THIS IS NOT A DRILL, REPEAT, NOT A DRILL.
Sansa Alayne chapter is up on GRRM’s website. Analysis under the cut
- Mya Stone not taking her breakup well is a nice parallel for the running theme of the falseness of the allure of knightly gallantry and chivalric romance running throughout this chapter
- interesting that Robert thinks Harry the Heir wants him dead – little bastard is smarter than I gave him credit for, although lichen is smarter than I gave him credit for.
- if this is the controversial chapter, count me as surprised that anyone would consider it controversial. Sansa’s grown to be good at wit and manipulation, but that was always Sansa’s strong suit, so I don’t get why people wouldn’t expect her to get better at it as she matured.
- Robert’s starting to remind me a lot of Aerys II, but flying-obsessed rather than fire-obsessed. “I will make them all fly…The Lord of the Eyrie can do as he likes…after she had died Robert had suffered terrible shaking fits whenever anyone came near him with a blade”
- Sansa’s moving back and forth between her Alayne identity and her Sansa identity reminds me a lot of Arya as Mercy (I wonder if these two chapters were next to each other in the book) – in both cases, people seem to have mistaken method acting for some more profound loss of identity. And interesting how both Arya and Sansa are learning to be good actors and manipulators, but Sansa more in a political vein.
- Hence her brilliant idea of a tourney to set up a “Brotherhood of Winged Knights,” paralleling Renly’s Rainbow Guard. The use of the symbolism of chivalry for political purpose – in this case, providing a rationale for the nobility of the Vale to gather in one place for a tourney, mayhaps a wedding, mayhaps a funeral…
- So the tapestries were to bribe Nestor?
- I love this courtyard scene, even though I must admit that I need to re-read it to learn everyone’s names. But it does an excellent job of making the Vale characters seem like a real community of people, albeit a rather socially exclusive one, and in showing Sansa using her gifts at wordplay and manipulation, but also that she’s still someone who enjoys being a teenager with other teenagers. I really like Myranda Royce, btw. Although the // with Jeyne Poole makes me nervous.
- There is no way Ser Shadrich isn’t going to steal Sansa or at least try: ““My lady. My pardons if I took you unawares…A good melee is all a hedge knight can hope for, unless he stumbles on a bag of dragons.”
- Lyn Corbray – definitely a more effective villain than, say, Darkstar. Interesting that his sexuality is so openly known. And why did Littlefinger cross him?
- So, now we meet Harry the Heir…and he’s kind of emblematic of all of these Vale knights. He’s a snob, a hypocrite, intently ambitious beneath his honorable facade, and he’s not that clever. And their introduction – woof. If ever there was a doubt that Sansa might actually fall in love with this guy, I think that’s settled now. But at least he slightly redeems himself for almost making Sansa cry.
- Lothor Brune at least seems like a decent person.
- Littlefinger embargoing grain…I’m guessing this is part of his eventual turn vs. King’s Landing.
- So nice to see GRRM writing about food again.
So yeah, the Tourney at the Gates of the Moon is having serious Harrenhal vibes – the lords gathering for hidden political purposes, the death of the old heir the birth of the new, marriages in the offing, conspiracies all around…