lbr d&d erased arianne because she was a female character who was the heiress of dorne, sexual positive, was a grown up woman who still isnt married, is beautiful and badass and of course we cant have that
because dorne is stupid when they let their oldest daughter be the heir. because there were already so many sand snakes and women its too much for our sexist viewers to take
because arianne has two younger brothers and what in the world would give her the right to be the heir and not them
I had low expectations about the casting to begin with but I did not expect this much fuckery.
Why this show continually dismisses and erases Dorne’s female rulers is beyond me. Not only is it offensive but its dumb as hell. Dorne is such as interesting region for most fans because of how much it diverges from Westerosi patriarchal structure. However, D&D interpreted that as an opportunity for more boob screen time whilst ignoring its rich feminism, the welcome break it provides from the cliched white male dominated medieval monarchies.
We can safely assume that Arianne Martell is lost to us (not that D&Ds interpretation of her would’ve done her any justice) or that she has been cast off to the sidelines. Seeing as Trystane character description reads:
Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell: Trystane Martell is Prince Doran’s son and heir to Dorne. His father betrothed him to Myrcella Baratheon as part of the alliance offered by Tywin Lannister, then Hand of the King.
The most disheartening part of losing Arianne is that this is not a choice made because her story is extraneous or because of her character being dull (she would’ve easily captured the audiences attention) she is pivotal to the Dorne and Weseros plot-line. She has her own POV, even Robb didn’t get that. Sadly this is a trend, remember the last incident where a WOC was in power in Dorne? Or the fact that Catelyn Stark was ignored in favour of Robb Stark although it is through her POV that we see some of the most important events in the book series.This is deliberate aggression on female agency.
I thought maybe they wanted to use Trystane instead in order to give a audiences a romance-based plot with Myrcella (which is dull and lazy writing). But wasn’t Arianne’s storyline with Oakheart engaging, tragic, complex and above all worth-watching?
There is no plausible reason for erasing Arianne.
It simply goes to show that Game of Thrones the show and ASOIAF are two completely different stories. Whilst one transcends the usual expectations of the fantasy genre and gives people who were previously muted a booming voice the other falls back on lazy tropes that are not only worn out and unimaginative but they carry the dangerous legacy of dismissing any voice that is not white, straight and male as not worth hearing.
Game of Thrones: Season 5 – New Cast Members (Comic Con)
“I was the oldest,” the prince said, “and yet I am the last. After Mors and Olyvar died in their cradles, I gave up hope of brothers. I was nine when Elia came, a squire in service at Salt Shore. When the raven arrived with word that my mother had been brought to bed a month too soon, I was old enough to understand that meant the child would not live. Even when Lord Gargalen told me that I had a sister, I assured him that she must shortly die. Yet she lived, by the Mother’s mercy. And a year later Oberyn arrived, squalling and kicking. I was a man grown when they were playing in these pools. Yet here I sit, and they are gone.”
The Dornishman’s wife was a s f a i r a s t h e s u n,
and her kisses were warmer than spring.