By ‘softer’ I in no way mean ‘bad’!
I love Tyrion Lanister, played by the disgustingly talented and somewhat indecently attractive Peter Dinklage. I have an inappropriate crush here, and I don’t care who knows it, I think he’s brilliant!
Anyway, I was watching the latest ep of GoT and I couldn’t help noticing a couple of subtle differences in the way they played out the wedding of Sansa Stark to Tyrion Lanister from the book to the screen. I like both characters quite a bit, what with the seemingly unrelenting pile of shit which heaps itself upon them constantly and the way they attempt to survive it. In the book, there was never and real chance of an alliance between the two, too much hurt, to much mistrust, but the TV show has given the relationship a softer feel. Oh they’re not in love (though I can’t help feeling poor Tyrion deserves a loving wife, and Sansa should have someone in her life who would actually care about her), but there was less softness in their interactions in the book.
At the wedding in the book, Sansa refused to kneel so Tyrion could put his cloak over her shoulders. I’m not surprised. The Lanister’s destroyed her family, Joffery had been physically and psychologically mistreating her and now they were forcing her to marry ‘the monkey demon’… I wasn’t looking forward to it. The move terribly embarrassed Tryion in the books, and stung him badly considering how hard he’d been trying to protect her and I KNOW Peter Dinklage is more than capable of showing me all of that with his eyes… Instead, she knelt. While Joffery was attempting to humiliate and denigrate them both, there was at least this small victory that they could take for themselves. Some tiny sign that Sansa at least see’s he’s not evil, that he is being punished as much as she is.
It’s not true to the books, but in a way my desperate longing for something good for these two characters makes me glad that the scene was played out just that tiny bit differently. If there is one thing you can say about GoT (the books and the show) it’s that the characters don’t always get what they deserve. Good and noble characters die, terribly and pointlessly sometimes, while stupid, vile and evil characters seem to go on forever without the slightest hint of karma. It’s one of the books greatest strengths… but my soft little heart still begs for at least someone to get a happy ending. To have their actions and trials rewarded.