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the starks have a way of inspiring unwavering loyalty, in life and in death.
"The time to strike is now, the Starks fight the Lannisters, the Baratheons fight each other."
At the edge of the wolfswood, Bran turned in his basket for one last glimpse of the castle that had been his life. Wisps of smoke still rose into the grey sky, but no more than might have risen from Winterfell’s chimneys on a cold autumn afternoon. Soot stains marked some of the arrow loops, and here and there a crack or a missing merlon could be seen in the curtain wall, but it seemed little enough from this distance. Beyond, the tops of the keeps and towers still stood as they had for hundreds of years, and it was hard to tell that the castle had been sacked and burned at all. The stone is strong, Bran told himself, the roots of the trees go deep, and under the ground the Kings of Winter sit their thrones. So long as those remained, Winterfell remained. It was not dead, just broken. Like me, he thought. I’m not dead either.
GET TO KNOW ME MEME - [1/10] TV SHOWS: Game of Thrones“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail, and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but refuse. They cling to the realm, or love, or the gods… illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is. But they’ll never know this. Not until it’s too late.”
These are like snippets from a modern day interview with the Khal and his Khaleesi
“Do as you’re told, sweetling, it won’t be so bad. Wolves are supposed to be brave, aren’t they?”
A Game of Clothes
When I try to explain to my fantasy-loathing friends that Game of Thrones is more than fire-breathing dragons and frozen, undead soldiers, I chose a more perceptive explanation. “It’s about politics, war and family drama,” I tell them, but they can’t seem to shake the fact that giants and warlocks don’t exist in real life.
The truth about Game of Thrones is that it’s not just a fantastical survival of the fittest, it’s a game of vitality, friendship, enemies, trust, deception, combat and… fashion! The stitching and smithing that goes into the elaborate costumes tells just as much of a story as the secret conversations behind closed doors. Head costume designer of Game of Thrones, Michele Clapton, works closely with the gifted embroiderer Michele Carragher to create the fantasy drama we all love.
Each house’s clothing represents something unique about the people born into them. From the ornamented lions with ruby eyes sewn onto the dresses of Lady Lanister, to the intricate dragonscales on Daenerys Targaryen’s gowns, the costume designers spend countless hours (sometimes even months) assigning essential elements of each house to the costumes. Clapton explains, “If they live on a windy, rocky island, like the Greyjoys do, then they dress accordingly. They have costumes made of heavy, densely woven cloth that are waxed and painted with fish oil to help keep out the wind. Everything has a reason for being there” (LA Times). Each house requires its own noteworthy and imaginative style that translates to who it represents as a family and the territory they come from.
Not only do the costumes tell the origin of the characters, but they also echo character development. The designer uses the costumes to explain the personalities and idiosyncrasies of each character. Clapton’s costumes “indicate the emotional state of characters through their costumes, and also to indicate their influence over other characters and courts. Sometimes this says so much more than words” (Spin). For example, at the end of Season 4 Episode 8, The Mountain and the Viper we see Sansa, a once powerless hostage and tortured soul, descend the stairs of The Eyrie draped fashionably in all black. This new and elegant dress shows Sansa’s growth from a scared girl to a master of self-preservation and manipulation.
To make the costumes with precision, Clapton starts with heavy research. She looks into how people lived throughout different ages in a variety of climates and environments. She also examines the availability of colors, fabrics and sewing techniques that would exist during each time. Finally, Clapton makes a series of moodboards that epitomize the different cities and regions of Westeros. All of the work that goes in to the costume design could be a TV show in itself - A Game of Clothes.
Daenerys + stroking her babies
”They are my children and they are the only children i will ever have…”
"She told herself that there were powers stronger than hatred, and spells older and truer than any the maegi had learned in Asshai. The night was black and moonless, but overhead a million stars burned bright. She took that for an omen… And when the bleak dawn broke over an empty horizon, Dany knew that he was truly lost to her. “When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east,” she said sadly. “When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When my womb quickens again, and I bear a living child. Then you will return, my sun-and-stars, and not before.”… She knelt, kissed Drogo on the lips, and pressed the cushion down across his face.”
As Daenerys Targaryen rose to her feet, her black hissed, pale smoke venting from its mouth and nostrils. The other two pulled away from her breasts and added their voices to the call, translucent wings unfolding and stirring the air, and for the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons.
Sometimes I hate Cersei, this was not one of those times.
The Knight of Flowers, they call him. Now there’s a son any man would be proud to own to. Last tourney, he dumped the Kingslayer on his golden rump, you ought to have seen the look on Cersei’s face. - Loras Tyrell