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Game of...Thrones?

"I haven't seen anything, but I really like that one girl's face." -- Kat Dennings on the above show, also summing up my response to the series

As I've mentioned before, don't watch it. Will never watch it because I'm not here for nudity (listen, if network television can create thousands of hours' worth of amazing shows without it, you can never convince me it is ~desperately necessary for the story~. Obvs. your story kinda sucks). Not unless they sell it to syndication on a local broadcast network and edit the bejeezus out of it, Sex and the City-style. But somehow this year, in all the time I'm not watching actual TV, I have found myself with GoT information, pictures, discussion and .gifs being thrown at me everywhere I go on the internet. I have absorbed a frightening amount of information and opinions about it, and now I apparently have some of my own opinions despite having only seen five minutes of actual footage.

Basically, I'm mixing one part ONTD/Fandom March Madness commentary and one part dollsome & friends commentary with two parts Tumblr imagery to concoct my own stories about people whose faces I like. And by "stories" I don't really mean tangible plots so much as just a general sense of characters and how much/why I like them. Every so often I beef it up by reading wikia pages. There is no such thing as a "spoiler" in my world, only "encyclopedias of helpful information," similar to reading a semi-detailed synopsis of a classic novel before you attempt to read it.

Rule #1 on this series is apparently "don't get attached to anyone, because they WILL get murdered and die." (I like the cadence of that phrase, don't point out its redundancy). To that end, I've made sure to find out every time someone dies so that I will know never to bond with them. So far, it's worked; I don't care about anybody dead except one poor direwolf. Unfortunately, that hasn't worked so well for all the characters who are still alive but won't necessarily be forever. I have attachments! To that end, I'm partially copy-pasting from a comment I posted on dollsome's journal in response to her call for a top-10 list of characters, which is when I first realized the extent to which I knew about this show.

1. Sansa (all the reasons she was nominated in fandom march madness. I must have read hundreds, and near as I can determine she is flawless in addition to being gorgeous).

I feel like I could probably actually watch all of her scenes, if I were so inclined, since the actress is apparently not old enough for nude scenes. But then that might lead to getting attached to the show, and just, no thank you. But she strikes me as quiet and very clever and sophisticated and possibly the only full Stark whose past or present existence is relevant, because my sense is that she's smarter than everyone in her family. (honestly, they all just seem kind of dumb to me and I don't know why)

I have gathered that she's stuck in a bad/isolating situation, but keeping her head down and working behind the scenes keeps her safe and lets her work out her own advantages. She seems to have a few people in her corner, which helps. She seems like a super-strong character whom I nevertheless want to rush in and protect from all the bad/awful things. FMM liked to use the phrase "my queen" a lot. That's how I see her, but extra-literally. "Queenly" is an accurate term in all respects.

2. Jon Snow (knowledge [initially] limited to MY THAT IS SOME MIGHTY FINE HAIR and that one gifset + "you know nothing, Jon Snow," which is why I physically cannot help saying his full name every time)

The first two things are still relevant as to why I adore him, but in the course of writing the comment it dawned on me that I had also recently taken a fancy to someone who turned out to be...

3. Ygritte, based mainly on a "girls see more blood than boys" gifset and then confirming that she's responsible for the "you know nothing" line I had only read out of context. So now they are a two-part package. The actual entire reason I am writing this post is to inform you that I looked her up on the wikia and my response became OH WHOOPS NOW I HAVE AN OTP FOR A SHOW I DON'T WATCH.

Besides the fact that he is super attractive and she reminds me of Emma Stone in both face and assumed personality, it says there is a whole bunch of captor/captive stuff, which apparently is one of my favorite things in this kind of setting, and full of snarky banter from beginning to end. She is younger than expected and the line "she furthermore mocks Jon's sexual inexperience" made me cackle with glee (since I get to choose my own story, I choose to believe she is mocking something true or close to it), both of which got me all on board.

Aaaaand then I scrolled down to the photos and ARE YOU SERIOUS? THIS IS A THING THAT HAPPENS?? *throws up hands* Wish fulfillment achieved. Also, having thoroughly read the progression of their relationship later on (I wasn't even sure it was ever canon at first, so A++), I thoroughly approve as long as I don't have to read/see details. [edit: GOD DAMN IT TUMBLR. I ask you for one thing...] Despite implications of some sadness. (That went away upon finding .gifs of her shooting him full of arrows while he gallops away on his horse. Now I'm just giggling despite all the heartbreak apparently right before that)

As a precaution, I hopped over to the crystal ball, a/k/a the A Song of Ice and Fire wikia to see what has since happened to them in the books.[book spoiler, and yes I am too lazy to tell which one]
"Ygritte is killed, mortally wounded by an arrow. Jon finds her on the battlefield, where she dies in his arms."
b) Well, all things considered, if you're going to kill her that's the ideal way to end it. Death approved. Grudgingly.
c) Now I am going back to my snarky-bantering daydreams where I slowly make feelings way more serious than they probably ever are. Neither wikia gets real detailed in the feels department, and I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed. Because Tumblr is making me cautiously hopeful here, I have to say.

