I cannot stop watching the last scene from Sunday night’s Game of Thrones. This season really is all about the women, and Daenerys and her rise to power are force to be reckoned with. I love how she uses other peoples’ expectations of her to gain the upper hand here. She doesn’t use her sexuality, she doesn’t have to seduce anyone. These guys just assume she’s stupid and incompetent because she’s a woman who happens to be pretty. She doesn’t bother correcting them and uses their assumption to her advantage, because in the end, she’s smarter than all of them and that’s what wins her the Unsullied. It’s not her “feminine wiles” that does the trick, it’s her intellect. She’s brilliant! I haven’t read the books, so please don’t spoil anything for me, but I am so excited to see where her character journey takes her because if this scene is just *foreshadowing*, then I really can’t wait to see what she does next. And if you haven’t watched Game of Thrones yet, you’re really missing out. The female characters haven’t always been the strongest aspect of the show, but this season they’re really coming into their own.
Koi no yokan (Japanese) - the sense when meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love; differs from “love at first sight” as it does not imply that the feeling of love exists, only the knowledge that a future love is inevitable.
Sometimes Stiles looks at Derek and he doesn’t see the strong and fearless leader Derek wants everyone to think he is. He doesn’t see the selfish, detrimental Big Bad all his friends seem to take him for.
He looks at him and he sees a boy who had to grow up sooner than he was supposed to. He sees a boy who has been through more than most could take, suffered through more than he ever deserved. He sees a boy who keeps punishing himself for something that wasn’t even his fault to begin with. A boy who’s scared and doesn’t know what he’s doing, doesn’t know what he’s supposed to do, but keeps trying nonetheless. A boy who looks at himself every day and hates what he sees, but just puts on a brave face and soldiers on.
Sometimes Stiles looks at Derek and it hits him that maybe, just maybe, they’re not so different after all.