[AGGRESSIVELY REMINDS YOU THAT ASAMI SATO IS A KIND, SMART, BRAVE, AND BEAUTIFUL PERSON INSIDE AND OUT AND DESPITE EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO HER SHE HAS STUCK BY HER BELIEFS AND FRIENDS.]
[PASSIVELY POINTS OUT THAT SHE COULDN’T PUT HER JEALOUSY AND RELATIONSHIP ISSUES ASIDE WHEN KORRA WAS MISSING LONG ENOUGH TO SHOW WORRY ABOUT HER “FRIEND” WHO HAD JUST SELFLESSLY TRIED TO RESCUE HER FROM JAIL AND WENT MISSING AS A RESULT]
Casually issues a reminder that the amount of concern that Asami showed was approximately equivalent to every other character who was searching for Korra, Mako’s frantic, front-and-center, out-of-nowhere panic aside.
Casually adds that Asami had just learned that her father, whom she trusted, was working for an organization that she fundamentally disagreed with, and was thus forced to take the opposite side and lost her father and her home as a result. Oh and she was arrested a few days later and put in prison for being a nonbender who happened to be related to an Equalist (read as: getting in Tarrlok’s way, but still, jail is jail).
Casually rounds this off with the reminder that despite her reasonable negative reaction over the dude she was in a committed relationship with clearly expressing feelings for another girl and the other hardships she had been slammed with, Asami still did the right thing by her and stayed at the Krew’s side and took down her father, nearly dying in the process.
I think so many of the problems with Robb and Cat on the show stem from the fact that D&D basically wrote themselves into a hole.
I understand why the aged the characters up. But this is troublesome in terms of Robb’s storyline, because so much of his character arc in the books is rooted in the fact that he is a young boy in way over his head. And — at least on some level — he knows he is in way over his head. At one point, he admits (paraphrasing) that he’s “messed up everything but the battles,” and he is willing to listen to Cat’s advice, even if he occasionally resents her for giving it. On the show, Robb is roughly twenty. Ned and Robert fought and won a rebellion at that age. Stannis held a castle under siege. By Westerosi standards, Robb is too old to be (believably) relying on his mother, so they’ve given him too much confidence and have him treating Cat like an interloper.
Also, his show storyline is all over the map, with Catelyn in tow. In the book, she releases Jaime at Riverrun while Robb is away, which makes the whole thing Edmure’s problem, and Cat basically makes it easy on him by confining herself to Hoster’s chambers until Robb returns. And when Robb does return, he is immediately willing to forgive her, because he also made a potentially politically disastrous mistake in his grief. Putting Cat on the road with him, and turning the Talisa arc into a thing where he actively pursues a relationship outside the Frey alliance changed the tone of everything. So, he treats Cat like a criminal, because why not.
I’m still really salty about it. And not just because I genuinely like Robb in the books. I hate what it’s doing to Cat as a character, because they are basically trying to turn her into someone to be pitied, which IS SO FAR FROM THE POINT I AM FOAMING AT THE MOUTH. One of the most heartbreaking things about the whole King in the North arc in the books is that Cat shows an amazing amount of strength. She just keeps soldiering on because Robb needs her, despite her personal losses and the fact that his kingdom is falling down around their ears.
So I’ve been thinking about something Bianca told Nico back in, I think it was The Battle of the Labyrinth, when Nico blamed Percy for his sister’s death. She said something along the lines of, “It’s dangerous for children of Hades to hold grudges. Its our fatal flaw.” Which made me wonder, is it possible that all demigods fatal flaws are influenced by their Olympian parent?
Hades’s children holding grudges would make sense. Zeus banished Hades from Olympus and pretty much forced him to rule the Underworld. Hades has always held a grudge against Zeus and the other Olympians because of that, and its gotten in the way of them collaborating and agreeing on topics. This is also the case for Nico, who found it initially difficult to work with Percy and the others until he finally let go of the past and moved on.
