the next lawful heir to Robert Baratheon. How can he be punished for that?

2.) While it’s obvious Tommen shares his sass with his mother, Tommen is more like Jaime than Cersei. Tommen actually thinks about things, even for a little kid.

“Yes, but I’m the king. Margaery says that everyone has to do what the king says. I want my white courser saddled on the morrow so Ser Loras can teach me how to joust. I want a kitten too, and I don’t want to eat beets.”

While this doesn’t seem too well thought out, the fact that he decided to square off against his mother simply because he’s king. He feels and knows that as king he should be able to have control. He thought out enough to use that to get what he wants; to joust. And then the little cute shit adds in a kitten and how he doesn’t want to eat beets. It’s more of a playful sass, more like how Jaime is. And like Jaime, he dreams of knighthood. Jaime didn’t want to be the heir for Tywin, granted for many different reasons. Tommen doesn’t want to be king. That’s Joffrey’s job.Tommen has it in his head that he’d be a knight like Jaime. And like Jaime, he knows when to be careful. In that same scene, he backs down slightly when Cersei seems to be getting angry with him.
3.) No beets. I don’t feel like I need to explain this too much. We should save anybody who wants to outlaw beets.
4.) Like Shireen, Tommen is super underrated. All we get of Tommen is everyone else experiencing him. We don’t know much of Tommen, outside of Ser Pounce, wanting to be a knight, no beets, and liking to stamp the royal seal. Like Shireen, Tommen hasn’t had a real chance to prove his worth but you can’t tell me he doesn’t have it. The little we see of him before Joffrey dies, he’s your average little boy. He suffers Joff’s torture, and isn’t really seen much. Once he becomes king, the poor kid is trying to play his own against Margaery and Cersei using him against each other. And to be fair, he does pretty well. He decides, as his wife, he should listen to Margaery and tries to make his mom listen to him regarding her.

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I could have went on to many more reasons but I feel these were the most broad and important reasons. It’s all fun and games, in the game of thrones (HA) but I adore these two so much that the thought of them no longer around and never having the potential to evolve actually frustrates me. The possibilities are endless with these two and I don’t think they get enough credit and definitely not enough storylines to prove their worth. And it’s great to sit here and discuss their potential and importance but I don’t think people are paying attention to this 50 Shades of Cray fanfiction D&D are producing. Not enough people are seeing the real potential of them killing off more (RIP Pyp and Grenn. RIP Gendry’s storyline. RIP SANSA/ALAYNE’S storyline. RIP Lady Stoneheart…etc) people that are fully alive. Show!Lovers can come out and scream about how it’s exciting and Book!Burners can scream about how D&D are setting up for us soon catching and passing where the books currently stand timewise. But until I have ink and paper proving these two are dead, and I am over here screaming about that not happening, I refuse to believe these two shouldn’t survive. That these two can’t play a role in the grand scheme of things.
Why do I feel the need to worry obsessively over their fates? Let’s take a quick look at how this show is handling their arcs and just point out everything we should be fearing for these two. (Remember Jojen!paste…yeah)
The thing with the show is we see them even less than we do in the books. Well that is until this mega fanfiction season. And that’s worrisome. When we first meet Tommen in the series, he’s this little kid rarely shown except for when the show wants some adorableness. When we first met Shireen, it was simply to teach Davos how to read. They kind of fall off the radar until D&D decide to fuck some shit up. Tommen comes back, aged, to become king. They completely revamp his storyline. Instead of being the cute baby who likes stamping things, he’s a teenager who is married to a hot piece of ass and getting laid. That’s problematic. Why age him and change his arc slightly? Especially since we are gearing away from the books. Are they going to kill him off too?
And then Shireen. Granted in her storyline she does involve her heading to the wall, but the focus on greyscale so much is slightly iffy. Granted we meet the Stone Men and Jon Connington and they have greyscale. But the fact that people are focusing on Shireen’s. Val and Gilly talk about how destructive it is. Val calls Shireen unclean and say she should be killed. It makes one suspicious about what they intend for her.
The real thing that scares me is how much D&D listen to fans when it comes to the show. And the fans aren’t very nice when talking about either of them.
“That young king Tommen Baratheon seriously needs to grow the f*ck up. Sies man! What a sorry excuse for a king.”(@SaneInTransit)
“As vicious a king as Joffrey was, i think we all agree that we would rather have him as king than Tommen Baratheon. (@OfficialP_Elago)
Recent events have shown that Tommen Baratheon is, in fact, the worst character in GoT. (@MuhammedRabiu_)
Psoriasis all over my face got me looking and feeling like Shireen Baratheon (@alohasarahjane)
I get this one isn’t terrible, but hella rude Who is Shireen Baratheon? the sister of the guy that got screwed up or (@DamianSommer)
My point here is, Tommen and Shireen haven’t been given an opportunity to be as fantastic as I know they can be and if we let them fall through the D&D cracks, we will never know. I mean, coming over to my side, you don’t have to eat beets. And I mean, I know you don’t want to eat beets.

