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Lament for Lady

... well, sort of.

It has come to my attention that a number of television viewers (mostly those who had not read my books and did not know what was coming)were shocked and upset by what befell Sansa's direwolf Lady at the end of the second episode of HBO's GAME OF THRONES.

Good. I mean, that was kind of the point.

But some people were reportedly so shocked and upset that they wrote angry blogs about it, and even declared that they would not continue watching the show.

Not so good. Obviously, I'm sorry to hear that.

I don't know if any of those people are reading my Not A Blog. But in case they are, perhaps it will make you feel a little better to know that Zunni, the Northern Inuit who played Lady, is alive and well, and has been adopted by Sophie Turner, the lovely young actress who plays Sansa in the show. We didn't really kill her.

(Rhodri Hosking, the young actor who played the butcher's boy Mycah, was not actually killed either, though oddly, no one seems quite so upset about him).

Real wolves and wolf-hybrids are being killed every day in the real world, however. If you love wolves, and were upset at Lady's death, why not try to help some real wolves?

There's some great folks right in Candy Kitchen, New Mexico who do just that (yes, New Mexico has a Candy Kitchen. We also have a Pietown and a Truth Or Consequences. Three reasons I love this state).

They're called the Wild Spirit Wolf Sancturary, and they rescue wolves and wolf-hybrids. You can learn all about them from their website, here:


Years ago, for Christmas, the fans of the Brotherhood Without Banners sponsored a wolf in Parris's name, and made her a "wolf mother."

So shed no tears for Lady... but if you have a spare buck or two, send it to Wild Spirit in her name, and you might help save a real wolf or three.


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May. 16th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
Oh dear. If they're upset about Lady, I wonder what will happen when they find out about... everything else.
May. 16th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the exact same thing.
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May. 16th, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
In all honestly, if you're driven to swear off the show because of that scene, it probably just as well. No spoilers, but this world ain't My Little Pony.
May. 16th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
Seriously. We DID all see the way The Mountain's horse was treated last night, didn't we?
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May. 16th, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
An outstanding idea!
My wife and I recently sponsored a young husky who happened to be born with underdeveloped eyes and completely deaf.
I will give these folks a visit as well!
Thank you, sir.

Sadly, I will miss your Indianapolis visit. I am glad we caught you last time on your AFFC tour. We fly out that evening to France for a much-delayed honeymoon in the South and Paris. I already warned my wife I could be found sitting in a cafe pouring over Dance. "F$*k the Louvre" I believe was how I summed it up. ;) We will see how that pans out.
May. 16th, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
I've always wondered what it is that makes an audience not react to violence visited upon innocent people, but they come undone when it occurs to an animal. A sad commentary at times, i think.

While what happened to Lady was ugly, it was a singular act of capriciousness. Mycah's death is one that highlights the systemic injustice of the entire society, and I remember while reading the book having the conflicting feelings of "that's really awful" and "that's really honest."

Thanks for that.
May. 17th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
I don't think it's a sad commentary; it's just that some people are wired differently. Cruelty to an animal (or, for that matter, to a child) is far worse than cruelty to an adult, because adults at least have a modicum of choice about their environment and actions; children have far less choice in the matter, and animals almost none at all. So while one may accept that animals are lesser beings than humans, this lesser-ness in a way makes cruelty against them *worse,* because they are so fundamentally incapable of protecting themselves.
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May. 16th, 2011 06:58 am (UTC)
I was so upset when she died! I read every night before bed, and I was planning on going to sleep after that chapter, but I didn't want to go to bed on such a sad note, so I stayed up to read another chapter. DARN YOU!!!!
May. 16th, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)
I felt a bit guilty, because while I was sad for Mycah, I bawled for Lady and spent the next hour clutching my cat.

However, it didn't make me upset with you or the show so much as it made me seethe with hatred for Cersei Lannister.
Doran Langston
May. 16th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
I've already seen a fair number of people reacting similarly to tonight's episode, as well. That is, they're so upset over what happened to the horse that they're vowing not to continue watching the show. While I don't intend to belittle anyone else's opinions or anything like that... As you pointed out, it's curious no one seems to be getting upset to that extent, and quitting the show, over any of the actual people who've been getting killed. I find it pretty interesting!
May. 16th, 2011 07:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for making this post and bringing wildspirit sanctuary to the attention of your readers.

To many healthy, happy, long-lived wolves!

May. 16th, 2011 07:25 am (UTC)
Well said, George.

I've been a supporter for many years of wolf causes in the UK and elsewhere, setting up wolf_clan in 2002 and would urge anyone who loves wolves to become aware of the conservation issues.

I too was upset at Lady's death when I read it in the book and also did cry at Mychah's death. Seems irrational to stop watching a show that is being gaithful to its source material.

Glad to hear the cainine actor has been adopted.
May. 17th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
I love your neologism...
...and am absolutely confident that is what it is (and not merely a boring typo).
It's clear that there should be a word that would start out similar to "faithful" in such contexts, but that would carry something further, in denotation and/or connotation, as well.
But I'm having trouble determining just what the additional meaning(s) might be, that such a term would need to represent.
And I wonder whether the antonym should be "ungaithful," "ingaithful," "gaithless," or what.
Re: I love your neologism... - caersidi - May. 18th, 2011 07:13 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 16th, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
Well said. It bothers me very much when people act like this.
May. 16th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
Well said, esp. the part about being upset over Lady but not Mycah. Have long been a supporter of saving the (real) wolves we have in THIS world, as well as the (real) people. Thanks for the link to a good cause.
Dhiraj Pal
May. 16th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
It's just like that film "What Just Happened", where Robert De Niro plays a film director, directing a film starring Sean Penn. At the end of the film, Sean Penn is killed along with his dog. The audience are outraged over the death for the dog, but don't even really seem to notice that Sean is killed.

I never quite believed the premise, that an audience would care more about a dog than a human. But I guess it really is a quirk in American culture.
May. 16th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Some people are morons...:-)
May. 16th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Too many... :-(
May. 16th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
I have a great love for animals.

But if these people made it to that point in the show and were unbothered by the things that happened, but refuse to continue watching it because a fictional animal was fictionally killed in a fictional setting, then that is terrifying to me. =(

If you are so sensitive that you can't bear to see an animal pretend-killed in a movie or show, but feel nothing for the pretend-people, then what does that say about you?

People never cease to amaze me. Getting upset at a television show for depicting a fictional situation is such a lazy way to express your love for animals. If you care that much get off your lazy butts and get upset about some real animals being harmed.

Yikes. Anyway, I applaud you for handling that with more tact than I probably would have in your position. But let's be honest here, it is a tiny vocal minority of people.
May. 16th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Well said...
May. 16th, 2011 08:29 am (UTC)
Those are not very smart people and I'm sure they are negligeble minority of the show viewers, and they are definetly unlikely to read this not_a_blog, only hardcore readers here, and those are already aware of the master's style.

Keep everyone alive, do not shock anyone and you would just get another sticky chocholate-fantasy.
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