I’ve had these on my desktop waiting to be turned into reaction GIFS for like 2 weeks so I finally just got it over with.
“Don’t get attached”, always so hard. I think — I know — the show makes it worse. And the way HBO is building up Renly in the previews and such… they want the entire audience to react like Loras, don’t they? You know they do. It’s gonna be bad.
Like many people, I reacted to Theon on my first read as “what a dick, what an asshole, god you’re dumb, I hate you.” Second read, it was all like “noooo theon stop it, stop that, that’s the worst possible choice, oh god stop making bad decisions, oh lord i’m feeling so sorry for this stupid lost boy, god.” Poor bad decision dinosaur Theon.
As for Jaime, um… “something really terrible happens to him and that along with his POV makes you start feeling for him a lot more than you ever thought you would”? Though I think the show has been making him somewhat sympathetic already, with the added scenes with Ned and Tywin.
But I don’t have to keep my mouth shut for anyone, at least. I just try to keep spoilers out of the show tag, and then just watch and wait…
“Theon is bad decision dinosaur”
I loled. But seriously, I was super shocked when on my mom’s first read-through he was her favorite character but there are things about him that I realized while she was reading that made me feel so crappy.
The confusion he has at Winterfell, how he simply doesn’t understand why everyone is so mad at him, is so sad, because HE WAS BRAN AND RICKON in that situation his entire life- captive of someone who cares about your safety. So he psychologically cannot comprehend why everyone is so pissed at him which is heartbreaking. I mean it does get seriously out of hand and there is no long a parellel between their situation as his captives and his as theirs, but he does end up seeing that and feeling like serious shit.
All around I think like Sansa, he’s a character who has had a number done on them psychologically and comes out hated by fans but in reality is just doing the best with what they have. There is a lot of depth from that and seriously emotional content for the reader that I prefer to the more one-dimensional personalities.