02x07 // 03x04
Sometimes being a Jorah Mormont fan is the definition of the joy turning to ashes in your mouth. In GoT 4x3, Jorah stans and Dany/Jorah shippers got one of the things we’ve been hoping for when Dany stated that Jorah was her “dearest friend.” Unfortunately, we also got a big increase of friendzone posts in the Jorah tags, and there were already too many.
The really stupid thing about the friendzone meme is that for many Dany/Jorah shippers, their friendship is probably the biggest reason why we ship them. Not because Jorah is entitled to Dany’s love for being her friend, but because they were friends before love ever came into the equation, and friendship like that is the foundation for successful romantic relationships and marriages. How many couples in ASOIAF have that? Do any of the other canon Dany pairings even have that?
Yet the friendzone meme completely devalues friendship, and it perpetuates the false notion that Jorah himself doesn’t care about Dany except to sleep with her. Does he hope that someday her feelings for him will equal his? Absolutely. But does that mean he isn’t fulfilled by the kind of love she does profess to have for him? (I personally believe that Dany’s love for Jorah is more romantic than she realizes, but that’s not the point of this post.)
Book!Dany, like HBO!Dany, expresses her feelings for Jorah in pretty strong language: “You have been a better friend to me than any I have known, a better brother than Viserys ever was. You are the first of my Queensguard, the commander of my army, my most valued counselor, my good right hand. I honor and respect and cherish you…” On the show these lines were boiled down to most trusted adviser, most valued general, my dearest friend, but the show also made the change of having Dany this not only for Jorah’s ears, but in front of her inner circle, her khalasar, the former slaves of Yunkai and Astapor, and eight thousand Unsullied: Jorah Mormont is the single most important person to Daenerys Targaryen.
Jorah is an exile from his native land who shamed his family and whose wife left him because love wasn’t enough for her. He’s the sworn sword of a queen (that’s a vow of celibacy right there.) Don’t try to tell me that Dany’s friendship isn’t equally the most valuable thing in the world to him. Don’t reduce friendship to a joke in a series where that sort of relationship is at a premium.
x ”I’ve been by your side longer than any of them, K h a l e e s i. Let me stand by your side today as well.”
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3 Rounds And A Sound
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I hope we dance tonight
Before we get it wrong
House Martell: Not your erotic, not your exotic
(title taken from the poem of the same name by Suheir Hammad)
I’m crawling out of my little fandom hole because three episodes in, I’m becoming increasingly irritated at how Oberyn Martell and the Dornish on a whole are being portrayed in Game of Thrones.
Apparently, when not attending weddings, Oberyn and Ellaria can be found exclusively in a brothel inciting an orgy of some sort. Even when they do attend outside events, they are drawn to the scantily clad contortionist or to propositioning fellow guests by suggestively eating food. Yes, Dorne is more sexually permissive than other areas of Westeros. Paramours are common, noble-born women have sex before and outside of marriage, and bastards are not scorned and hidden away. For the writers of Game of Thrones, this means one thing: more sex scenes.
Instead of highlighting how racist the Westerosi attitudes towards Dorne are, the show buys into them, reducing the Dornish so far to a few men in turbans and over sexed characters with quick tempers. So far, Oberyn Martell has spent his time having sex, issuing threats and hotheadedly killing stray Lannister soldiers. Gone is any subtlety he had in the book, where he patiently bided his time with his brother to seek justice for his sister, Elia. Instead show!Oberyn is the orientalist archetype of a highly sexed, overly passionate non-white male, unable to keep either his libido or temper in check.
Coming on top of Essos and how the characters there are PoC who are either cruel, barbaric, avaricious slave owners or slaves who need to be saved by the white saviour character (and this is without mentioning the cringe worthy end of season 3 where Daenery’s crowd surfs a purely brown crowd), this portrayal of Oberyn Martell and Dorne is particularly galling.
For David Benioff and Dan Weiss it seems Oberyn Martell and Dorne is very much their erotic and their exotic.