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Television Tuesday :: it’s that time again!

8 Apr

I am overall content with the season four premiere of Game of Thrones.  Nothing egregiously confusing happened, and so far everything is still in a place where it could sort of wind up in more or less the place it needs to be?  Ish?  It’s hard because there are three sides of me at play: the person genuinely going “this is a well-made television program and the actors and technical crew do a nice job,” the social analyst going “okay I have to pay attention to what elements of this are problematic,” and the book fan going “time to notice every single thing that is different.”  So here is a list of things that I am content with in specific.

6.  Jon (Kit Harington) and his wildling accent
Did you notice that?  He killed with wildlings, ate with wildlings, traveled with wildings, lay with a wildling girl, and now he’s dropping his g’s like a wildling.  Linguistics!

5.  Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) and Ellaria (Indira Varma) being clearly bisexual
The book does mention their regular group sex endeavors, but I had been absolutely terrified that these were going to turn into “Oberyn bangs multiple people, one of whom is Ellaria” instead of “Oberyn and Ellaria bang multiple people.”  And when they went to Littlefinger’s brothel for said group sex endeavor, Ellaria kissed the girl and Oberyn was making advances on the boy.  (“So he’s gay and she’s a lesbian?” one of my friends asked.  “No!  Rampant bisexuality!” I shrieked gleefully.)  And said rampant bisexuality was then proved when Oberyn and Ellaria made out with each other a few seconds later.  Oberyn and Ellaria being bisexual is very important to me and so I’m glad that we got at least a glimpse of it (even though that girl prostitute probably didn’t need to be totally naked but still).

4.  The scene with Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)
The first trailer that showed Sansa upset and talking to Tyrion, saying that she lies awake thinking of what happened to her mother and Robb, made me very nervous.  Why, I wondered, would Sansa be confessing her feelings to Tyrion, except for the thing of how the television show likes to make Tyrion nicer than he is.  (I don’t dislike Tyrion, I think he’s very interesting, but the show has multiple times made him nicer or done things to make him seem better at the narrative expense of other characters, namely Sansa.)  “The only way this would be okay,” I said to my mother after we had watched this particular trailer three times in a row, “is if once she’s done saying that, she gets up and walks away, leaving him there.”  And, wouldn’t you know it?  That actually is what happened.  Sansa expressed her reasons for being upset and then left (“I don’t pray anymore.  [The Godswood is] the only place I can go where people don’t talk to me”).  And that was at least the best option at that point.

3.  Scenes with ladies.
Namely, ones that did not appear in the books specifically.  Dany (Emilia Clarke) asking Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) about Meereen (tangent not pertaining to just-ladies: was Daario implying that Grey Worm had a crush on Missandei??  I… think he was?  I am not going to say what I think the ideal outcome for this would be, because then it won’t happen).  Margaery (Natalie Dormer) both with Olenna (Diana Rigg) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie).  Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and… well, Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), who is a dude, but still.  I am perfectly okay with the addition of scenes like this.

2.  Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau)
Just… in general.  A+ jobs guys I was good with it.

1.  All!  The!  Exposition!
And backstory and what have you.  Oberyn talking to Tyrion about what happened in the past with Elia (as pertained to Rhaegar, as pertained to Gregor Clegane, as a catalyst for his vengeance-seeking, etcetra).  Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) reading from the book about the Kingsguard, mentioning things that hadn’t really been mentioned before but are good to know.  Lots of conversations here and there that pertained to either things that happened pre-show or previously in the show, making motivations and history quite clear.  That was so welcome and good.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Fashion Friday :: vintage-informed and slightly meta hipster.