Another example is Athena. Annabeth’s fatal flaw is deadly pride. It is shown many times that Athena is prideful, just like her children. “The first thing a child of Athena learned was that mom was the best at everything, and you never suggested otherwise.” (I don’t have MOA with me but the quote went along those lines). There’s also Zeus. In the Titan’s Curse Thalia was almost influenced to give up Bessie to the Titans and gain ultimate power to destroy Olympus. She was tempted and you could say that is her fatal flaw, that she is power hungry. We know Zeus is a guy that LOVES power, so you could say Thalia’s fatal flaw is influenced by her parent.
These are only a few examples but if this is the case (and Rick Riordan is a clever sneaky genius) then the Olympians’ personalities and mythological past can be used to figure out the fatal flaws of other, unknown demigods. Like Leo. I’m starting to believe his fatal flaw has to do with revenge, since he was influenced by the goddess of revenge in Mark of Athena to take the fortune cookie. His father Hephaestus is known for exacting revenge because Hera tossed him off Mt Olympus and Aphrodite cheats on him with Ares. He created that golden net to capture both the Queen of the gods one time and the goddess of love another time, if I remember correctly. From the way he talks in BOTL we know he feels pretty bitter toward most of the Olympians. In a way he’s kind of the 12th wheel in his family, unloved, alone…Sounds familiar right?
So this is just a theory, but it would make sense for the Olympians to influence the demigods’ fatal flaws, don’t you think? They already have an impact on their kids’ personalities after all.
(GoT Season 3 spoilers)
“You have a taste, one taste of the real world, where people have important things taken from them, and you whine, and cry, and quit,” Brienne tells him, proving both emotionally and physically stronger than the man considered the greatest fighter in Westeros. “You sound like a bloody woman.”
From Think Progress’ review.
First Arya says all girls are stupid, then
AshaYara calls Theon and cunt, and now this. I don’t know what to think anymore. I’m excited about certain aspect of this show but this kind of thing is ominous as fuck.
What happened to how Asha realizes that “cunt” is such a shitty thing to call women?
It means whoever wrote that episode didn’t read the books properly or they just don’t understand the character. Which seems to happen with every single female POV character so far imho. (Maybe not Sansa but we’ve had so little of her).
And in the books, neither Asha nor Brienne nor Arya ever looked down on other women or thought of them as lesser than man just because they weren’t warriors or physically strong or whatever.
Man, this is one of those line I’m just going to keep well buried in my brain and pretend it was never in the show as I watch it.
Like this just makes me want to track down whoever wrote that episode and throw the books at their head and scream, “REMEMBER WHEN BRIENNE SAID THAT CATELYN HAD A WOMAN’S KIND OF COURAGE???”
Like just because Asha, Arya and Brienne don’t subscribe to their society’s gender norms for women DOESN’T MEAN THAT THEY LOOK DOWN ON OTHER WOMEN WHO DO OR THAT THEY LOOK DOWN ON WOMEN IN GENERAL.
Why does the show insist on trying to pit these different kinds of women against each other???
Because the show is written primarily by men who don’t seem to understand that for the most part, women aren’t spending all their time aspiring to be like men, squabbling with other women, insulting them for not being like amazing men.
In the books, women characters like Asha and Brienne have realized that internalized sexism only reinforces the patriarchy that is giving them a hard time. The writers, with their externalized sexism —through the mouthpieces of these women characters—haven’t gotten there yet.
To me it’s less about commitment to the source material (which yes, is different) and more that most women, at some point, become self aware enough to realize that when they call men “cunts” or “girls” they aren’t teaching the men a witty lesson about sexism. They begin to recognize that when they say things like “most girls are stupid (but not me)” they are still reinforcing something negative about being a girl.
It’s a part of gender identity development and maybe I wouldn’t expect a younger character like Arya to be there—but for this show to put lines like this in the mouths of every woman character with a weapon in her hands says more about the writer’s room than the characters themselves.
*clutches Brienne, Arya and Asha protectively and hisses like a mother cat*
STAY AWAY FROM MY BABIES D&D!!!!