This is brilliant. I love all the little symbolisms tucked in here and there, revealing each Lion’s connection to the story.
Lannister Happy Endings: AU in which all Lannisters are getting along great. Saturdaynight is family night and they all drink expensive Dornish wine and play games. Of course everyone cheats. Tyrion is the only one who bothers to read the instructions. Cersei is suspicious everyone is plotting against her. Jaime had no idea what he’s doing and just trolls the entire game. Myrcella outsmarts Tywin and Tommen just falls asleep dreaming about kittens. AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
Firelight gleamed golden in the stiff whiskers that framed Lord Tywin’s face. A vein pulsed in his neck, but he did not speak. And did not speak. And did not speak.
The strained silence went on until it was more than Jaime could endure. ‘Father…’ he began.
‘You are not my son.’ Lord Tywin turned his face away. ‘You say you are the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, and only that. Very well, ser. Go do your duty.’
Jonquil, flowers in her hair
Okay. Reasons that this scene is the best thing ever include but are by no means limited to:
- how well Maisie Williams is holding her own here, I mean here she is playing against this amazing veteran actor and she’s just bringing it
- the way this is like her fucked-up revenge fantasy of what she wishes her brother could do to the Lannisters
- but she’s already disillusioned enough to know it’s a fantasy
- because “anyone can be killed” is an implicit threat to Tywin but it’s also an acknowledgement of the fact that she or Robb or anyone else can bite it at any time
- (because apparently Arya has already read ASOIAF and knows how fucked they all are)
- and let’s talk about the fact that this kid just threatened Tywin Lannister
- TYWIN FUCKING LANNISTER
- whose own kids can barely look him in the face when they’re talking to him
- his kids who are grownups and have killed kings and won battles and run kingdoms are terrified of him
- and he looks at Arya and thinks “why aren’t my kids awesome like you”
- “you’re like five years old and you just threatened me, you little badass”
- (‘cause don’t think for a second that Tywin doesn’t get the subtext here)
- “why do my children have to be such cringing little asshats”
- (but of course Tywin is the one who made them into cringing little asshats.)
Sansa fed a piece of bacon to Lady under the table. The direwolf took it from her hand, as delicate as a queen.
Septa Mordane sniffed in disapproval. “A noble lady does not feed dogs at her table.”
→ a game of thrones
“Barristan Selmy lent honor to any man he served. Can anyone say the same of the Hound? You feed your dog bones under the table, you do not seat him beside you on the high bench.”
— tywin lannister → a game of thrones
Okay so there’s been way too much Catelyn Tully hate on my dash today.
I think people forget, in their rage over her treatment of the beloved Jon Snow, that the way she treats him is just how bastards are treated in Westeros. Take Cersei’s take on their relationship:
“I glimpsed him once at Winterfell,” the queen said, “though the Starks did their best to hide him. He looks very like his father.” Her husband’s by-blows had his look as well, though at least Robert had the grace to keep them out of sight. Once, after that sorry business with the cat, he had made some noises about bringing some baseborn daughter of his to court.
“Do as you please,” she’d told him, “but you may find that the city is not a healthy place for a growing girl.”
The bruise those words had won her had been hard to hide from Jaime, but they heard no more about the bastard girl. Catelyn Tully was a mouse, or she would have smothered this Jon Snow in his cradle. Instead, she’s left the filthy task to me.
You are now aware that Cersei would have smothered Jon Snow in his cradle just because he is a bastard.
Catelyn, on the other hand, is a nicer person. She let Jon live in her house and be raised side-by-side with her children. And she never once smothered him to death. Catelyn was actually above the bar for expected bastard treatment.
It’s okay for Catelyn not to like or approve of the personification of her husband’s unfaithfulness. Bastards have a stigma. Him even being in Winterfell was an affront to her honor in Westerosi society. It’s ridiculous to expect Catelyn to forget that. She didn’t owe Jon her love. It was Ned Stark’s fault for putting her and Jon Snow in that position, not hers for being unable to love him. A lot of modern mothers would have a serious problem with raising a kid their husband had with another woman while they were pregnant with their first child.
If she had lovingly raised Jon Snow, he wouldn’t be the same emo character that you love. She helped to create that sense of bitter emo rejection to him. You should appreciate her. It’s the same as appreciating Tywin Lannister for his part in giving his children interesting father issues.
It sounds like Catelyn can’t be likable unless she was some kind of perfect goddess mother, when it’s just the opposite. Her imperfections and mistakes make her an interesting and realistic character. Wanting her to love Jon Snow is missing the point - her despising him makes for a more interesting dynamic, and it makes both characters richer. Wanting her to be a perfect mother to her other children is missing the point - if she had perfectly protected her children, nothing bad would have happened to them in the story. And Rickon wouldn’t be half-rabid. It would be boring.
tl;dr: quit ragging on Catelyn, she’s a great character and the hate is unwarranted