Tony the smiling cutie and EVil makes funny faces!
EVERY STUPID LITTLE THING except the outcome??
HE ISN’T SUPPOSED TO BE THERE. THE WHOLE POINT IS THAT IT HAPPENED WITHOUT JAIME BEING THERE
AND CERSEI BLAMING JAIME FOR NOT BEING THERE WHEN SHE NEEDED HIM MOST
while there’s not much he could have done CAUSE HE WASN’T THERE
but now he IS present??? AND WHATEVER HE DOES ITS GONNA MAKE HIM LOOK STUPID??? cause if he does nothing it will be dumb cause he’s lord commander HE HAS TO PROTECT THE KING ITS HIS FUCKING JOB HE’S STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM HE’S THERE HE’S PRESENT HE’S ABLE TO DO SOMETHING
and if he DOES do something it will even be dumber cause he WASNT EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE THERE THIS IS NOT HIS SCENE/PLOT/STORY
this is cersei’s grief and cersei’s trauma and something she had to go through ALONE
WITHOUT JAIME BEING PRESENT
its about jaime just storming in afterwards like lolllllll what do i care lets make another one DID U SEE THIS [shoves stump in face] LETS TALK ABOUT MY HAND
i don’t see how the show will make up for that?
- it means altar sex scene had to change drastically (which it does cause what the FUCK is that ‘ohhh why have the gods made a helpless creature like me fall in love with an evil vagina’ SINCE WHEN DOES JAIME BLAME THE GODS ANYWAY, SINCE WHEN IS HE THAT VIOLENT WITH CERSEI WHAT HAPPENED TO ‘I CROSSED A THOUSAND LEAGUES TO COME TO YOU DONT TELL ME TO LEAVE’)
- IT DISMISSES CERSEI’S TRAUMA OF WHAT HAPPENED, ITS IMPORTANT, ITS SOMETHING SHE CANT FORGIVE HIM and now they turned that into ‘im mad bc you left me’ ITS NOT THE SAME, THEY SPENT HALF THEIR LIVES APART FROM EACH OTHER, WHAT MATTERS IS THAT HE WASNT THERE AT THAT PARTICULAR MOMENT
- it means jaime and brienne will see sansa before she escapes while the whole tragic point of brienne’s storyline was imo that she’s searching for someone she has NEVER EVEN SEEN and probably won’t recognize if she met alayne (dont even get me started on brienne looking for arya instead my mind is not even willing to accept that)
- AT LEAST WE GET JAIME/JOFFREY SCENES
it makes ZERO sense
I was talking with my co-workers today about THIS!
I’ve always wondered if Oliver Wood was created for the sole purpose of innuendo. Even his name is an innuendo. And gets even better when you realize the actor’s name is Sean Biggerstaff.
Book Ron was an interesting, attractive and relatable character, and I feel that the movies really unfairly relegated him to the position of comic relief. The dynamics of the trio had to be simplified into hero + heroine + mascot, and that robbed us of a truly fascinating character. So here are a few things you should remember:
1. He really is poor and it matters. HP may have huge issues when it comes to representations of race and sexuality, but deserves a round of applause for having a character come from a low-income background, with the fact of their poverty not glossed over but made into a plot point. JKR is really consistent about this – about the things Ron eats and wears and buys and doesn’t buy, the way he reacts when Harry unwittingly flaunts his own wealth. Poorer kids who have to go without brand name clothes will see themselves in Ron, and richer kids will learn that poverty isn’t something you deserve. Kids who empathize with Ron because he can’t afford to replace a broken wand are less likely to grow up to be assholes who complain about the extravagant lifestyle of people on welfare.
2. He has knowledge about the world. Out of the trio, he is the only real insider in wizarding society. Hermione is the one who knows magical theory and basically everything that can be found in a library. But when it comes to wizarding society and all of its habits, rules and unspoken assumptions, he is the one who can fill the other two in. Throughout the course of the septology, he does almost as much exposition as Hermione.
3. He is actually quite intelligent. Despite what the movies would have you believe, he is not dumb. He is mediocre in most of his schoolwork, and lacks Hermione’s booksmarts, but he is an excellent chess player, meaning he possesses good strategic abilities. He is the one who keeps a calm head while throttled by Devil’s Snare, and he talks Hermione through saving both their lives. He has decent observational skills, after all he was to one to spot inconsistencies in Hermione’s third-year time table. Seeing his common sense and social insight as less valuable than Hermione’s academic knowledge betrays an inherently flawed definition of intelligence. (Especially since academic knowledge tends to be gendered as male, and social knowledge as female, think of Poirot and Miss Marple.)
4. He is loyal. He is the embodiment of loyalty. The movies erase some of the most poignant moments proving this, and hand some of them over to Hermione. But it is Ron who stands in front of Harry, daring Sirius Black to kill them both, despite his broken leg. It is Ron who repeatedly defies Malfoy and even Snape to protect Hermione from verbal abuse. When his mother believes tabloid lies about Hermione, he takes Hermione’s side. When his brother tells him to stop being friends with Harry because of the political risk, he is so furious at the suggestion that he tears up the letter. He is unthinkingly loyal to his friends, this is why it is such a big deal that he leaves in the seventh book – because it contradicts who he really is.
5. He is genuinely funny. In the movies we are more likely to laugh at Ron than laugh with him, and the jokes he makes tend to be somewhat juvenile. But in the books his sense of humour evolves with him and with the reader, leading to this dry, snarky, irreverent tone that is genuinely very enjoyable. Ron is fun to read, and he sounds like someone who would be lots of fun to be around. He jokes a lot, but it is rarely spiteful, and often meant to comfort or distract someone – a proof of emotional intelligence.
6. He is kind. I don’t really how to put this, other than the fact that if Ron was a girl, he would be immediately defined as a caretaker. He stays in Hogwarts over Christmas so that Harry doesn’t have to be alone. He often acts oblivious and selfish on the surface, but ultimately he really obviously pays attention to the wellbeing of his friends. From his words and actions and body-language we can piece together the sort of person who can make life suck less just by showing up, who is always there for his friends even if he cannot do anything specific to help.
7. He has a huge inferiority complex. The movies hardly touch on it but in the books it is his main character arc. He feels inferior to his brothers’ achievements, to Harry’s chosen status, to Hermione’s intelligence. It is explicitly stated in book four that he doesn’t understand how can someone not want to be chosen. The books are far more clear in implying that he gets together with Lavander because he’s insecure about romance. The Horcrux doesn’t get to him through his love for Hermione like it does in the movie, it gets to him through the nagging suspicion that he has never been good enough for anything or anyone ever, including Hermione. And the movie laughed off the scene after the destruction of the Horcrux, when Harry finally gets how much Ron suffered of this fear of being second best and Ron gets that Harry never chose to be chosen. But fear of being inadequate is the primary driving force of Ron throughout the septology, and the movie fails to see value in Ron just as Ron fails to see value in himself: his caring, his loyalty, his wealth of non-academic knowledge and his awesome sense of humour are not tangible achievements, and they are not something somebody notices about themselves.
Movie Ron is the person book Ron is afraid of being in his lowest moments, an incompetent oaf who makes rude jokes and chews with his mouth open, somebody their friends only keep around out of pity and habit, somebody Hermione would have to settle for out of a lack of better options. But book Ron, for all his flaws, is a loyal, funny and warm person with many valuable practical skills. Also: I can imagine Hermione regularly thanking her lucky stars for ending up with someone as amazing as him.