Reading: A Dance with DragonsShips: Eric/Sookie, Jaime/Brienne, Veronica/Logan, Oliver/Felicity and othersCharacters: Eric Northman, Jaime Lannister, Loki, Dean Winchester (...)
Things I wish Jaime had seen:
- Brienne winning a melee of 116 knights with a fucking morningstar
- ‘That one was for Jaime.’
- Hyle Hunt telling Brienne that her lips were made for kissing (because he’d kill him with his bare hands, amirite?)
- The fight with Biter (because he’d kill him with his bare hands, amirite?)
- Brienne calling out his name during her fever dreams
- BRIENNE CHOOSING TO DIE RATHER THAN BETRAY HIM
Things I wish Bri had seen:
- JAIME’S GOLDENHAND MAGICAL PUNCH. On a fucking loop.
While Martin came up with this storyline, and afaik actually began writing it, prior to the American attacks on and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, you’re obviously right — the storyline is, if not allegorical, at the very least applicable, to use Tolkien’s preferred term/technique. I think that if anything the books stack the deck in Dany’s favor vs. our own adventurism: Slavery is an abhorrent moral wrong no matter how you slice it, and Dany, whatever else she is, is also a destined messiah figure with magic powers and dragons. There’s no Halliburton exec or neocon cabal backing her moves, either (though you get something roughly equivalent when less savory characters like Daario and the Shavepate start putting in their two cents). You’ll have a hard time convincing me that leaving the slave states of Essos alone would have been the “right” thing for Dany to do, or even that Martin intends this to be our takeway. Complex issue is complex.