The Bard of Banefort Posted September 13, 2022 Share Posted September 13, 2022 1 hour ago, Lord Varys said: Not really, since lords are not kings (and Tyrion never was Tywin's heir, anyway), and we don't know whether Robert would have believed the story about Cersei's children (the Realm doesn't believe Stannis' little tale), nor how he would have ruled on his succession had he believed it (he could have kept Joffrey as heir, anyway, he could have named Stannis or Renly or one of his bastards instead). In his last will Robert reaffirms Joffrey as his heir. It is Ned who forges it and who goes against it, trying to crown a man Robert hadn't named his heir. And may not have named his heir because he didn't want him to rule. Ned had some reason to believe Robert may have changed the succession had he known about the twincest. But King Viserys I made it crystal clear that he wouldn't change the succession, so what happens there is treason. We can be reasonably sure that this is not how men in this world think of girls/young men, never mind if they are princesses or not. They are not seen as people with power, not even Queen Alicent is. If there were examples of royal women destroying Kingsguard in this manner such a thing might figure into Criston's decision-making process. But there is nothing of that sort there. If you have no reason to think the other party has power over you in this regard you that kind of thing doesn't figure into it. Otto has a clear motive to destroy Rhaenyra. Criston Cole does not. Rhaenyra made him a KG, so him reporting on her would be seen as more likely true than false. Folks may even be inclined to believe him even if he told a lie. This is kind of an interesting condundrum there for the writers since Mr. Crown really acts like a moron there. A good plotter would have used another piece to inform Viserys about what had transpired. And there is an obvious piece right there - Queen Alicent, the one person Viserys could not, you know, fire. Not to mention the possibility of arranging a larger scandal by leaking the whole thing to the public in a convincing fashion which might eventually force the king to do something about it. Rhaenyra clearly got turned on by watching people having sex. She was not reading a book. She got horny and she wanted sex. The director should present the point of view of a horny woman desiring sex, not explore how women like to get horny by themselves. If it turns out that Criston was just a meaningless fling for her then the whole thing is definitely too focused on his pleasure, and treating the whole thing too tenderly. Although I guess Rhaenyra might actually have considerable feelings for her in light of the way she greeted him when he showed up the next morning. By the way - kind of ridiculous how Rhaenyra actually dresses herself. If they have chamber maids in Downton Abbey why does Rhaenyra Targaryen have to dress herself? What comes next? Is Alicent going to cook a meal for Viserys? It was also bordering on the inappropriate to have her clean him. There are servants for that kind of thing, too, servants much more qualified in that kind of work than Viserys' young wife. They should have little to no privacy there, being surrounded by servants 24/7. It is good to see how large the court is and how many people are standing around often enough, but there are also letdowns there. I guess it will mostly revolve around him breaking his vows and coming up with the idea that this can only be mended if they marry. Because he cannot look at himself in the mirror and admit to himself that he would break his vows so easily if it wasn't 'the love his life' or 'leading to marriage'. You can drop that whole 'little girl' thing there. George is so ridiculously incompetent with numbers and children that you cannot take much of that seriously. Joffrey Velaryon is three when he challenges Aemond over a dragon. That is ... just beyond anything that's even remotely realistic. And nothing in the world forced him to place this event - or the death of Laena and Laenor Velaryon in the year 120 AC. Thus Criston Cole is likely not supposed to be a semi-pedophile who started to lust after Rhaenyra the moment he set eyes on 'the Realm's Delight'. And the same goes for Daemon. And nobody groomed anyone there, either. If Daemon/Criston ended up getting the hots for Rhaenyra it would have been because she developed into the most beautiful woman at court. The book guy still seems to be more sinister, especially since the author never bothered fleshing out whatever good things he may have done. Like Daemon, he comes across as mostly an ass, starting a war, arranging assassinations and pushing for further escalation. Considering what he did it reads unintentionally funny when he tries to negotiate with the Riverlords and Winter Wolves. As if anyone on Rhaenyra's side would show mercy to this guy after what he pulled. It is big difference between the US and most European countries that silliness like companies regulating the private lives of their employees is actually constitutionally forbidden. Your love life and your sexual organs are your own, meaning you can fuck whoever you work with if you are an adult. If such relationships do interfere with your work or that of your co-workers measures can be taken. But nobody can force you to end a sexual or romantic relationship, much less, of course, a marriage. Yes, Rhaenyra was turned on watching people have sex. But this is a TV show, and viewers know they’re watching a TV show, and they’re looking for a better presentation than just two bodies pushing against each other. Take the sex scene between Rhaenyra and Criston, for instance—she’s never had sex and he’s been celibate for years. In real life, it would have been a lot more awkward and imperfect, but that’s not what viewers want to see. Which aspects a director chooses to focus on says a lot, and the focus on their faces, hands, hair, etc. is more typical of a female director than a male one. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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