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Oberyn’s Inbox

Oberyn’s Inbox

So that scene in the finale between Cersei and Tywin showcased some great acting, even though all of Cersei’s lines were literally the exact opposite of her character in the book but okay whatever let’s just change her motivations and her entire personality and pretty much everything about her. 

Anonymous asked: I'm so glad you're back.

Thank you :D Even though I’m barely back because I post so infrequently, which I’m really sorry about! My next post will be a new inbox.

I also have a lot of thoughts about the finale…  


… so I’ll be posting something about that, too. 

Anonymous asked: Will you make another ASOIAF inbox? They are so hilarious!

Yes!!! I started a new job recently so I’ve been slammed schedule-wise. But now I’m on vacation, so I’ll have lots of free time! 

Anonymous asked: Lowgarden, i don't know if you've seen the episode yet but I was wondering what you thought about Oberyn's death. I've seen a lot of people state that it was dumb that oberyn lost because he was too prideful or cocky. and I'm not really sure if I agree with that? I think it was more his inability to let go of this 'perfect' vengeance for elia and her children [literally demanding gregor say her name]. which i guess could be pride but it doesn't really fit i think? What do you think?

I just finished watching it! And I wouldn’t really call Oberyn’s death the fault of pride. He didn’t seem to be gloating over Gregor, just ranting in anger in the same way he did in the book. I thought the fight was very true to his character. It was also true to GOT’s “make everything seem awesome until the very last minute” shock value formula, where the viewer was clearly intended to be strung along into thinking that Oberyn would win. So I understand why they wanted to make his defeat come out of nowhere. 

That head-crushing, though… That was painful :( 

Game of Thrones character w/ emojis (insp. by this and this)

prehistoricforrest asked: idk if anyone has addressed this question yet but I was going back through the books and I'm wondering why Jakken Haggar was in Kings landing in the first place, and how/why he was captured and put into the dungeons if he's a faceless man? Thoughts?

Oh, yes, there are actually some really interesting theories about that! 

Some background first: So, there’s this book called The Death of Dragons. In ADWD, Tyrion mentions that “the only surviving copy … was supposedly hidden away in a locked vault beneath the Citadel.” It’s pretty much accepted that Jaqen is the Alchemist who kills Pate in AFFC, and then later the Pate who Sam meets at the end of that same book. Pate was killed after giving the Alchemist the key to the Citadel: 

If I pick that up, I am a thief, he remembered thinking. The key was old and heavy, made of black iron; supposedly it opened every door at
the Citadel.

So it’s a solid theory that Jaqen’s entire purpose is the obtain The Death of Dragons, possibly so that the Faceless Men can use the instructions it offers to kill Dany’s dragons (it’s theorized, as well, that the FM are anti-Targaryen because the Valyrians were huge slavers and the FM are very anti-slavery). 

Now, as for why he was in KL and why he was en route to the Night’s Watch: 

  • "Jaqen H’ghar" could have been in the Black Cells for some reason or another. When he was removed to be transported to the Wall, a Faceless Man took his identity with the intention of getting to the Wall and assassinating someone there. 
  • Jaqen was actually arrested, maybe for murder, and couldn’t just magic his way out of his cell. So all he could do was wait. 
  • As a Faceless Man, he needed to kill someone in the Black Cells, so he allowed himself to be arrested and brought there. 
  • He’s Syrio and Ned and the Prince That Was Promised and also the real Aegon Targaryen. 

Personally, I think that Jaqen wanted to be brought to the Wall so that he could kill someone there, or even see if their library had a copy of The Death of Dragons. But then all that stuff at Harrenhal happened, so he cut his losses and headed out to the Citadel.