Burt Clegane, on 06 June 2012 - 07:44 AM, said:
We're not meant to empathise with Robb.
There is no logic. He is a boy who has just fallen in love. He didn't care about his responsibilities. It's daft, but that's just life.
"I don't want to marry the Frey girl."
Simple. So he didn't. It's a human trait. It was a youthful act of defiance. He's a King, why can't he do what he wants? He knows his parents didn't have the true love marriage that he feels he could have with Tulisa.
It's something that the vast majority of people watching the show will understand and empathise with.
Sheesh, how many times do I have to say this. Robb is the newly appointed teenage king of a large army trying to avenge the death of his father in a feudal society where more often than not brides and grooms are simply chosen for young men and women. We cannot empathise with this, because none of us thankfully live in such a society nowadays.
Yet you're telling me that we seemingly can and are supposed to empathise with Robb throwing his toys out of the pram and endangering tens of thousands of lives simply because he wants something? No. That is not something worth empathising with and it's not something Robb would do, especially given that this is a war he started to try and save/avenge the father whose character and honesty he revered.
Book Robb is a sympathetic character, and was also man enough to admit his mistakes (that isn't to say I don't think he loved Jeyne, I believe he did, but he clearly regretted deflowering her without her being wed, which is why he married her, and his conversations with Catelyn show that he did to an extent regret the decision he made, which alienated him from the Freys). Show Robb is a petulant child with a raging boner.
At this point I would fully support a Catelyn slapping Robb scene, and someone telling Robb that when the war is ended, he can spend a "gapyah" down in Dorne, where the women are just as exotic as Talisa and live in a society where women have more rights, so they're, like, totally empowered.
Edited by The Third Reed, 06 June 2012 - 09:04 AM.