The Slump of King’s Landing

~Guest post from the amazing Fraser~

Game of Thrones has come under a lot of criticism in its 4 and a bit seasons of air time. A lot of it warranted, some of it not so much. However, one thing that is rarely criticised (sorry Emilia you seem lovely) is the acting. You may be wondering where this is going. Just keep reading though. Or don’t. One of the many criticisms being levelled at season 5 of the epic fantasy drama is that King’s Landing is just a tad bit boring. I have some theories other than the writing is just shit that I would like to share. So I’m writing this.


As the capital of the Seven Kingdoms you’d expect King’s Landing to be the centre of the show. This hasn’t been the case. In season 5 it has seemed to be more of side plot or a throw away.  A Feast For Crows had large parts of it based in King’s Landing and isn’t this the book we are supposed to be on? Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4 saw huge parts of the story taking place in the capital, yet in the season where it should truly be the focus, it is not! This season has just lacked the spark it once had and it seems to be in large part due to the lack of strong characters in the capital. One thing King’s Landing has not lacked is fantastic actors. Sean Bean, Mark Addy (no matter what you think of Robert Baratheon), Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aiden Gillen, Conleth Hill, Peter Dinklage, Jack Gleeson, Sophie Turner, Pedro Pascal, Natalie Dormer, Rory McCann, and Diana Rigg. The show has received various acting nominations and Peter Dinklage has an Emmy and a Golden Globe to his name for playing Tyrion Lannister. That list just shows the depth of brilliant actors that have at one point in time been at King’s Landing.  Even Michelle Fairley chilled at Littlefinger’s brothel for a bit! David and Dan have had the ability to write scenes using two or three of these actors and just let it play out. No need for dragons, or magic demon babies. One of the strongest scenes of the first season was Robert and Cersei talking about their marriage. It wasn’t even from the books!! The illustrious array of actors available for the King’s Landing scenes has spoilt us as viewers and the people writing the scenes. Season 5 has lacked many of these actors in King’s Landing. We have the brilliant Lena Headey and Natalie Dormer as almost the ‘senior’ mainstays in King’s Landing in season 5 and both are brilliant at the roles they play, however the two of them are not able to carry the capital so to speak. In previous seasons dialogue between 2 characters in King’s Landing have been captivating and interesting and in the season where the meat of the story should be in King’s Landing, it is lacking. Mayhaps it is because of the writing or deviation from the books, but one thing remains clear: through 5 episodes, it has been lackluster at best. Nothing has really seemed to “happen.”


The first season saw most of the action play out in the capital, culminating in Ned Stark’s beheading (may the Old Gods rest his beautiful soul). Season 2 saw Cersei and Tyrion trying to take the reins and control Joffrey, culminating in the brilliant episode 9 ‘Blackwater’. Season 3, saw the scene stealing Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister and his interactions with many characters as he planned the death of our beloved KINGINDANORF/KINGOFDANORF and his lovely mother Catelyn. THREE GREAT SEASONS OF KING’S LANDING.  Season 4 was arguably the best season in terms of King’s Landing. Pedro Pascal waltzes seductively into the capital and goes toe to toe with all the great actors before he meets the Mountain (didn’t end too well for him though). Jack Gleeson’s time on the show sadly came to an end but with brilliant drama and acting of course. The trial of Tyrion was perhaps Peter Dinklage’s finest moments in front of a camera. In the final episode of season 4, the deaths of Tywin Lannister and Shae resulted in Tyrion and Varys both leaving the capital, the loss of 4 important characters in King’s Landing has certainly been felt.

s01e10-varys-and-littlefingerThe first 4 seasons saw a tour de force in King’s Landing. Season 5 has been more of a tour de damp squib. The re-arrival of Diana Rigg who was not originally going to be in season 5 for me shows that the show runners felt there was a need for more ‘heavyweights’ in the capital so to speak. With Aiden Gillen’s enigmatic Littlefinger re emerging from his helicopter or however he gets around Westeros nowadays it seems that the half season slump that King’s Landing might be ending. However the writing does certainly need to improve, but with more brilliant actors to work with this seems likely. Also the fact there is only 4 episodes left and something more interesting than Loras merely being arrested by the Westeros Baptist Church has to happen. This of course will happen, if you’ve read the books you have an idea of what is in store for Cersei, and I’m sure Lena Headey will put in a performance worthy of all of those who have done so before her in the capital, herself included.


It was only last night that we finally were able to see what Lena Headey and Natalie Dormer are capable of doing. They truly stole the episode with their powerful acting. And just in time too! The entire Kings Landing storyline was beginning to feel forced and stagnant. Now, with the  upcoming trials of Ser Loras Tyrell, Queen Margaery and the Queen Mother Cersei, we might finally get a glimpse of what we have to come expect after all of these years.