Because if it is true, what they’ve done is taken a major POV chapter female character from the books and erased her and given her role to a male FOR LITERALLY NO REASON. WHAT IS THE REASON? WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS? HOW DOES IT BENEFIT THE SHOW AND THE STORY TO TAKE AWAY ARIANNE’S STORY AND GIVE IT TO A DUDE? THERE IS NO REASON THERE’S NOT ONE REASON
and like if that wasn’t bad enough, so much of the point of bringing in Dorne and the Dornish characters is to show how differently they view and treat women within the medieval hell that is Westeros. It’s the only kingdom that doesn’t practice primogeniture and has a history of female rulers (for example, Doran and Oberyn’s mother, not their father, ruled in Dorne. BUT WHEN THEY THREW A THROWAWAY REFERENCE TO DORNE’S PREVIOUS RULER IN THE SHOW, THEY CHANGED IT TO A MAN LIKE LMAO WOW D&D DID WOULD IT REALLY FUCKING KILL YOU TO MENTION A RULING PRINCESS DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOUR BASIC ASS ON THE WAY OUT). The whole fucking kingdom was founded by a woman. It serves as a way to show that the misogyny is Westeros is not the norm, but a choice and that it’s not like that everywhere. It’s easy for the reader to be like ‘okay, this is a medieval-based world, of course women aren’t going to rule’, but Dorne just existing the way it does throws that completely out of the window and it’s REALLY IMPORTANT.
And like a concept so central to the asoiaf series is shining a light on how misogynistic the fantasy genre itself often is, how female characters are underdeveloped or token ‘sorceress’ villains or two-dimensional love interests. It shows through example how authors have the choice to write dynamic roles for women in a fantasy setting but just choose not to and blame it on the standard within their world? like YOU WROTE THIS WORLD. YOU INVENTED IT. YOU HAVE MADE UP THE CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS OF THIS WORLD AND WILLINGLY CHOSEN TO NOT INCLUDE WOMEN IN THAT OR SHOW HOW THEY CAN STILL HAVE STORYLINES AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN A SETTING THAT SUFFOCATES THEM
And like by choosing FOR NO REASON (!!!!!!!!!!!!) to TAKE AWAY a female character like Arianne - who is sexual, who owns her sexuality, who uses it as a weapon, who was raised to rule, who is confident in her power, who is in cahoots with her girl gang cousins (who are all powerful in their own ways, who all identify their femininity differently and use it as a tool differently) to STAGE A COUP AND PUT A FEMALE ON A THRONE OF THE ENTIRE SEVEN KINGDOMS BY USING THE VERY LAWS OF DORNE THAT GIVE HER POWER is honestly just so fucking offensive. And stupid. And throwing one of the key tenets of the series back in its face probably because they’ve seen how ”’badass”’ people think Oberyn was and want another ”’badass”’ Dornish character just like him and of course that can’t be a woman!! No woman cool here!! Tough boy make show better!! Go jump off a cliff.
#HONESTLY IF THIS IS TRUE I AM CONSIDERING NOT WATCHING ANYMORE#IT’S JUST HONESTLY A FUCKING FISTFUL OF SAND IN THE FACE#you’re turning the series into the exact grimdark fuckfest the books are satirising#and it’s just so fucking hard to take#and like if they do cut her NEVER FORGIVE how they used#oberyn’s feminism and support of women that he got from being raised in dorne#as a way to make him seem cooler and more progressive#without showing how that’s IN PRACTICE in dorne AND IS A REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF THE POLITICAL CLIMATE THERE#the great satan d&d#*also arianne is a WOMAN OF COLOUR#in a POSITION OF POWER oh my god i can’t believe we’re even talking about having her written out
I AM SO DONE WITH THIS SHOW.
FUCK YOU, HBO, FOR RUINING ASOIAF FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T READ THE BOOKS.
Much of this series’ beauty is found in the way that it presents diverse characters and situations that challenge society’s moral beliefs. People who got through the books came out more open-minded than they were when they first started reading, and that’s by journeying through the plotlines of characters like Jaime Lannister and Arianne Martell.
AND THEN YOU RUIN JAIME LANNISTER.
AND WRITE OUT ARIANNE MARTELL.
For what? Production value? Ratings? Character depth and development isn’t interesting enough for you?
FORGET THIS SHOW. IT’S JUST ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE DISAPPOINTING FORMS OF MEDIA THAT BOWS TO THE CLAMOR OF THE MASSES, INSTEAD OF USING THEIR UNIQUE POSITION TO EDUCATE AND INFLUENCE THEIR AUDIENCES FOR THE BETTER.