Bad writing in Game of Thrones

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:, or follow me on Twitter.

Funny and true:

There are sentences we hear in our lives that stick with us and grow deep, strong roots in our souls. We remember these idioms because they are poetic and resonant, disturbing and brilliant. They become mantras, guiding lights. We seek these phrases in times of joy or need. I myself hold onto one of these sentences: a beautiful sequence of words that has rattled around my brain since 2015 when “Mother’s Mercy,” the season five finale of Game Of Thrones aired. It is the line that Tyene Sand — one of the Sand Snakes — whispers to Bronn which is, to quote directly, “You want a good girl, but you need the bad pussy.” You want a good girl, but you need the bad pussy. This is my cellar door. Not only is it a direct flirt said to the hottest character*, it is also one of the most astoundingly awful sentences I’ve heard uttered aloud. I love it. I think about saying it on every date I’ve ever been on. I want to make it my email signature. One time I almost said it aloud at Chase Bank. I cannot escape it. What perfectly encapsulates all that I love and hate about Game Of Thrones is that the episode went on to win an Emmy — for writing! Congratulations, truly, on that incredible accomplishment. I like to think the award went to You want a good girl, but you need the bad pussy alone.

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