So I came into season six of Game of Thrones pretty much like “well, I’m stuck here.” Because, in a way, I am. This show has done so many things that would make me ragequit another show (Sansa and Shireen last season being among them) but, because of my furious passion for the women and because it’s a thing I do With People and because I’ve committed to much of my energy and honestly my love to it, I can’t do that.
I’m going to grit my teeth and suffer for the small moments of beauty. Here are a few from the first two episodes.
5. The explanation that no man can lay with a dead Khal’s wife.
This is literally the lowest freaking bar possibly set. But considering that uh, this show and also Khals as a rule have a whole lot of rape, I was afraid that the Dany (Emilia Clarke) storyline this season would devolve into rape. At least it (probably) won’t, given this canonical rule.
4. Dolorus Edd (Ben Crompton).
I love badass Eeyore. That is all.
3. Asha-Yara (Gemma Whelan).
No, you guys, I don’t think you have any idea how excited I am about what’s to come with her (hopefully). On two fronts. And I’ve missed her.
2. Sand Snakes.
So my mom is on a message board, which led her to the conclusion that we are about the only people who’ve read the books who liked the bloody coup de grace that Ellaria (Indira Varma), Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers), Nymeria (Jessica Henwick), and Obara (Keisha Castle-Hughes) pulled. Then again, she used to lurk on a different message board, where we were the only ones who cared about Dorne at all. I keep telling her there’s a really easy way to explain this. Apparently it’s “not like the books” well, at this point the show isn’t. Apparently (according to my dad) they’re all evil because they murdered their uncle and that sweet little girl (I am still sad about Myrcella, but y’know) and that nice young man. They kinslayed, therefore they “have it coming.” My dad also thinks that Oberyn dying was his own fault and apparently doesn’t remember that the Lannisters were (as Ellaria explicitly pointed out?) responsible for the rape and murder of Oberyn and Doran’s sister, not to mention the deaths of said sister’s children. I don’t think that the Sand Snakes are evil. I think they got fed up with the fact that the person in charge was out of touch, wasn’t doing anything to seek rightful justice for his family, was just going to sit back and do nothing in general, and they took matters into their own hands in a way that was extreme but also my mom and I couldn’t stop grinning because oh my god and also (in my case) fuck the patriarchy a little bit. Also, I just love them and they’re beautiful.
I haven’t talked to my dad about episode two yet, but he sure didn’t walk into the room tonight when he got home from the gym and interrupt my mother’s and my conversation to tell us firmly that a certain Iron Islander kinslayer was evil and had it coming. Just saying.
1. Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie).
This scene was so beautiful my mom cried. This scene was so beautiful I made drift partner go find me gifs of it (because I’m afraid to go into GOT tags on tumblr). This scene made me so happy.
–your fangirl heroine.