~Forever crying about Daryl Dixon~
Multi-fandom blog; check my About for details. Doctor Who, Merlin, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, The Walking Dead, Sherlock, Elementary, Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Boondock Saints, Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, A Song of Ice and Fire, Phantom of the Opera, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Adventure Time, and various actors I enjoy. The Doctor and Rose are my all-time favorite ship. My Tumblr is pro-recovery and I want to be of as much help as I can, so if you need someone to talk to or encourage you or just listen to whatever you have to say, PLEASE don't be afraid to use my ask (with anon enabled, if you want to use it).
has a muslim man ever played abraham lincoln
has an aboriginal woman ever played elizabeth I
has a black man ever played george washington
has a turkish woman ever played eleanor of aquitaine
then why the fuck would you get the whitest white men to play Ramesses II and Moses
Q: A major concern in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones is power. Almost everybody – except maybe Daenerys, across the waters with her dragons – wields power badly.
George R.R. Martin: Ruling is hard. This was maybe my answer to Tolkien, whom, as much as I admire him, I do quibble with. Lord of the Rings had a very medieval philosophy: that if the king was a good man, the land would prosper. We look at real history and it's not that simple. Tolkien can say that Aragorn became king and reigned for a hundred years, and he was wise and good. But Tolkien doesn't ask the question: What was Aragorn's tax policy? Did he maintain a standing army? What did he do in times of flood and famine? And what about all these orcs? By the end of the war, Sauron is gone but all of the orcs aren't gone – they're in the mountains. Did Aragorn pursue a policy of systematic genocide and kill them? Even the little baby orcs, in their little orc cradles? In real life, real-life kings had real-life problems to deal with. Just being a good guy was not the answer. You had to make hard, hard decisions. Sometimes what seemed to be a good decision turned around and bit you in the ass; it was the law of unintended consequences. I've tried to get at some of these in my books. My people who are trying to rule don't have an easy time of it. Just having good intentions doesn't make you a wise king.