‘Game Of Thrones': Missandei & Grey Worm’s Romance Is Bizarre

Mon, June 2, 2014 2:12pm EDT by 15 Comments
Missandei Grey Worm Relationship
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Abi

Posted at 2:01 PM on June 5, 2014  

I think it’s a sly way to get some nudity back into Daenerys’ storyline after Emilia Clarke (quite rightly) put a nudity clause in her contract – let Missandei do the totty bit instead.
Sadly I think the makers overvalue the audience’s need for sex and nudity in the show and undervalue how much the storyline and actors sell this series. I hope they’ll reconsider and put even less into the next series. I’m not prudish, just find the opening/ending of scenes with unexplained orgies really unnecessary, and relationships that didn’t happen just for the sake of nudity. God help the ‘actresses’ playing the Sand Snakes if they are to continue the way their father, the Red Viper, was portrayed – may as well just hire porn stars in lead roles… oh wait, already done that. My fingers are crossed they’ll go the opposite way and cast Lucy Lawless/Gina Carano/Zhang Ziyi types and we get some authentic kick ass fems in there! Would be awesome :)

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nicholai42

Posted at 10:12 AM on June 5, 2014  

It is wholly unnecessary, distracting and annoying. I understand that you cannot have all of the plot lines from the books in the show, but if you are going to leave those things out why create new ones? Martins books were fine the way they are, there is no need to insert new plot lines.

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aemon's ghost

Posted at 10:43 PM on June 3, 2014  

I think its perfectly natural for grey worm to want a normal life. What was taken can never be replaced but wouldn’t you want to feel some sort of normalcy? As far as him being a perv that is crap how was he supposed to show he was interested….something he might not understand himself. Who r we to judge….all men must die and all men must serve..

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Hagar

Posted at 5:41 PM on June 3, 2014  

So according to you, Ms Steiner, castrated men have no romantic feelings and career soldiers are incapable of affection (also, as someone downthread pointed out, the Unsullied had to drink something every day that changed their mindset, so maybe you should go back to the books before you start talking smack). Frankly, this romance is a pleasant little oasis in the sea of blood and fucking that is GoT (I love every minute of the show, don’t get me wrong, but a romantic relationship that isn’t motivated by lust, power, or money is kind of a refreshing thought). Also, since when did looking at someone too long become sexual harassment? Every person on this earth is guilty of it, then, for staring at their high school crush. I can’t tell if you’re jaded or what, but I find it strange that you have such serious issues with this pairing (and the fact that it’s not canon doesn’t really explain it — the canon includes incest and rape).

Also, I don’t feel that any of the other plots got short shrift this week either (or did you want to see The Mountain smash Oberyn’s head a bit longer?). There are still two episodes left in the season to deal with Tyrion’s predicament and The Wall and Bran’s boring-ass storyline, so be patient, and don’t begrudge these two characters that eight minutes of screen time.

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jen

Posted at 2:42 PM on June 3, 2014  

Love =/= sex.

A person who is missing part or all of their genitalia is able to fall in love.

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brit714

Posted at 1:38 PM on June 3, 2014  

Vincent Gonzales, you sir, win today. And I agree. Plus it’s been implied on the show that he may not have lost all him *ahem equipment just the important baby making parts. Still I’d like to see them develop a relationship that’s less about sex (God forbid on GoT) and more about a real and personal connection. Perhaps this is to show that despite the unsullied’s training they are still human beings with deep seeded buried emotions evident by the fact that they chose to fight for Dany in the first place. I must say that I am annoyed by this article too. And how can you call him a harasser!? Like it’s suddenly akin to rape to stare at a woman you find attractive who obviously didn’t have a problem being seen by you (he also had the grace to look bashful and a bit ashamed when caught, which the English major in me cheers about at the acknowledgement that it’s not ok to make women the brazen subject of the male gaze), then you got to her to APOLOGIZE for any SEEMING lack of disrespect and impropriety, that’s not harassment that’s some epic manly stuff right there, a stark departure from the sometimes cringe-worthy misogyny in other storylines and I loved it! I’m all for this ship and seeing as how it’s not from the books it can go anywhere so I appreciate having some aspects of the story that I’m not sure how it will turn out (though I hope it ends with love lol)

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caro

Posted at 9:11 AM on June 3, 2014  

the worst article! Do you know what love is? not just sex. I agree the series should have 22 episodes, but I don´t think is wasting time the moments between Missandei and Grey worm, love them!

