“white privilege” does have some context within Westeros, although class privilege is far stronger. As a few examples:
- dismissal of the Dothraki as “barbarians” and “savages”
- Kevan Lannister ignoring betrothal requests from the Westerlings because the family had “doubtful blood” (through their great-grandmother, a maegi from Essos)
- Taena Merryweather, an olive-skinned native of Myr, is exotified and sexualized. It’s unknown if her son has had to face any overt racism, but I believe her husband was considered unusual for his choice of wife.
- Summer Islanders within Westeros are also exotified and sexualized. (Note their culture promotes sexual freedom, but nevertheless.) A Summer Islander prince was even described as looking “frightening” in his native costume.
- The Dornish, especially the olive-skinned “salty Dornish” and darker-skinned “sandy Dornish”, are (again) exotified and sexualized. (Their spicy food gives them hot tempers and increases sexual appetite, for example.) In Westeros history, racism against the Dornish was even one of the causes of a civil war, the Blackfyre Rebellion.
Now, some of this may or may not be problematic on GRRM’s own part, especially the exotification of Taena et al. But presuming he’s just narrating what the characters themselves believe, it is a somewhat telling thing within Westerosi society.
Mind you, class privilege within Westeros and Essos is much, much stronger — for example, Taena, as the wife of a nobleman, is far better off than some random servant within the Red Keep or some poor Riverlands peasant. And it’s likely there was racial/religious tension between the First Men and the Andals thousands of years back (some of this survives in such things as the Blackwood/Bracken feud), but that’s much less like modern white privilege and more similar to the culture clash between Gaels and Saxons and Normans in British history.
Nevertheless, white privilege or racial bias within ASOIAF is something that should not be dismissed. Especially in fandom, where you have actual living human beings (not fictional characters!) describing Elia Martell as “ugly” and “unworthy” and raving about Lyanna Stark’s porcelain skin. Or fanwriters saying that Robb Stark would certainly prefer Myrcella Baratheon’s “Aryan looks” to Jeyne Westerling’s drabness. (I wish I was making up those two examples, I really do.)
Dear George R.R Martin;
Thank you. Thank you so much for creating this perfect little world where I’ve found the deepest connections with all of these wonderful characters. Thank you for Arya Stark, my fierce, little she-wolf. Thank you for her sister, Sansa Stark, my strong little dove. Thank you for mysterious and manipulative characters like Petyr Baelish and Varys. Thank you for taking the time to create a world bigger than your own, a world for us readers to get lost in when we feel lost here on Earth, as I’m sure you have too. Thank you for taking your time, for not listening to those people who tried to tell you what to do with your books and when to release them, and being such an absolutely fantastic writer. Just, thank you.
What is your predicted ending for Asoiaf if you dont mind explaining in brief?
I have difficulty with “brief” but basically
The Wall will fall at the end of TWOW, while the Red Keep will accidentally go up in a giant ball of wildfire as the various sides (Dany, (f)Aegon, Cersei, etc) try to control King’s Landing. (Nice ice/fire parallels, nice juxtaposition between the zombie war and the political war.) Humanity will be pushed back, all the way to the Trident. There’s probably very little food because the Greyjoys will have burned the Reach and the Westerlands, along with Oldtown and a lot of important documents on dragons and dragonglass and stuff that they keep there (Samwell Tarly’s mind is going to be very important).
I think ASOIAF has four messiahs: Bran (acting as the Battle Commander) and Dany, Jon & Tyrion as the Three Heads of the Dragon, with Stannis acting as a commander of the majority of the forces on the ground.
Because Bran has the ability to transcend time and space (and he’s had that ability since book 1), he will occupy the metaphorical “high ground” of the battle against the ice zombies and he will be able to direct the battle from his command center in the cave. The cave will be under siege, and that unguarded back door to the cave is a thing everyone should be very worried about right now.
The Three Heads will have to fly to the Curtain of Light in the Land of Always Winter, basically leaving Stannis alone, without backup, letting him feel abandoned like he did during the Siege of Storm’s End. (Paging somedeadman.) Stannis will fight “to the bitter end”, dying in the process.
All the three heads of the dragon are going to die. Dany, before she flies out, is going to swear to someone — Missandei, Jorah, the refugees from King’s Landing, idk — Dany is going to promise someone that she’s going to come back and take care of them all/make this right (basically a parallel to Rhaegar saying goodbye to Jaime at the end of the Rebellion), and once she gets up there, it’s going to be a Bruce-Willis-in-Armageddon situation, where she will be required to sacrifice herself for her people, out of her love for humanity — a betrayal for love.
The Iron Throne is destroyed, underscoring GRRM’s point that war for a stupid metal chair is pointless. There is no more central government, the Seven Kingdoms break up into seven different kingdoms again, humanity has to rebuild civilization from the ruins. The epilogue is a Bran POV, with Bran guarding humanity against the newly imprisoned Great Other and looking into the future and seeing Winterfell rebuilt and stuff.
The more detailed version is here: /tagged/endgame/chrono
Detail from the back cover of The World of Ice and Fire, depicting the last King in the North kneeling before Aegon the Conqueror.
“Torrhen had brought his power south after the fall of the two kings on the Field of Fire, but when he saw Aegon’s dragon and the size of his host, he chose the path of wisdom and bent his frozen knees.”
This is an attempt to compile a list of ASOIAF meta blogs & ASOIAF Fuck Yeah blogs that reblog meta! If you run an ASOIAF meta blog or an ASOIAF sideblog (not a personal blog) with a dedicated meta section, please let me know and I will be happy to add it to the list!
ASOIAF Meta Blogs
- historyofwesteros (episodes)
ASOIAF Fuck Yeah Blogs With Meta Sections
- aryaxgendry ( #axg:meta )
- fyeahmartells ( #meta )
- ofriverrun ( #text post )
- pre-gameofthrones ( #meta )OR
Please help me expand this list by letting me know about your meta blog or your Fuck Yeah blog with meta!
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"The strongest trees are rooted in the dark places of the earth. Darkness will be your cloak, your shield, your mother’s milk. Darkness will make you strong."
—bran stark, game of thrones.