31 Jan

olenna tyrell (diana rigg)

It’s time for another round of “use the excellent not-young/hipster woman’s wardrobe to inform what they younger/hipster version of her style might be, maybe,” this time featuring the excellent Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg).

on cloud shine dress (modcloth)

And by “inform,” I mean basically come up with something that is gold and blue, since there are not any more directly analogous items that I’m seeing to suit the Queen of Thorns.  On Cloud Shine Dress, ModCloth.

teal velvet bow/veil hat (etsy)

So hear me out.  I assume the coif was something that Olenna adopted later in life, and somewhat just because of Diana Rigg I’m slanting this hipster a bit more vintage/1960s.  So here is a teal velvet bow/veil hat found on Etsy.

boldly buckled belt in teal (modcloth)

And a belt.  Just… because.  This is me making up for the fact that the dress is more or less gold by itself.  Boldly Buckled Belt in Teal, ModCloth.

treasure stroll heel in champagne (modcloth)

And some classy little pumps, as suit.  Treasure Stroll Heel in Champagne, ModCloth.

earrings (etsy)

And bless her, Olenna’s probably going to be snarky about the gold roses, but here they are anyway.  Also from Etsy.

–your fangirl heroine.

i say we party

Television Tuesday :: additional rules for the Game of Thrones drinking game

21 May

Original rules found here.

Creating drinking games for ongoing things is fun: there’s always the possibility for more rules.  Of course, not all of these need to be used (considering how many rules there are going to be for this one, it’s pretty much necessary to pick your poison), though there’s also the possibility that each rule will only get hit on once or twice an episode, so really, it’s your call.  And obviously there are components that are specific to certain seasons/plotlines/episodes, but that’s another reason it’s so variable.

One drink when:

  • More repeated phrases.
    “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”
    “It is known.”
    Variants on Dany’s (Emilia Clarke) “I am only a young girl” speech.
    Etcetera.  I’m sure there are ones I’m blanking on at the moment.
  • One character is writing or speaking in High Valyrian and another character inquires about it or observes that yes, in fact that is High Valyrian.
  • One character makes a personal promise to another.  This does not include things like promising to harm opponents of some stripe or political promises or general promises to a group, but rather specific promises of a personal nature.  These are noted because of their frequent tragic lack of follow-through.  Including, but not limited to:
    Ned (Sean Bean) promising to tell Jon (Kit Harington) about his mom the next time they see each other.
    (Or Benjen [Joseph Mawle] promising to have a talk with Jon when he returns from beyond the Wall.)
    Really anything that Drogo (Jason Momoa) says to Dany about their child.
    Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Loras (Finn Jones) planning the Sansa/Loras wedding that wasn’t to be, really any of that can count.
    Robb (Richard Madden) promising Talisa (Oona Chaplin) that he’ll go to Volantis with her.
  • Really, it’s not just Cersei (Lena Headey) you can have a drink-along with.  Anyone is fair game, though Olenna (Diana Rigg) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) are also excellent candidates.

Competitive drinking categories (wherein each participant chooses certain characters/pairings that can count for a category and you see who gets hamsters fastest):

  • For characters: snark faces.  These can range anywhere from “you’ve got to be kidding” to “really?” to “bitch, please” to “oh, I am going to end you” to “ha ha, NOPE” to “I can’t believe words are still coming out of your mouth.”  And while really any character will make such a face at times, may I suggest particularly Cersei, Olenna, Ygritte (Rose Leslie), Shae (Sibel Kekilli), Arya (Maisie Williams), and Dany and any of the women who have been in her entourage (Irri [Amrita Acharia], Doreah [Roxanne McKee], Missandei [Nathalie Emmanuel]).  Actually… just of all the women.  Some of the dudes, too, but all of the women.
  • For pairings: longing gazes and/or subtext.  Considering how varyingly textual… well, most Game of Thrones pairings of choice are, and how many of the potential relationships that are expressed by paragraphs of musing and narration in the books are expressed by, well, gazes that are longing and/or flirtations and/or imploring and/or something else between either party, this is pretty easy.  (Even 100% textual couples do this sometimes, actually.)  As of the current season, Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) are the most obvious choice, though my lady-tinted glasses also suggest that Margaery and Sansa could work.  Also, these only count if they are mutual.  One character’s unreturned longing gazes at another are not part of this.

–your fangirl heroine.