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John

Posted at 6:25 AM on June 3, 2014  

I agree with the article. As a fan of the books, knowing some of the content that they have left out of this adaptation it is hard to forgive any added story arcs that don’t add to the overall narrative.
If I recall correctly the Unsullied don’t have any kind of feelings, just robotic loyalty and discipline.

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Craig M Denholm (@Shirlz_knight)

Posted at 6:43 AM on June 3, 2014  

You are correct there but their lack of emotion was due to a drink that they took daily- now they are free I would doubt that they will be required to drink it anymore allowing them to develope feelings and emotions. I think it is fairly plausible that a relationship may spark between these two- but i agree it is surplus to requirements- I’d rather they spent the screen time on GRR Martin content without making new shit up when so much is already being missed out!

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Niphredil

Posted at 5:32 AM on June 3, 2014  

I must be the only one who fully agrees with this article. Every of minute of the show is precious and they just wasted it on these two characters who, in my opinion, lack a lot of the depth that the other more noteworthy characters posess. I could care less about Missandei and Grey Worm. The fuck is Bran doing? What’s his story all about? Why don’t they spend more time shedding some light onto that? Or maybe go into more depth on Moat Cailin and its strategic importance/location in Westeros. The sole purpose of the Missandei and Grey Worm relationship is to please audience members who get a kick out of any kind of sexual tension. I really could care less.

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Vicente Gonzales

Posted at 10:40 PM on June 2, 2014  

I can’t believe that I, as a guy, am reading an article from this stupid website.
Oh well. Here it goes.
It really is stupid for someone to think that a relationship that isn’t physical or sexual is weird; as if it can’t even be possible without it. You obviously are not a true fan of the show if you think that this relationship can’t work. It’s meant to be an emotional relationship that focuses on deep communication and personality. And this is coming from a guy. This article really annoys me. I can’t believe I’m even wasting my time commenting on it, right now.
>:(

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O

Posted at 5:45 PM on June 2, 2014  

It was a beautifully portrayed yet saddening scene because its an impossible romance.. Its meant to be touching and thought provoking

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Tamagura

Posted at 4:46 PM on June 2, 2014  

Amanda, it is really sad that you feel a romance between a man and woman, without the naughty bits, is weird. In fact, Missandei was not just apologizing to Grey Worm. She was empathizing for his plight. As for Grey Worm, when he recounted the path that brought him before her, it was, for me, one of the most sensual, and loving, moments in the series, so far. I enjoy Game of Thrones, much more, without all of the “in my face” sex that took place during the 1st season. The scripts are so well written, the episodes so superbly directed and every actor’s portrayal so award worthy, the sex and nudity, especially in season 1, was a novelty, which, for me, became a distraction. I love Game of Thrones, have read synopses of the books on Wikipedia and, for now, will just stick with the HBO series.

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Really?

Posted at 1:27 PM on June 3, 2014  

I totally agree with your comment. To say that painting them as lovers makes no sense because of what Grey Worm may or may not have below the belt is ludicrous. Emotional, romantic and sensual connections are not always physical. Some of the strongest connections are made without a single touch. I actually feel sorry for the writer of this article for not believing that.

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Lucy

Posted at 4:45 PM on June 2, 2014  

So this is basically a dumb article from a non-shipper. WHO. THE. HELL. CARES. Dammit, its like reading celebrities gossip.
Not only this is completely useless, but it’s also SO incredibly dumb i couldn’t help but comment to point it out.
But since i don’t like saying things without justification, here it is :
It’s not because Grey Worm has been cut (and we DONT KNOW if the whole package has been) that he cannot feel desire or love.
Yes, he COULD learn to feel affection, even if he was raised to be an emotionless killer because FUCKING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Since Daenerys freed them, especially him, has learned a whole new way to live.
So please, you are totally entittled to have your own feelings on the subject, but don’t post such a ridicule “shipper or non shipper” article on a magasine supposed to be a minimum serious.
Thanks.

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