Some HBO-themed noodling about pop culture.
True Blood: Has there been a worse event in vampire history than Sookie Stackhouse? Try to count how many ancient or very rare people-ish things have died because of her in some way. The woman is genocide on two legs. I will not list her full body count or even the most notable ones for spoiler reasons and because my keyboard might not take the strain, but it includes an awful lot of very significant characters in the supernatural world and even general world history*. If your every single storyline involves people a lot more important than you dying, maybe you are the problem.
Game of Thrones: I dig how G.R.R. Martin only implies key elements of the story and even buries some things so deeply in indirect allusions that a normal person like me needs to dive into obsessive discussion boards to understand why some characters do what they do. At this point I feel pretty good about the parts of the story that Martin wants us to know or infer at this point, except for one thing. It involves second season spoilers so I will toss it below the fold.
SPOILERS AVERT YOUR EYES!!
In season 2 Arya meets a super assassin named Jacquen who nicely murders some people for her and then walks off into the sunset. The guy stands out from most snakebit GoT characters as having almost no weakness: he is patient, pragmatic, intelligent, magically gifted, resourceful and clearly a prime physical specimen. TVTropes calls a character like him The Ace. OK so far, but Arya meets him on a prisoner convoy. The books set up his company as expensive but unstoppable murder outfit that can pull off any ludicrous job if you have the cash. So what I can’t figure out is who was the guy after, and how was he caught? King Robert is the obvious candidate, but it seems like someone caught trying to kill a king would face worse than hard labor. In particular anyone who knew what he is would be crazy to send him to the Night’s Watch, where a disguise master would not have too hard a time escaping. You would expect to see him back in King’s landing in about a week. Except you wouldn’t see him because he can change his face. All explanations welcome.
(*) Seriously, Sookie is involved in the death of every vampire over a thousand years, and things look pretty grim for that guy. The current apocalyptic vampire zombie plague storyline happened because of events that trace directly back to Sookie. To wit: Russell kidnaps Bill to find out why Bill was stalking Sookie, Eric found Russell while looking for Bill, Eric kills Russell’s rent boy to settle a grudge, Russell goes apeshit on national TV in the greatest single scene in TV history (WE. ARE. NOT. YOUR. EQUALS.), then tastes Sookie’s blood and commits even more atrocities because something to do with fairy blood, inspiring the LA governor to go apeshit and make the plague.