a few thoughts about Game of Thrones S05 E09 (“The Dance of Dragons”) and open thread

I’m not gonna have time to blog in-depth about the new series of Game of Thrones, but I’m posting a few thoughts after each new episode. Please feel free to talk among yourselves about whatever is happening. (And of course I’ll jump into the comments as much as I’m able.)

Until I say otherwise, take it as a given that I love this show for its complex story and its fascinating characters. That’s the baseline that I’m working from.

So this is me, during this episode (or at least during the last few minutes):


And also me: Where is the Dragonriders of Pern TV series we were supposed to get? C’mon!


I kept hearing Ian Malcolm here: “Lookit her. She can’t not touch.” Of course she can’t not touch: It’s a dragon.

And this is how fantasy keep sucking in people like me, even when it pisses us off. We want some magic in the world. I want some magic in the world. Maybe religion used to do that for people, but it doesn’t work anymore. I certainly am very torn between wanting magic and finding it absolutely impossible to accept magic as really real. But at least fantasy pretend fiction can do it. (I think there’s a big fat book in that. Copyright me.)

But there’s this, too: I am increasingly annoyed that the creators of our fantasy — mostly men, but some women, too — seem utterly unable to conceive of fantasy worlds in which men don’t dominate over women. I mean, dragons are easy to imagine, but not a world in which women are ascendant? It is nothing new, of course, that Game of Thrones is set in a fantasy world that is a strong patriarchy, but again I find myself annoyed that the story goes to (girl) child rape and (girl) child sacrifice as plot points.

When Tyrion here says, “It’s easy to confuse What Is with What Ought To Be, especially when What Is has worked in your favor,” did George R.R. Martin have any awareness that this also applies to his conception of a fantasy world?

I want magic and I want dragons, but I can also very easily imagine a fantasy world in which women rule socially and culturally. (Copyright me.)

I guess I’ll have to write that one myself. Maybe I will.

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Tue, Jun 09, 2015 12:41am

“I certainly am very torn between wanting magic and finding it absolutely impossible to accept magic as really real.”

My problem is that I find it impossible to accept magic is NOT real. It’s out there somewhere. I know it.

reply to  althea
Tue, Jun 09, 2015 1:44am

I’m trying not to read any spoilers until I’ve seen the episodes, but I did see your comment, and it improved my day immensely.