The Commentator Posted July 22, 2022 Share Posted July 22, 2022 On 7/19/2022 at 10:34 AM, Lissasalayaya said: Dany doesn't trust Illyrio. She's skeptical of his intentions and motivations. Tyrion doesn't trust Illyrio. Tywin has contempt for Illyrio. Illyrio is portrayed as a fat greedy slavedriving cheesmonger with greasy hands who was tempted to have sex with a thirteen year old Daenerys. Then in ADWD we learn about his backstory as a fighting slave, hear about his wife and see his affection for her memory, see his fatherly affection for Young Griff, and he strongly suggests that his motivations are ultimately deeply personal and more important to him than money. Illyrio is no saint, but the only way this arc makes sense is if it's moving toward the revelation that Illyrio is, in some way or another, the genuine artifact. Whatever the deepest desire of his heart turns out to really be, narratively it has to be aimed at the good. I suspect he's working against slavery. For example, there's a noteworthy contrast between Dany's thoughts in AGOT about Illyrio's servants being slaves in truth, versus Illyrio's servant cooks stepping onto the stage in ADWD hundreds of pounds overweight. The commentary is on Dany's and our filppant abuses of the word slave. Daenerys, Tyrion, and Tywin are three of the most intelligent people around. Illyrio is not trustworthy if they have come to that conclusion. He’s a Blackfyre backer. His son was going to inherit from Viserys III because the king was most probably a sterile man. Rondo and Targaryen_Fangirl 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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