It can always get worse

Well, everyone, my depression has finally reached that “there’s no way I can just brain-hack my way out of this” stage, and I am seriously doing the cost-benefit analysis of finding a new doctor to do something about my poor fucked-up brain. Like, is it worth the stress to take time off work to see a medical professional who may or may not have the answers, or should I try some crunchy OTC shit and see if that helps first? And why is my HR manager never available? I need to talk with someone who acts like they care about me.

The work day was…bad, but I somehow managed to conduct myself better than my workplace deserves. I’m feeling a little better since I was able to end the workday and check Twitter on the way home. I have a partly-empty bottle of cheap-ass Argentinian Malbec, and I’m still doing my first re-watch of GoT Season 6, and tonight just happens to be the night for Episode 8. Which is fabulous timing, because NCW has a birthday today, and Gwen rose to the occasion. This is the sort of thing that lifts my mood:


I totally see you telling them to have babies, weirdo. Nik already has two kids. With his WIFE. Have some respect for the family he has.

In related news, we have a fan report of Gwen having recently flown to Belfast, along with Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont, silly) several weeks ahead of the expected start of filming. We’re fairly sure she and Iain don’t have any scenes together, but the point is Gwen is in Belfast already at the same time as another GoT actor and while it could be coincidence, they’re probably there because HBO summoned them for some GoT-related business. For Iain Glen, it’s probably a prosthetics fitting; Jorah’s greyscale is getting worse and Iain needs to have the right sort of crap fitted to his arm. For Gwen, I’d like to think she’s getting a new costume, but realistically? She’s probably not getting a new costume. The most likely thing is rehearsing for a fight scene or two. 

Last year, Gwen mentioned having spent 3 days shooting a scene of “vicious, up-close, thuggish fighting,” and I guessed two scenarios: Early season against Boltons to rescue Sansa and Theon, or mid-season against BWB in Riverlands. The first guess turned out to be correct. Now there’s still the BWB in the Riverlands. We don’t know for sure that Brienne will have a fight scene, and we don’t know for sure that the BWB will be antagonistic to her, but we do know that Brienne has had at least one fight scene in every season since she appeared on the show. We know she’s in Belfast now, and this would be a good time to have her rehearse for a big fight. 

Anyway, the particular GoT-related activity she’s conducting at the moment isn’t the point; the point is that she happens to be in the process of some GoT-related biz when she makes her Happy Birthday Tweet to Nikolaj. I have been rewarded for examining Gwen’s choices of Tweet emojis before. (I’m telling you, it’s about to get worse.) And with her b-day greetings to Nik, she uses: noisemaker, cake, theater masks, trophy, noisemaker, star, balloon, bells, gift box, bow, noisemakers. 

Look, I won’t go so far as to try to make sense of the sequence, or figure out some secret message in what all these emojis have in common. I told you it can always get worse. 

I’m just sayin’, the masks, trophy and star are not birthday-related.

It’s like…she has a script in front of her, and she wants Nik to know he can expect some great acting material in S7. Which means they’ll have some more scenes together. 

I am the biggest Dorknerd that ever Geeked.

Brienne’s family is deliberately under-described

Just this morning, I saw someone on a certain message board tell us “Tarth” is Welsh for “mist.” I checked with Google translate, and sure enough. There it is. Something tells me that was not an accident on GRRM’s part.

Some time ago, I went over what we know about Brienne’s family, and how much we don’t know. At the time, I wasn’t sure whether this shortage of information was a result of a lack of planning by GRRM, or whether he was keeping the Tarths deliberately mysterious.

The fact that their family name means “mist” should tell us a lot about that.

Before I go any further: I think it’s really weird that the books have been around this many years, and show has been running for this many years, and I’ve been following Watchers and Winter and the Wars and Politics peeps, and so much of the GoT cast, for this many months, and I’m only now finding out “Tarth” is a translation of “mist.” Surely someone should have mentioned this by now? Yet this is the first I’m hearing about it.

Still, that is what the name means. I’m bringing it up because it explains a lot about why there’s such a dearth of information on Brienne’s family, relative to what a significant character she is. We don’t know their motto. We don’t know anything about her mother. Her father’s been mentioned at least once every season on the show since Brienne appeared, yet we don’t know anything about him except his name, that Brienne is his only living child, and Blackfish seemed to think he was a good man. We know so little because GRRM has chosen to keep her family shrouded in mist for this long, and when he reveals more about her family, it’ll be significant.

 

In which we can’t always get what we want.

So, I think last night was the first time I watched a new episode of Game of Thrones while sober and healthy, and the result was that I could not sleep last night. Really could not sleep. May have lost consciousness for an hour and a half, but that’s a generous estimate. I’m now working, still in the middle of my first cup of coffee, and I may not be entirely coherent.

First off: everything that happened at Winterfell was fabulous.

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Kingslayer parallel, Cersei as Aerys

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Most of this information can be found in an older post, Book/Show Comparison 13, but I think it’s still relevant. Now that we’re far enough into Season 6 to see Lady Stoneheart is a non-presence in the show version, I think it’s worth taking a second look at the Kingslayer Parallel and what it suggests for the books.

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No longer a debate: Jaime and Brienne are a love story.

Somewhere between the fourth and fifth interviews I’ve seen Nikolaj give since Monday morning, a thought occurred to me today: this week is the time when the Jaime/Brienne relationship is a Confirmed Canon Romance. They’re no longer interested in being subtle, and they’re now talking to us clearly enough that we no longer have to argue over whether this is a romantic subplot or “just” a friendship between two knights.

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We all love the Riverlands Reunion

If you are not a Game of Thrones viewer, you have no idea what I’m talking about.

If you are a Game of Thrones viewer, you may understand why I’m still awake at this hour. I am still awake, I am drunk, I am exhausted, and I just uploaded ~200 screenshots (not even exaggerating) to Google Drive.

If you’re a Jaime/Brienne enthusiast, and you haven’t already seen the episode: get ready, because it is fucking LIT.

Was that a spoiler? Not really, I don’t think. Just take my word for it: this episode is fabulous and amazing for those of us who appreciate the magical perfection that is J/B.

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Let’s just assume I’m wrong about everything.

Back to my Game of Thrones posting.

I’m somewhat less fuzzy-headed today, and now that I’ve had some time, and read an interview with Clive Russell (dude who plays Blackfish), I realize I have no idea what I’m talking about regarding the Blackfish or the Brotherhood Without Banners. We have three episodes left in the season to show us what explains the BWB’s turn to terrorism and what goals the Blackfish has in mind.

More discombobulated thoughts below the jump.

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