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Old July 18 2013, 04:23 AM   #1891
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I don't know - I'm pretty sure he knows that his own minions can't be trusted to keep secrets since he himself pays them to relate secrets to him.
Varys' minions are little children he acquires whose tongues he has cut out. They aren't hirelings.
I read a couple of interesting theories that Varys may have an agenda entirely his own in regards to his hatred of magic and the Targaryens have some sort of magic in their blood that has to do wth dragons, much as the Starks have warg magic in their blood. Doesn't he swear to destroy Stannis because he uses magic? Anyway, the ultimate question these folks were asking was why would Varys want to put someone of magical blood in the seat of ultimate power if he hates magic?
Varys' hatred of magic comes from things he tells Tyrion. He's lying to Tyrion about a bunch of other things, including his loyalty to House Lannister.
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I've seen a lot of modern scholars try and shit on Tolkien's work for not being politically correct, which strikes me as odd as the work isn't at all political.
A work doesn't have to be written as an explicit political tract to have political content. Virtually any novel will express the worldview of the author in some respect, and those are inherently political. Tolkien's glancing depictions of non-European civilizations are of their time, which is to say, kind of racist; it's not a major theme of the work or anything, but it is there.
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Old July 18 2013, 10:43 AM   #1892
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Everybody in Arda is non-European!
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Old July 18 2013, 10:53 AM   #1893
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Yeah a non-political work still gets into murky waters when you have all the good guys as white and anyone with a darker skintone works for the Lord of Evil. I don't think LoTR is totally ruined by racism or something (especially as Sauron's human allies are mostly a sideshow) but it's got some issues we'd be rather critical of if someone tried to write that kind of thing today.

I don't think fantasy writers have blanket immunity from any responsibility to be careful around social issues. Especially in settings that draw on real-life places and cultures. Fantasy worlds like GoT still have something of our world, and thus can't help reflecting something of the writers views of the world. And images and ideas they put forward can shape in turn how we think about our world.

re summer islanders. I've only just started on book four and have hardly seen anything of them so can't really comment too much. One in a a feather cape startling some people who have probably barely ever even met a black guy doesn't sound like a big deal.

re: essos in more general, it honestly looks like rather a pick and mix. The Dothraki look pretty savage but we frequently see plenty of savagery in westeros, and through the Hound's opinions we get a critique of the hypocrisy of western knights. ie they're meant to be morally upstanding heroes but they're really just violent guys with swords. Dany meanwhile is playing white liberator of non-white cities but as I understand it that goes really really badly so the narrative is hardly endorsing her.

tl:dr: I reject Dalekjim's "it's only escapism" as a cop-out but GoT hasn't really thrown any major red-flags at me so far.

[edit]It would be good to see a non-white culture that isn't based around either loot'n'pillage or slavery. But again I think one of the key points here is that Westeros looks more civillised at first glance but is in fact full of its own kind of barbarity. I mean, burning and murdering of the smallfolks seems a fairly regular pastime for warring lords. The riverlands are pretty fucked and all. Also the summer islands are supposed to be very peaceful, as I recall?

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Old July 18 2013, 11:15 AM   #1894
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Yeah a non-political work still gets into murky waters when you have all the good guys as white and anyone with a darker skintone works for the Lord of Evil.
The superior race in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion are clearly the Elves. In The Hobbit, there isn't even a human as a main character. If the legendarium is racist, it's against humans in general, as they're shown as weaker and more corruptible than some other races.

Both Tolkien and Martin are writing stories focusing on medieval Europe-influenced societies, therefore most of the people will be white. To accuse them of racism for not bending the knee to political correctness and making sure they represent all races as having an arbitrarily equal amount of goodies and baddies is absurd. Thinking like that just leads to the death of artistic expression.

I don't think LoTR is totally ruined by racism or something (especially as Sauron's human allies are mostly a sideshow) but it's got some issues we'd be rather critical of if someone tried to write that kind of thing today.
A huge chunk of the audience are only aware of The Lord of the Rings through Peter Jackson's adaptations. As far as I'm aware, nobody has complained that he didn't include token black characters (Who would likely have to be paragons of good otherwise it's racist?).

Some people will always like being upset, it's not up to artists to aim to please such people.
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Old July 18 2013, 12:08 PM   #1895
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Just because some people always get upset doesn't mean it's ok to cause upset thoughtlessly.

"bending the knee to political correctness" is rhetoric that shouldn't be seen outside of daily mail editorials. All your talk of arbitrary quotas and paragons of good is just, I dunno, getting excitable over strawmen.

Also whatever elves and dwarves get up to doesn't negate the implications of the way humans are written.

re: the films, Sauron's human allies are reduced in presence, and we rarely see their faces. I recall in teh dvd commentaries talk of finding quite obscure inspirations for their wargear so as to not look too obviously like a parallel for some eastern culture. And Faramir in the extended edition gets a speech where he looks at a dead soldier and says something along the lines of "was this just some regular dude doing his duty like we have to".

