If you follow me on twitter, you know I watch Game of Thrones. Admittedly, my roommate and I watch it pretty casually: we call it Game of Boobs and every time there’s a scene with boobs we take a tea break. (We like to have a lot of tea breaks. And boy, we get a lot of tea breaks.)
I’ve read the books (BECAUSE I HAVE READ ALL BOOKS) though my roomie hasn’t. So I went in hoping Brienne would be amazing, and hoping as I still hope that she and Jaime would GET MARRIED and be TOGETHER 5EVA.
My engagement with Game of Thrones has really been stepped up this season, because I remembered how much I liked this, and the actors are killing it.
It was always going to be my kryptonite, because I love sass and also BRAVE LADIES!!! (I don’t know why, as I’m a total coward myself.)
I also love me some TROPE SUBVERSION. I have never met a trope I didn’t want to subvert.
So seeing the brave warrior clasp the swooning damsel, and having the brave warrior be a lady and the swooning damsel a dude, is something I very much enjoy. Hence my reblogging of these pictures.
And of course, it’s more complicated than that: the swooning damsel is a guy we’re introduced to as a VERY BAD MAN (which is true), and someone who has a lot of manly power—son of a powerful dude, awesome at fighting—and who becomes a stronger character for having many traditional markers of strength taken away from him.
So, the two things I love. 1) Trope subversions and 2) Complications.
I second everything said here.