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TWOW Preview Chapter Reaction

There will obviously be spoilers for The Winds of Winter below, thanks to this new chapter that GRRM has put on his website. It’s a game-changer, folks. 

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Anonymous asked: Now that you're back(and welcome back!), what did you think of GoT's take on the Red Wedding?

Thank you! 

Ah, the Red Wedding… I briefly touched on my biggest issue with it in this post, which is that I felt it prioritized shock value rather than the implications of the event itself. In the book, the RW was kind of brilliant because although it was a shock, it also made perfect sense. Rereading ACOK and ASOS, the foreshadowing leading up to it is incredibly blatant - Dany’s wolf king vision in the HotU, all those secretive letters Roose writes, Patchface’s rhymes, etc. The RW wasn’t a plot twist in the way that Ned’s death was; the RW was a very carefully planned maneuver that we all should have seen coming. 

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Anonymous asked: Where do you think Arya's storyline is going? I just finished reading the books and I'm so worried for her future and everyone always says there are little hints in her storyline that shes going to die...I'm just wondering what your thoughts are! :) I'm so sosos happy you're back!

Thank you :D I’m glad to be back! Even though I’m posting so sporadically, which I apologize for. 

I think that Arya is one of the few safe characters. GRRM has said that she’s one of his favorite characters, and that his wife has forbidden him from killing her off. I can see her dying a metaphorical death, though, if she hasn’t already; “Arya” is almost completely dead, replaced by the Faceless Man (Faceless Girl?) she has become. She can’t fully let go of her past, however, until everyone on her kill list is dead. 

So here’s where I see her storyline going: She becomes a full Faceless Man and makes her way to Westeros, either of her own volition or due to a contract she’s been assigned. At that point, I’m betting that several more people on her list will be dead of unrelated causes (the valonqar gets Cersei, Dunsen and Raff are killed on their way to Maidenpool, and either Ilyn or Meryn are poisoned by Tyene, which leaves one of them alive for Arya). Arya kills the remaining target, and with that can finally move on from her past grudges. 

For bonus points: She somehow encounters Sansa (maybe at King’s Landing, maybe in the Vale), but chooses to pass her by, making the conscious decision to leave House Stark behind. 

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Robert Baratheon’s Inbox

Robert Baratheon’s Inbox

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lavender-and-creme asked: How do you think the show will tackle the Tyrion/Shae situation. After the last trailer I've seen some discussion and wondered if you had any thoughts.

Most of the discussion I’ve seen has revolved around this shot of Shae looking rather suspicious as she reclines on Lannister-hued sheets. People seem to be pretty divided on it, but I do think there’s a very good chance that she’s in Tywin’s bed. Her face looks more startled than seductive, which doesn’t support the theory that she’s waiting in there for Tyrion. I’m guessing that he’s just walked into Tywin’s room on his way to escape the Red Keep. 

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Barristan Selmy’s Inbox

Barristan Selmy’s Inbox

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Jaime Lannister’s Inbox

Jaime Lannister’s Inbox

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Sansa Stark’s Inbox

Sansa Stark’s Inbox

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To be honest, the biggest problem I have with GOT in comparison to ASOIAF is that the show constantly goes for “shock factor” rather than genuinely good writing. 

They make Talisa pregnant solely for the sake of gutting her at the Red Wedding.

They develop Ros as a character because they wanted her murder to be a surprise. 

They reject Doreah’s previous characterization to throw in that betrayal plot twist.

They have Catelyn kill Walder’s wife instead of his grandson because I guess it’s easier to believe that Walder would react flippantly to the death of a wife rather than that of a grandson? 

They add in the scene of Joffrey forcing Ros to beat Daisy because… we apparently don’t know that he’s evil yet? 

They have Drogo unquestionably rape Daenerys on their wedding night, instead of waiting for her consent, because… of reasons? 

The vast majority of the violence against men on GOT is taken directly from the books (Theon’s torture, Renly’s death, Ned’s death, etc). But the vast majority of violence against women is invented for the show. Which is… weird, to say the least.