So it's not about inserting token characters so much as playing down the Villainous Darkies side.

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Old July 18 2013, 02:50 PM   #1896
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Emmy nominations are out. In major categories, the series and Dinklage are nominated again for Drama and Supporting Actor in a Drama, while Emilia Clarke gets her first nod as Supporting Actress in a Drama and Diana Rigg is nominated as Guest Actress in a Drama. Benioff and Weiss got a writing nomination for "The Rains of Castamere." Other noms include Casting, Art Direction, Cinematography, Costumes, Editing, Hairstyles, Non-Prosthetic Makeup, Prosthetic Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Special Visual Effects, and Interactive Program. Full list here.
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Old July 18 2013, 02:50 PM   #1897
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Congratulations to Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, and Diana Rigg for being nominated for Emmys for season three.
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Old July 18 2013, 02:55 PM   #1898
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Hmmm... If "Rains" is going to be focused on in the Emmy's, I wonder if they'll use any part of the RW as the demo clip. That may be pretty brutal for a more mainstream audience, considering the whirlwind it started on the web by the TV faithful/non-book-readers.

Either way, I do hope they win something and will be watching.
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Old July 18 2013, 03:12 PM   #1899
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Peter Dinklage being nominated instead of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a complete joke. Waldau and Charles Dance gave the best performances of the season, and delivered much more memorable scenes. Dinklage was good during his wedding episode, but other than that.. what did Tyrion even get to do? Argue with Shae?

I agree with Emilia Clarke though. Her Valyrian was amazing.
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Old July 18 2013, 03:22 PM   #1900
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I agree with Emilia Clarke though. Her Valyrian was amazing.
While I'm happy for Emilia Clarke, I'm shocked she was nominated at all. I consider her the weakest lead actress on the show. Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Michelle Fairley all constantly do a better job than Clarke.

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Old July 18 2013, 03:26 PM   #1901
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I think Michelle Fairley was completely miscast as Catelyn, but I agree those others are better actresses than Emilia. They just didn't get any stand-out scenes this season like she did, when she breathed intensity in to a scene where she used a fictional language.
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Old July 18 2013, 03:37 PM   #1902
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The Emmys tend to re-nominate by rote; Dinklage will probably get the nod every year, unless there are enough new breakout characters on other shows to push him out of the top five.

I don't think Emilia Clarke has much range, but she was very good in "And Now His Watch is Ended," so if that was the episode she submitted I can see why she got the nod. It's hard to think of individual episodes in which any of the other actresses particularly excelled, though Michelle Fairley, who often struggled to make TV Catelyn interesting, was excellent in her final scenes in "The Rains of Castamere."
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Old July 18 2013, 03:41 PM   #1903
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The superior race in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion are clearly the Elves.
Who are white.
To accuse them of racism for not bending the knee to political correctness and making sure they represent all races as having an arbitrarily equal amount of goodies and baddies is absurd.
When you choose to represent the non-white races as villains, that has obvious implications.
A huge chunk of the audience are only aware of The Lord of the Rings through Peter Jackson's adaptations. As far as I'm aware, nobody has complained that he didn't include token black characters (Who would likely have to be paragons of good otherwise it's racist?).
Uh, in fact, there's been quite a bit of discussion of the ways in which the LOTR films handle (or don't handle) race.

Regarding the Emmy nominations, Dinklage is a perennial nominee, so I'm not surprised he got nominated over Coster-Waldau (the show isn't quite popular enough yet to furnish multiple nominees per category).

Rigg got nominated, which was expected. I think she has a pretty good shot at winning that category.

Clarke getting nominated surprised me, since she didn't have a lot of "emotional" material this year, but she had some very memorable scenes. I know a lot of people wished Fairley would get in, but she had almost literally one scene of significance this year, and that's not enough to be a first-time Emmy nominee.
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Old July 18 2013, 04:36 PM   #1904
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I'm curious where GRRM is going with all the maester/Citadel maneuvering that was alluded to in ADWD... All the stuff about "grey rats scurrying around, one tied to each Lord, etc."

Not that it's unexpected, but just seemed to be a bit late to just now being brought into the overall story. Of course, it could just be a strawman.

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Old July 18 2013, 04:54 PM   #1905
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There is definitely something going on there - Pate the impersonator (one of the House of B&W assassins maybe?) looking for an Archmaester's key to the Citadel archives, dragonglass candles "working" again, and all around the time of Sam's opportune arrival.

I don't get the impression that it's a red herring at all. In fact, I think this will be a critical piece in the next book, if not the final one. There is a conversation about this going on over at AFoIaF, particularly with the key and where it may lead.

Be warned, there appears to be a lot of spoiler-filled discussion there - I'm assuming, based on some released transcripts from TWoW.
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