A new romance is brewing amongst all the death and gore on ‘Game Of Thrones’, and I have to wonder — is it truly necessary to shoehorn in a romance between Missandei and Grey Worm?
It’s so boring to quibble about changes from the Song Of Ice And Fire series of novels to the Game Of Thrones TV series, but there is simply one change I cannot get on board with — the budding romance between Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson). Not only is it bizarre, shoehorned-in, and fairly implausible, but it also takes a lot away from the focus of the episodes. Do you agree with me, or are you a Missandei/Grey Worm shipper?
‘Game Of Thrones': Missandei & Grey Worm’s Relationship Is A Bizarre Distraction From What’s Important
Missandei and Grey Worm’s relationship has been brewing for a few episodes now, but it hit its climax in the otherwise action and plot-packed “The Mountain And The Viper,” which aired June 1.
As Daenerys’ army of Unsullied bathed, so too did Missandei, and Grey Worm watched her, submerged in water up until his nose like a pervy hippo. When she noticed him, she stood slowly, and was even slower to cover up, but she did.
Later, as Daenerys twisted Missandei’s hair, Missandei told her that Grey Worm was interested, despite his lack of pillar and stones — as Daenerys so eloquently put it.
Not long after, when Grey Worm apologized, she apologized to him for the fact that he’d been “cut.”. I thought it was strange of the GoT team to have Missandei apologize to her harasser, but hey, maybe I’m just sensitive.
They had a quiet, intimate moment in which Grey Worm told her that he wasn’t sorry he was cut, because had he not been cut, he’d never have been drafted into Daenerys’ army, etc., etc., and would never have found himself standing in front of Missandei in that moment. It was kind of sweet, and I’d be down for a deep, platonic friendship between the two, but painting them as lovers makes no real sense.
And, sorry, but I can’t get over how creepy it was for Grey Worm to stare at her like that, and that’s where the bulk of my objection comes from. It’s all fine and good for women to constantly be sexualized, but the men of Game Of Thrones are rarely given the same treatment.
‘Game Of Thrones': Which Plot Point Would YOU Have Preferred Been Expanded Upon, In Place Of Missandei/Grey Worm?
All told, it was a solid 10 minutes or so of a relationship that is a) not canon and b) weird as hell. Here are a list of important plot points that were given less time for a strange, star-cross’d romance that is never going to happen:
-Ramsay becoming a Bolton.
-Daenerys sending Jorah away.
-The wildlings — Ygritte included — growing ever closer to the Wall.
-Bran — what’s up with Bran? No sight of him in the last episode.
-Petyr answering for Lysa’s death.
-Arya getting to the Vale, only to be told Lysa is dead.
-Hi, the fact that Tyrion is slated for execution?!
As I said in my recap, I am having a difficult time getting behind a romance in which Missandei is expected to restore Grey Worm’s testosterone through the power of human love. Further, Grey Worm is positioned as a sympathetic character, but let’s not forget that he’s been trained as a killer since birth. How warm and fuzzy could he possibly be? For the love of god — on the day that an Unsullied is cut, they are given a puppy to love and care for which they must murder with their bare hands one year later to prove their insensitivity to emotion.
It’s not that a castrated man can’t fall in love — it’s that, in this scenario, it makes absolutely no sense for him to, and it distracts from what’s really important.
I’m just utterly perplexed by this whole business. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you a Missandei/Grey Worm shipper, or do you agree that their romance is a bizarre detour from more important plot points? Let me know! All the power to you if you’re into it; however, I am not. And let me know your best ship name, too, because my best is Wormissandei — I know, not good.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner
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