[clicky, Future Me!]He found Ygritte sprawled across a patch of old snow beneath the Lord Commander’s Tower, with an arrow between her breasts. The ice crystals had settled over her face, and in the moonlight it looked as though she wore a glittering silver mask.
The arrow was black, Jon saw, but it was fletched with white duck feathers. Not mine, he told himself, not one of mine. But he felt as if it were.
When he knelt in the snow beside her, her eyes opened. “Jon Snow,” she said, very softly. It sounded as though the arrow had found a lung. “Is this a proper castle now? Not just a tower?”
“It is.” Jon took her hand.
“Good,” she whispered. “I wanted t’ see one proper castle, before… before I…”
“You’ll see a hundred castles,” he promised her. “The battle’s done. Maester Aemon will see to you.” He touched her hair. “You’re kissed by the fire, remember? Lucky. It will take more than an arrow to kill you. Aemon will draw it out and patch you up, and we’ll get you some milk of the poppy for the pain.”
She just smiled at that. “D’you remember that cave? We should have stayed in that cave. I told you so.”
“We’ll go back to the cave,” he said. “You’re not going to die, Ygritte. You’re not.”
“Oh.” Ygritte cupped his cheek with her hand. “You know nothing, Jon Snow,” she sighed, dying.

...you know, I am pretty sidetracked by the "Ygritte" tag on Tumblr sharing a wealth of delightful imagery and information with me right now, so I think I might have to table my few mentions of other characters and just delight all over the place in my Shiny New Ship. I'm two steps away from surrendering to fanvids unless YouTube has actual clips available.

Update: YOUTUBE HAS ACTUAL CLIPS AVAILABLE. For the record: my first exposure here is 3x07 with all the fat trimmed out. Wow, I was somehow not prepared for accents on this despite blatant reference to them in text. His isn't too far off, actually, but hers is going to take some getting used to.

Other thoughts:
-haha, oh  good, I was hoping I'd get to hear that infamous/overused line. Though I will continue quoting it in my totally flat American accent.
-AUGH LANGUAGE WHY this show is the worst
-oh my god this guy is so creepy. I am tolerating him solely because she just nodded in response to "you love him?" and I assume everything is a trap or a trick on this show*, but my little shipper heart is all !!!!!
*I remember your lies, Lost
-My favorite part of looking at gifs on Tumblr first is that it's like seeing something for the first time twice. You have the initial squee, but when you finally see them in video form, with sound and uninterrupted and usually longer, it totally throws you for a loop. FOR INSTANCE, THIS.

-*barges on to 3x10 ending* Well. That hurt, but the good kind of hurt, all angst and tugging of the heartstrings. Maybe because I don't know all the backstory exactly how much there was to lose, and this will be another Criminal Minds let-me-eat-my-words thing, but for now I like it. Not least because two hours ago I was not 100% certain they weren't just casually hooking up, and now I'm being slain to a degree I did not know I could still feel for new couples. I've been taking what Revolution occasionally offers and going, "This is nice, I guess," but wow, this is what chemistry is supposed to do to you.

-Just realized I forgot to finish the 3x07 video first. WELL HELLO ENDING.

-3x09 betrayal. I'm getting a slightly clearer sense of the backstory now, but you know, I'm pretty much still okay with it as far as a storytelling device and magnificent face acting.

But now I am going to take a break and go back to making up happy/silly stories. I haven't even tried to tap into fanfic yet. I bet that's fun.


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Jun. 16th, 2013 09:17 am (UTC)
I am way too tired to even make sentences work right now, but OH MY GOD, I LOVE THIS POST. AND YGRITTE!
Jun. 16th, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)
SHE IS SO INTENSELY DELIGHTFUL. Every time she speaks (or possibly just has an expression) I love her more.
Jun. 16th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
RIGHT?!?! Best response! They really struck gold with that actress -- I liked Ygritte in the books, but on the show I am just starry-eyed ENCHANTED by her. Also, she was on Downton Abbey, so I am all Rose Leslie appreciation all the time. :D
Jun. 16th, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
Will never watch it because I'm not here for nudity (listen, if network television can create thousands of hours' worth of amazing shows without it, you can never convince me it is ~desperately necessary for the story~. Obvs. your story kinda sucks).

I LOVE THIS SENTENCE SO MUCH/YOU FOR WRITING IT, THIS IS HOW I'VE FELT ABOUT TV FOR YEARS. If you have to use nudity to illicit reactions from your viewers, no matter what emotion you're aiming for, then clearly you're just lazy/bad at writing.

With GoT I grudgingly put up with it, and the misogyny against women/racism, because A) this show is addictive as fuck, B) I'm powerless to resist zombies and dragons, and most importantly C) they very ironically have some of the best, most complex and strong and badass female characters on TV.

