Margaery’s kindness had been unfailing, and her presence changed everything.
I really enjoyed this scene. Seems like maybe they will play up this relationship still. But once again, aspects of this fandom annoy me—like those who harp on Sansa’s “shallowness” for not being attracted to Tyrion (…because only men get to choose who they’re attracted to?) and ignore the fact that the first reason she stated for not wanting to marry him is because he’s a LANNISTER. Similarly, I’m eyebrow-archy over folks who find Sansa and Margaery discussing female sexuality and options for noblewomen tedious while not passing the same judgement on Tyrion and Bronn. (In closing…what happened to ignoring the shallowness of this fandom, self?)
Not sure if I’m more impressed by the CGI or Emilia’s cavalier acting. “Yeah, that’s right. I got dragon power.” And the more I think about it, the more I love that they’re not just some impersonal weapon—they’re her “children.” :D
“Knights die in battle,” Catelyn reminded her.
Brienne looked at her with those blue and beautiful eyes. “As ladies die in childbed. No one sings songs about them.”
“Children are a battle of a different sort,” Catelyn started across the yard. “A battle without banners or war horns, but no less fierce.”
In the books, the war of the boy king is Catelyn’s story, subverting tropes of the dashing young hero who beats the odds and triumphs over all. She adds an emotional level to the story, as the mother who worries for her children, but she’s also a strategist and deeply pragmatic. She’s one of the few figures who realizes that they’re not merely playing at war, and understand what that must mean. In the show, however, Catelyn is merely the mother of the king, and no one wants to see what the mother is thinking or doing when the true hero is elsewhere.
I’m still quite fond of the show, but I won’t deny that Catelyn’s adaptation has been hugely disappointing. (Been thinking, lately, about how the show has fleshed out Cersei and her relationships with Tyrion and Tywin, but in return we get almost nothing of the canon relationships between the Tullys, and Catelyn’s motivations and development in particular.). Still, I disagree that the adaptation reason for Cat to let Jaime go was unreasonable—she was certain the Karstarks would kill him, after all. What’s unreasonable is that the show introduced this element as motive, and then never mentioned it again. So not only do they ignore Cat’s canon motivations, but they also ignore the ones they create! Really low moment for the adaptation.