why can’t there be more male characters like ned stark: good, noble
tragically killed to further the character development of his wife and children
The play is definitely referencing Shakespeare’s Richard III, but as you say, we know that both Shakespeare’s Richard and the mummer version of Tyrion are a lot more evil than the real person, so Tyrion =/= Shakespeare’s Richard.
And the whole “being treated as a monster turns you into one” thing is referenced in the play itself (“As I cannot be the hero, let me be the monster”) so I don’t know, the idea that Tyrion is following a Shakespeare’s Richard III path seems counter to the whole point, which is that Tyrion isn’t the monster everyone thinks he is.
Tyrion might die and be remembered as a villain, but i don’t think he’s going to be one in the end. At least, I hope GRRM isn’t going for that sort of thing.
More notes about Mercy/ The Bloody Hand
The Bloody Hand offered two kings, the fat one and the boy. Izembaro would play the fat one. It was not a large part, but he had a fine speech as he lay dying, and a splendid fight with a demonic boar before that.
The Bloody Hand is of course Tyrion himself, Hand of the King turn kinslayer. The fat king is Robert Baratheon / Edward IV, of course (who dies during Act II of Shakespeare’s Richard III), the boy is Joffrey/ Edward V. Let’s not forget the wonderful and cruel pun of the boar as instrument of death for Robert/Edward IV, as Richard III’s historical sigil was, of course, a white boar.
“Mercy,” her friend Daena implored, “Lady Stork has stepped on the hem of her gown again. Come help me sew it up.”
I know that some people have considered Lady Stork a parody of Lady Stark, but I thought it was actually the nickname of the actress, since Daena calls her that way, but she doesn’t seem to call the other actors by their role name instead. I believe that Lady Stork is therefore the actress who plays Cersei Lannister/Elizabeth Woodville. In fact, later Mercy goes helping with the hem of the Queen/Lady Stork’s dress:
[…] then ran for needle and thread so the Snapper could sew the lace hem back onto the cloth-of-gold gown that the queen would wear in the wedding scene.
And later again Mercy pours her some wine:
Mercy found it for him, helped Big Brusco don his boar suit, checked the trick daggers just to make certain no one had replaced one with a real blade (someone had done that at the Dome once, and a mummer had died), and poured Lady Stork the little nip of wine she liked to have before each play.
Again, the other actors are called by their names, which makes me more persuaded that Lady Stork is the actress’ stage name and not the name of her character. She plays the Queen.
She found Izembaro’s crown in the privy where he always left it
A cruel joke on the fate of Tywin Lannister (sob)
The first lines of the play, recalled by Bonobo:
“The seven-faced god has cheated me,” he said. “My noble sire he made of purest gold, and gold he made my siblings, boy and girl. But I am formed of darker stuff, of bones and blood and clay, twisted into this rude shape you see before you.”
Enough mention of deformity in Richard’s first monologue:
But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks,
Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass;
I, that am rudely stamp’d, and want love’s majesty
To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;
I, that am curtail’d of this fair proportion,
Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
Deformed, unfinish’d, sent before my time
Into this breathing world, scarce half made up,
And that so lamely and unfashionable
That dogs bark at me as I halt by them;
Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,
Have no delight to pass away the time,
Unless to spy my shadow in the sun
And descant on mine own deformity. (RIII, I, i)
She caught his nose between her thumb and forefinger and twisted. “You’ll have no nose until you get your hands off me.”
Of course, since the real Tyrion is now noseless (’Noseless and Handless, the Lannister Boys.’)
The sad-eyed little man called Quill stood in the back, come to see what he could steal for one of his own plays.
A common habit in the Elizabethan theatre.
The costumes were all hung, and the Snapper was busy sewing Daena into her gown for the court scene, so Mercy’s absence should not be noted.
Since Daena has a court gown (while Mercy probably hasn’t), this makes me believe that is Daena who plays Sansa/Lady Anne, while Mercy is only going to play some common girl Tyrion/Bonobo rapes in an extreme display of his obscene nature. It could even be a loose reference to Tysha (though only Tyrion would read it that way), but in no way is about Sansa. In Shakespeare, RIII doesn’t rape anyone (at least something he’s not guilty of), but he tries to win the hand of Elizabeth of York from her mother, in Act IV, after he has killed Lady Anne.
“Give me the cup,” he told the Stranger, “for I shall drink deep. And if it tastes of gold and lion’s blood, so much the better. As I cannot be the hero, let me be the monster, and lesson them in fear in place of love.”
Again, a direct paraphrase of Richard III’s declaration of intent:
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
The pact between Tyrion and the Stranger is of course a novelty of the Bravoosi play, since there’s no direct apparition of the Devil in Shakespeare.
Do I believe this comparison foreshadows Tyrion’s death? No, because as the OP said, comparing him with Shakespeare’s RIII is a slander and is meant to be perceived so by the readers, even if the Bravoosi and their Lannister guests would feel otherwise.
Let the pun times keep on rolling…
"There’s also something about that type of power that Daenerys has. Most people believe she’s doing the right thing, but she’s burning people alive. She’s got a chip on her shoulder. I don’t want her to come across the Narrow Sea. She’s going to burn thousands and thousands and thousands of people and have that self-righteous smirk on her face the whole time".
lol omg Nikolaj’s intense dislike for Dany gives me LIFE tbh
Looking up Scottish mythological creatures and
Wulver: a werewolf in Shetland, that is said to have had the body of a man with a wolf’s head. It was reported to have left fish on the windowsills of poor families.
That is the nicest Werewolf legend I’ve ever heard of.
I guess Robb Stark needed a new job after the whole King in the North thing didn’t work for him.
but how can you bash sansa for liking stories about knights and adventure when you’re the one reading asoiaf
I think Sansa is clever, but I think that what is important about Sansa more than that she is clever or that she will “come out on top” or end up powerful (she may or may not come out on top or end up in power!) is that Sansa Stark is kind, and she remains kind despite all the things that have happened to her. I think when people defend Sansa from h8rs they often try to point out things about her that are valuable to her but ultimately not really accomplishments? She learns to be clever and manipulative because she has to. She is kind out of choice, and persistently kind in the face of overwhelming cruelty, and that is why I love Sansa.
If you have a single negative thing to say about Sansa Stark, then we can’t be friends.
“Do the dead frighten you?”