Ygritte is one of my top faves, I love her so much. Her face, that accent, the snarky badassitude... BEST. (Jon Snow however can fuck off and die with his stupid L'Oreal hair now that he betrayed her. Thxbai Jon, Ygritte is too good for you, I love her more than I shipped you/her.)
Sansa is sweet, I don't think she's quite as smart as you credit her with but I do think she's probably one of the smartest Starks (not really saying much though tbh, they're all pretty dense!).

But, ladies you're missing out on and should be admiring from afar/Tumblr at the very least:
1. Margaery, basically the in-control, manipulating (yet still somehow sweet and likable) version of Sansa. One of my two favorite non-warrior ladies along with:
2. Olenna, Queen of Thorns, badass grandma of Margaery and pragmatic, sassy old lady/sayer of things like:

3. Brienne, lady-knight in a world where there are no lady-knights (and more of a knight than most male knights).
4. Arya, tiny tomboy younger sister of Sansa, losing her tiny mind from continually seeing her family members killed before her eyes and becoming a tiny badass assassin hellbent on revenge.
5. Dany (if you've been on Tumblr and not come across HER then I don't believe you've been on Tumblr. Or the internet.)

Plus: Cersei, Yara, Osha, Shae, Catelyn... Basically there's very few women on this show who aren't badass, I guess.
Sorry for the essay but this show makes me wordy, both in terms of praise and criticism. It's a complicated show.
Jun. 17th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
his stupid L'Oreal hair! omg that is fantastic. Good to know he's apparently entirely the one at fault (...right?).

Yeah, I meant this post to be much longer, and Dany was definitely the next one on the list. Arya & Brienne were due for mentions as well. I don't know much about Margarey but I think she falls under the "I like her face" rule. My sense is that she spends a fair amount of time with Sansa...is that right, and if so, how so?

Olenna is a brand-new name and face to me, but that gif is cracking me up. Cersei...I have to say I've got a lot of side eye going on for this incestuous-relationship stuff I'm reading about plus the fact that every time I see her she looks evil. Wicked Queen style, where I imagine her sending out huntsmen to cut out girls' hearts.

There is definitely a strong ALL LADIES, ALL THE TIME theme in my material absorption, but I could never tell if that was just because Tumblr always gravitates toward ladies or if this show actually had such a strong showing. Sounds like the latter, which is neat. Despite some overt problems.
Jun. 17th, 2013 11:34 am (UTC)
Yeah pretty much, he got captured by the wildlings (which is Ygritte's people) and then faked joining their side to survive + spy on them for his people, so ... it's a bit murky there, but he basically chose his people (who are idiots) and his oath (which is stupid) over her. Meanwhile she didn't do anything wrong, so yeah, I blame him. And his stupid floppy hair.

Okay good, I would hate for you to miss out on those ladies.
And YES, Margaery spends a lot of time with Sansa, they sort of become best friends and Margaery is like her big sister/mentor, it's really sweet.

Olenna is fabulous, she only showed up this season but instantly became my fave. Go, Tumblr her, and watch as she snaps at poor unsuspecting waiter boys and hilariously recounts the incestuous mess of marriages and how that makes everyone each other's uncle/cousin/stepdad/daughter-in-law. XD

I disliked Cersei for the longest time, but she finally won me over, partly because of her "fuck this mess, more wine plx" attitude and because she keeps being handed off like a bargaining chip and her father is the WORST, and partly because I watched The Borgias and got a new, slightly more accepting view on incest. (It's still gross, in general, but it's basically impossible to watch The Borgias and not atleast at some point go "awww, Cesare/Lucretzia <3".) I mean, she's definitely not a white hat, good person by any means (she encourages her brother to kill a 10 year old for catching them in the act so I could definitely see her sending out huntsmen!), but she's a fascinating/complex/entertaining character. The show has many pure-hearted, noble ladies, I just like seeing the whole spectrum, I don't just want strong and good women, I want complex ones as well. Like that Elementary quote, "as if men had a monopoly on murder".

Yeah, as much as Tumblr tends to go "YAY FEMALES", it's actually not much of an exaggeration in GoT's case. There's basically a female character for every taste and mood, it's just such a shame the show is being run by 13 year old boys who go "hey you know what this scene needs? BOOBS!" every other episode. :/

Jun. 16th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
I think you might find this video on the subject amusing:


I've never seen the show, nor have I read any of George R.R. Martin's books, but I can understand the sentiment expressed in the video quite well.
Jun. 17th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Heh, that's quite a catchy folk tune. With accurate sentiment!
[edit: I CAN'T STOP PLAYING IT WHAT HAVE YOU DONE. Literally addicted from the beginning of the second play.]

Edited at 2013-06-17 02:55 am (UTC)
Jun. 17th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's a good thing I haven't told you about Rachel Bloom's little ode to Ray Bradbury.
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