It amuses me how many scenes there are in 2x01 and 2x02 of Tyrion and Cersei getting their drink on, especially since their increasing tendency to drunkenness gets them into all kinds of trouble later on in the books.
Martin (...) as always seemed to me to have an enormous blind spot when it
comes to prostitution.
Well, yes, lest we (Heaven forfend!) think ill of Tyrion, who's the most prominent patron of prostitutes in the books. GRRM also tries to make prostitution look more "respectable" in comparison by having various types of sex slaves pop up in the story: bedslaves, salt wives, the various women "kept" and abused by the nastier characters (Ramsay, for starters), etc. etc. Of course, Jeyne Poole was "trained" in one of Littlefinger's brothels, and her training involved whipping on top of all sorts of other things I don't particularly care to think about, so maybe that's blurring the lines a little bit between "respectable" prostitutes with hearts of gold and some semblance of agency and the downtrodden, victimized sex slaves.
Yara seems to be channeling the same cagey raccoon vibe that Osha is... which makes sense since Theon compared the two in the book.
With her dark eye makeup and her sloe-eyed, knowing look, Yara reminded me of a character straight out of the works of Edward Gorey. All she needed was an elegant flapper outfit to complete the look. (And let me just say ahead of time that all the fans whining about Gemma Whelan not being pretty enough to play Yara--which makes no sense, since a) Asha isn't supposed to be pretty and b) Show!Theon's hardly the dreamboat he is in the books--can cram it.)
it just sort of happened. There was no build up, no hint, nothing. And the narrative didn't make a big deal out of it.
I find with a lot of the "shocking" twists, especially those in Book 3, if you go back and read carefully, they're really not quite so shocking. I guess I must not have been reading very carefully, though, because I was caught totally off-guard every damn time.
In 2x01 and 2x02, Tyrion swaggering around King's Landing drunk on authority, making as big an impression as he possibly can, and racking up ill will by the bucketload seems distinctly less badass and much more ill-advised than I remembered it in the books. In ACOK, my sense was that we were supposed to think that Tyrion was doing an excellent job as Hand, despite everyone's ingratitude, and he could have done much more if he hadn't been undermined by Tywin and Cersei. In the series, though, I watch him goading Cersei with relish, cavorting with Shae, and threatening Varys, and it just strikes me as dumb, dumb, dumb. The surprise isn't that he had lost everything by the end of ASOS, the surprise is that it took as long as it did.
Edited by Blue32, Apr 5, 2012 @ 11:31 PM.