fancasting meme - ten existing character’s older versions {1/10}: Arya Stark, no one

He smiled. “I know Lord Nestor, sweetling. Do you imagine I’d ever let him harm my daughter?” 

Friendly reminder that George R R Martin has this to say about Catelyn Stark


[One of the strongest female characters is Catelyn Stark, in my point of view.] Well, I wanted to make a strong mother character. The portrayal women in epic fantasy have been problematical for a long time. These books are largely written by men but women also read them in great, great numbers. And the women in fantasy tend to be very atypical women… They tend to be the woman warrior or the spunky princess who wouldn’t accept what her father lays down, and I have those archetypes in my books as well. However, with Catelyn there is something reset for the Eleanor of Aquitaine, the figure of the woman who accepted her role and functions with a narrow society and, nonetheless, achieves considerable influence and power and authority despite accepting the risks and limitations of this society. She is also a mother… Then, a tendency you can see in a lot of other fantasies is to kill the mother or to get her off the stage. She’s usually dead before the story opens… Nobody wants to hear about King Arthur’s mother and what she thought or what she was doing, so they get her off the stage and I wanted it too. And that’s Catelyn.

If someone could pass this onto the HBO production team…

The dwarf woman studied her with dim red eyes. “I see you,” she whispered. “I see you, wolf child. Blood child. I thought it was the lord who smelled of death …” She began to sob, her little body shaking. “You are cruel to come to my hill, cruel. I gorged on grief at Summerhall, I need none of yours. Begone from here, dark heart. Begone!”
A Storm of Swords / A Song of Ice and Fire

- Quote requested by meerareed

        ➺aSoIaF characters: Catelyn Stark

I want to be comforted. I’m so tired of being strong. I want to be foolish and frightened for once. Just for a small while, that’s all… a day… an hour.


Day 21: Favourite ASoS POV 


I know that people often say “what about Bran!” and “what about Rickon!” when talking about Sansa’s apparent inability to inherit the North. Supposing that they come back (not convinced about Bran, but always a possibility)… would Bran or Rickon want to be Lord of Winterfell/King in the North. They would still both be children, essentially. Bran perhaps Robb’s age and Rickon still a child. Neither would have been raised with the thought of them inheriting—Bran is now coalescing with a tree and Rickon raised by wildlings with no concept/regard to the Westerosi power structure, and will only be treated as heir if (and that’s an if, there) Davos can get his hands on him and decides that Rickon is salvageable. 

If they come back on their own free will, it may be in support of Sansa. Bran now has insider information on the events surrounding the beginning of the end of the Targaryens to the present, and is being taught to meddle and question the power structure. I think he’ll have also realized that he could have more power outside the political realm—his storyline is, after all, tied to the magical plot whereas Sansa’s is, at the moment, strictly political. Rickon also is tied to the mystical elements of the North, cannot read or write, and has no concept of ruling or governance and should not by any means be allowed to have power over thousands of people. 

Which I guess boils down to: if these two boys do not have the means of securing political power, and will not want, will they return or be returned? And if they are, will they support their sister? 

At the moment neither seems like they particularly wish like they want power within a feudal system. Neither was born to it (then again, neither was Sansa, however she aspired to be Queen, the most powerful—politically—woman in Westeros, whether she recognized it as such at the time is debatable) and neither was raised or given a skill set to do it. 

Both are, however, gaining information that women are just as capable as men. In his greendreams, Bran sees the Knight of the Laughing Tree (probably Lyanna) and the She-wolves of Winterfell during the Regency. Rickon is being looked after by Osha, who as a wildling has significantly less internalized misogyny and does not conceive of patriarchy as a political system as the “natural order of things.” They do (as far as Bran is concerned) retain their identity as lesser sons of House Stark. 

Adding in the anarchy that will soon arise with the invasion of the Others in the North and the greyscale plague in the South and the motherfucking DRAGONS PEOPLE and a female Queen coming to Westeros—

We may be looking at a woman king for the North. 

Essentially, stop holding onto old political systems when playing the Game of Thrones. Politics and systems of inheritance when you account for variables like starvation, lack of physical security, and invading force, plague, and DRAGONS. Men will not care who gives them food and arms. 

Sansa can be Queen in the North or Lady of Winterfell while Bran and Rickon live, especially if they (and they could, as we’re seeing) support her position as heir. A Song of Ice and Fire is about deconstructing medieval fantasy tropes, and there are going to be massive shake-ups and game-changers (pun intended) and I’m thinking the “divine right of kings” and the patriarchy are not necessarily going to survive them.