thisfalconwhite said: Regarding Trystane being cast as Doran's "son and heir": I know you've mentioned that we need to be prepared for a lot of cuts for Feast/Dance. D&D know how it all ends, so they know what to cut. I love Arianne and Quentyn, but I honestly can't think of a reason that they are absolutely necessary to the overall story. I can't think of anything they've done that can't be shifted to another character on screen. It's been a while since I read Feast/Dance, so what are your thoughts on this?
IDK man, IDK. I mean, with regards to Trystane being written up as Doran’s “son and heir” (of a shyness that is criminally vulgar), PR is not canon, so there’s that. And Arianne could still come later, so there’s that too — keep in mind Doran wasn’t listed on the original casting sheet either.
So. I suppose you’re right that Arianne could be excised without doing much violence to the story, but I think that’s way less true of her than it is of Quentyn, the Vito Spatafore of Game of Thrones. If you cut Arianne you needs must make up a whole lot of Dornish stuff to replace it, presumably by beefing up Myrcella. As a substitution, that’s not exactly the disaster it’s being made out to be, I guess? I dunno, it’s a bummer, even though I think Arianne’s awesomeness has been greatly exaggerated in terms of presenting her as some kind of role model. Cool character, not so cool a role model. IDK, IDK.
This is not, in any way, a way I like to interact with art, I can tell you that much. I want to talk about a show, not an idea of a show months before the show airs.
Her being a role model is utterly immaterial. I would bet real money that pretty much nobody thinks very much in terms of how good a role model Jon Snow or Robb Stark are, people are allowed to find them strong, badass, awesome, admirable, etc, without vetting them for every possible angle of criticism first. Arianne is no political genius, but she’s confident, passionate, shows initiative, understands many flaws of Westerosi patriarchy and can criticise it without hating other women like Cersei does, and is also caring and capable of learning. Honestly that probably relates more to most audience members’ lives than whether or not she can successfully pull off political coups, something that has just about zero relevance to most people. She has flaws, sure, she’s rash and she is insecure and allows her insecurity to drive her to do rash things. She got in over her head, but she obviously has a good heart. People can find her awesome without having to justify it by proving she’s a role model. I don’t think we seriously have to be concerned that the female youth of America are recklessly endangering the lives of stupidly chivalrous guys and calling it Feminism. There’s plenty else, like her sex positivity, assertiveness, and sense of sisterhood.
flyingovertheearthatnight — um, do you mean to keep unfollowing and refollowing me, because your blog has nothing I want on it, so I’m not going to follow back at this point in time. If it’s just glitchy and you really mean to follow me that’s cool, but otherwise yeah.
Oh don’t mind me just sitting at my desk at work rubbing hand sanitizer on my EIGHT THOUSAND MOSQUITO BITES
I just realized I thought Misha Collins, John Barrowman, and Karl Urban were all vaguely the same actor.
- GRRM: Here's a highly intelligent, queer, sex positive woman of color in a position of real power as heiress to Dorne, who's POV is a major portion of the book and establishes her as a crucial character in the series, and on top of that is badass and sexy.
- David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: Okay but what about that kid brother she had? The one with no lines? Let's just cut Arianne, age him up, and make him heir to Dorne. Because our show just doesn't have enough sexism yet.
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i is for I like it when you take my breath away
n is for no one else takes my breath away
a is for asthma which is a disease that takes people’s breath away!