Most accurate casting since Ramsay Bolton.
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Moving on to our B-players and bad guys…
Jarvis - Kevan Lannister. Beleagured middle-management/second banana to Clu…and he’s fine with that! Just so long as Clu notices him and allows him to do his job. Gets sort of sneered at by everyone else because of this, alas.
Castor/Zuse - Varys. Flamboyant information-dealer. Has a friendly-only-not-really rivalry/symbiotic relationship thing going on with Clu, but nobody knows whose side this dude is really on.
Dyson - Lysa Tully. Not entirely stable? Check. Jealous of his “brother” Tron and Clu’s apparent fixation thereupon? Check. Thinks he’s Clu’s #1 dude and they’re going to rule the Grid together? Check. Enjoys psychological warfare? Check. Everyone else in the entire universe thinks he’s a creepy dick? Check.
Tesler - Roose Bolton. The occupying warden of a settlement up in what is apparently the frozen North of the Grid. Despite his creepy eyes and perpetual scowl, he’s actually pretty good at playing up the (Faux) Affably Evil angle when it suits his purpose, and was able to turn a massacre that he engineered to his own advantage by shifting the blame onto someone else, gaining a competent henchperson and local support in doing so.
Pavel - Ramsay Bolton. Total no-brainer.Tesler’s exceedingly creepy right-hand man, except for the part where he’s cheerfully planning to double-cross him at the first opportunity. Pavel’s really only the most casual player of the Game—he could care less about Clu or order or the System or anything else. All he cares about is that his (somewhat precarious) position of power gives him almost unlimited permissions and access to the pursuit of his true passion: hurting people.
Paige - Jaime Lannister. Lord, this was a tough one, but hear me out here. First of all there’s the badassery, which should be self-explanatory (watch her in the arena in Rendezvous). Underneath the red circuits and the cold, haughty demeanor, Paige is actually a genuinely good person, but she’s definitely lost her way and done some heinous things, and she comes off as a card-carrying member of the Evil League of Evil until we start getting to see things from her POV (damn the show for not giving us more of this.)
Zed - Sam Tarly. A total dork and a bit of a coward, but when you put the asses of those he cares about in the frying pan he will brave hell to pull them back out…even if he faceplants onto the grill a couple times in the attempt.
Mara - Brienne of Tarth. I know, I know, physically she doesn’t even come close. Personality-wise, though, Mara totally possesses Brienne’s idealism, her undying loyalty to her friends, and her surprising resourcefulness and competence in a fight, despite the fact that she’s the last person you’d ever expect to see willingly participating in these kind of situations.
Abel - Davos Seaworth. The One Sane Man and voice of reason amidst the crazy that’s overtaking everyone around him. Outwardly perfectly ordinary, working in a perfectly legit profession, but apparently has a very colorful past that we’re only given tiny glimpses of. Don’t mess with his “kids”, though—he’ll go to hell and back for them, and he’s way more badass than he looks.
Most of us have probably played the Sorting Hat game with our favorite fandoms: what Hogwarts House would your favorite characters fit best in? (Another variant I’m personally rather enamored of is shoving Lantern Rings of various hues onto every character I can get within arm’s reach). However, when it comes to Tron, these days, I can’t help but feel it shares a great deal more similarity with another massively popular fantasy literature series…one that is vastly less tame (
and being we were talking about Harry Potter, that’s saying something, cough) but still happens to come with a “sorting” system of its own. So without further ado, let us mash together Tron and George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones for TV-only folks) and laugh uneasily at how easy it is.
Kevin Flynn - Eddard “Ned” Stark. A good man who earned the love and undying loyalty of thousands…but his way of not quite being able to get it through his thick head that not everyone thinks the way he does and making decisions accordingly leads, in large part, to his downfall.
Sam Flynn - Sansa Stark. Kevin Flynn’s kid, who worshipped the heroes in his dad’s stories…but turned out to be a bit Wrong Genre Savvy and completely out of his depth when he found himself a player in them. Spends most of the story being a damsel in distress (you know it’s true), but is brighter and stronger than a lot of people give him credit for.
Tron - Catelyn Tully-Stark. Strong and fierce and extremely intelligent, with a close, profound relationship with Flynn (who he was all of the unsure about, at first, but eventually grew to love). His greatest priority in life is the protection of his people, and he sees the things Flynn (and others) tend to miss. Rendered unrecognizable (and utterly terrifying) by a horrific betrayal.
Clu - Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, with a not-insignificant bit of Tywin Lannister thrown in. Clu has Lord Tywin’s scary competence and power position (not to mention the fact that the fandom has apparently long associated him with lion motifs), coupled with Littlefinger’s master-class skill at Xanatos Speed Chess and his creepy, creepy obsessions, one of which focuses pretty clearly on Tron…
Quorra - Daenerys Targaryen. The exiled Last of Her Kind, Quorra demonstrates a curious mixture of childlike naivete and extremely impressive badassery. Implied to be “special” in a nebulous sort of way, and is almost ethereally beautiful.
Beck - Robb Stark. Leads a rebellion in Flynn and Tron’s name, and despite his obvious youth and occasional derpitude actually starts succeeding against all odds. Mentored by Tron, but doesn’t always listen to Tron the way he ought to. Uprising’s cancellation left his ultimate fate ambiguous, but let’s be real, guys: that aforementioned horrific betrayal is almost certainly going to result in these two boys sharing a similar fate.
Anon - Jon Snow. Kevin Flynn’s “bastard” program, the last he ever wrote and forgotten or looked at with scorn and/or suspicion by most of the Grid. One of the last desperate bulwarks against an oncoming eldritch zombie apocalypse.
Gibson - Howland Reed. The leader of a tough, insular little clan-colony that makes its home in a godforsaken stretch of inhospitable wilderness where nobody else in their right mind would want to live. Good luck finding them if they don’t want to be found. If you do manage to win Gibson’s trust and loyalty, however, he will face death and worse for you and never so much as blink.
Jalen - Rhaegar Targaryen. Never gets so much as a minute of screentime (as himself, anyway), but was an extremely important and intriguing figure. A book-smart scholar, heir to the leadership of his people, who never really wanted to be a warrior but turned out to be pretty crazy-awesome in a fight when something convinced him that learning how to do so was a thing that needed done. Sadly, Jalen didn’t recognize the looming storm on the horizon that was coming for him and his people, and made a couple of rather ill-advised choices that led to his downfall…and the murder of his entire family.
(TO BE CONTINUED…)
If by “always been positively predisposed toward me” you mean “yeah she totally helped me wreck the entire continent because she has an eternal psychotic boner for me (joke’s on her though lol I’m wrecking the continent because I have an eternal psychotic boner for her sister)” :|
Yes, Varys, your face is my face too.
"ASOIAF is popular because it is basically what would happen if Bruce Willis were a wizard and he had sex with Sarah Palin and she gave birth to a baby and then they only let it watch Breaking Bad and then Professor McGonagall transfigured that baby into a book."
Lindy West, The Stranger
I THINK I AM CAUGHT UP WITH THE SHOW, OR A BIT BEYOND IT
LSKDJFDKL:SFJDLS:FJ BUT PEOPLE ARE DYING
(oh well. admittedly, some of the chapters were boring anyway)
If you’ve hit the Wedding of a Particular Hue (#2 of fucking like four weddings in this book JFC) then you’re caught up with the show and two weeks ahead besides.