Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Game of Thrones: Dark Wings Dark Words

One of my most favorite scenes in Game of Thrones S03E02: Dark Wings Dark Words is where Talisa sits down to have a word with Catelyn Stark who is busy making a prayer wheel for the Faith of the Seven. The gravity with which Lady Stark voices out her remorse (with a hint of stubbornness)  is absolutely compelling. Michelle Fairley was brilliant here!

Talisa Maegyr: May I help you, Lady Stark?
Catelyn Stark: No.
Talisa Maegyr: I'm sorry, I shouldn't have...
Catelyn Stark: You can't help because a mother makes one
[a prayer wheel]
Catelyn Stark: for her children to protect them. Only a mother can make them.
Talisa Maegyr: You've made them before?
Catelyn Stark: Twice.
Talisa Maegyr: Did they work?
Catelyn Stark: After a fashion. I prayed for my son Bran to survive his fall. Many years before that, one of the boys came down with the pox. Maester Luwin said if he made it through the night, he'd live. But it would be a very long night. So I sat with him all through the darkness, listened to his ragged little breaths, his coughing, his whimpering.
Talisa Maegyr: Which boy?
Catelyn Stark: Jon Snow. When my husband brought that baby home from the war, I couldn't bear to look at him, didn't want to see those brown stranger's eyes staring at me. So I prayed to the gods "Take him away, make him die". He got the pox and I knew I was the worst woman who ever lived. A murderer. I'd condemned this poor, innocent child to a horrible death all because I was jealous of his mother, a woman he didn't even know! So I prayed to all Seven Gods "Let the boy live. Let him live and I'll love him. I'll be a mother to him. I'll beg my husband to give him a true name, to call him Stark and be done with it, to make him one of us".
Talisa Maegyr: And he lived?
Catelyn Stark: "And he lived. And I couldn't keep my promise. And everything that's happened since then, all this horror that's come to my family... it's all because I couldn't love a motherless child.


Can't wait till the last episode of this season where she will probably be reanimated after the Red Wedding as Lady Stoneheart, which is gonna be batshit crazy.

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