Even though I no longer support the series, I still support Jaime x Brienne. The difference is, I no longer give a damn what the series does with them. These are not the characters I fell in love with and Sunday’s episode really brought to the fore all the different ways the show has changed their dynamic. I could get behind the interpretation of the characters in season 3 because I felt that at least the ‘spirit’ of who they were was preserved and I really loved how both actors had interpreted the characters on screen.
This season, however, I’ve felt something was ‘off’ about NCW’s performance from the get-go and there was something very wooden and juvenile about the way the first two episodes were written. I didn’t like the changes in timeline. I didn’t l like their interpretation of Arya or Tyrion or the Hound. And even though I’m a jaime x brienne shipper, I hated how they broke up Jaime x Cersei. I wasn’t impressed but I was willing to see where things were going. The third episode, however, just cinched it for me. I could no longer turn a blind eye to the problematic ways this show deals with sex and violence because the context for it was no longer there. It became painfully obvious that they weren’t including it for literary purposes or social commentary; it was there for shock value.
I’m very upset by this and I imagine, it will take some time for me to make my peace with it because they’re messing with a story and characters that I’ve been deeply invested in ever since I picked up the books back in 2007. It’s thrown shade on my ability to continue writing the j x b fic I’m working on too because all I can see in my mind’s eye as I try to write Jaime is a vision of his doppelganger wrestling Cersei to the floor of the sept. It’ll pass, I know, once I can mentally separate the association between show!Jaime and book!Jaime, but it will take some time because they’ve kind of become a ‘Blended Show/Book!Jaime’ sometime when I wasn’t looking. I need to put that character to rest and go back to the story’s roots. Unfortunately, it’s not something that can be rationalized. It’s something that must be felt.
I decided I’m going to go back and re-read the books this summer and re-connect with the canon material and as I do that, I’ll be posting my thoughts. If anyone’s interested, they can join me for a re-read (or a first read!) I wouldn’t mind the company and having someone to discuss the book material with.
As for HBOs Game of Thrones… Unless I hear about there being a miracle, that they’ve returned to the quality of acting, writing and directing that we saw in seasons 1-3, I won’t be bothering with it.
This makes me want to cry.
Same here, buddy. Same here.
it is time for age of empires and fejoa smoothies it is time
You look so much like a friend from college I had to make sure you weren’t her. Alas, she is not in New Zealand.
oh that’s really cool! doppelgangers are fun, I am sorry I’m not her though, it would be even better ~discovering~ an old friend on tumblr! But yes, new zealand since forever
me and jeff have some bits of matching hair but he has much worse breath than me
the number one thing about that change that bothers me is that i’m positive d&d did it to make cersei more sympathetic. because no woman would ever want sex while she’s grieving. no woman would ever want sex near her dead son. no woman would EVER WANT THAT. nevermind that in the book it’s obviously consensual, nevermind that in the books cersei’s love for joffrey comes mostly from the fact that he gives her power and the knowledge that if her children die, she’ll be next, nevermind that in the books cersei’s grief over joffrey’s death is only solaced by jaime’s penis. no woman could ever possibly have wanted that.
Yes because jaime would totally rape cersei
the jaime that felt sick at the sound of hearing rhaella targaryen raped
the jaime that also felt sick after he heard of ellia and her babies being brutally murdered
THE JAIME THAT GOT HIS HAND CUT OFF SAVING HIS FRIEND FROM BEING RAPED
THE JAIME THAT SAID HE WOULD RATHER DIE IF HE WAS A WOMAN THAN LET SOMEONE RAPE HIM
I’m not watching it anymore. I’m not putting myself through getting worked up about their fuck ups week after week
That’s probably a good idea, just the thought of watching this weeks episode makes me feel sick, I don’t want to know what actually watching it would do. I’m so sad. This is so horrible. Let’s just pretend the show never existed and we’re left with a different, character-true, kind of trauma.
[Bryan Fuller on Margot Verger] In the novel, she’s a very masculine character, who has had years of steroid abuse and is a lesbian, and it was unclear to me in the novel whether she was either transgender or a lesbian as a result of those horrible abuses and that horrible childhood and [Beat.] that’s not how transgenderism or homosexuality works. So I didn’t want to contribute to that misconception of what it is to be transgender or a gay woman.
remembering this manga I was really into for a long time called lovely complex and how the lead lady was real tall and the lead boy was real short and thinking about jaime and brienne because those kids belong in every romantic comedy sorta situation
although tbh jaime is risa (tall lady) and brienne is otani (short boy) as this gif very clearly demonstrates