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Brienne’s eyes were large and very blue, a young girl’s eyes, trusting and guileless.
The scars are not the worst part, nor even the way his mouth twitches. It’s his eyes. She had never seen eyes so full of anger.
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
I stay down with my demons.
House Clegane was built upon dead children.
Different twist on Sandor, looks like Mor’du.
Person #1: Now Sandor is generally perceived as the second most ruthless character in the series, after his brother.
Person #2: No he is not. Sandor is just a crybaby with a crybaby name. He is annoying. Instead of sucking it up like John Wayne he spends his time unloading his emotional baggage on a twelve year old girl. He is a whiner pretending he has nothing but derison for morality, but in reality can not handle the disregard for morality he sees around himself and is leaking because of it.
Sandor is not the polar opposite [of Sansa]. He is a coward who is lying to himself. As much as he tries to convince himself that he is a twisted cynic, he himself does not truly believe it. That is why he is so defensive about his facade and has a chip on his shoulder over anyone calling him ‘ser.’ He is an empty suit of a man who has a mental picture of who he wants to be (a ruthless person and someone strong enough to stand up to his brother), but he can never live up to it in truth, because he has a touchy-feely, do-gooder core.
He has all the crimes of evil, scummy murderers, but none of their strengths.
I am interested to the point of fixation on characters that are used explore gender roles and social identity and abuse recovery.
When a grown-ass man who is a self-aggrandized heartless killing machine breaks down and sobs “like a little baby” after re-living the worst traumatic experience of his childhood, it makes you, as a consumer of media:
- consider that a grown man can be a victim of traumatic abuse, in a way that may very well be uncomfortable for you (good!)
- realize the hyper-masculinity that Sandor has displayed in every previous scene is a mechanism developed for social survival in a medieval setting, and not something that anyone is born doing naturally
- reconsider the very assumption of fictional violence being “bad-ass”
I am not interested in stories where people get in fights and then win fights that they get into. Which is all you can say about the scene after watching it: “A guy got into a fight with another guy and won.” You can say absolutely nothing more about either character than you knew at the beginning of the scene. The scene in the show was about as character-revealing and thought-provoking as dirt.
Give me character development or give me death. Don’t strip the character moments out of scenes and then make me sit through them, I would rather punch myself in the face.