Vid: "Mineshaft" (Game of Thrones, Ros) / Challenge 2013
A Ros (Game of Thrones) character study, made for Vividcon 2013 Challenge amnesty. ("Mineshaft", Dessa)
(See the end of the work for notes.)
To the bottom of the mineshaft
The list of things I used to be is longer than the list of things I am
Ex-communicated atheist, ex-patriot
Living in the heartland
Living on the small chance
Luck would save the last dance
For an underrated writer, overrated rapper
Undecided major on an unrelated matter
One day I'd like to say what all the tug-o-war was for
More than slack rope, more than sun stroke
Them rum soaked in sad jokes at rap shows
Some folks know how slow that trap closes,
Prose is closest I've ever been to feeling like I found it
I'm not a writer I just drink a lot about it
If diamonds are a girl's best friend
Then you can share a fine laugh and you can
Send me back to the bottom of the mineshaft
I've been here before and I know where it goes
It goes down (It goes down)
The plans that we made and the bills and the planes over downtown
This vid was almost entirely born from an interview I read with the show creators where they explained that since there was a lot exposition to do, they might as well have a character to act as someone "being talked to" and basically... what better than a
halfnaked girl. And in the second season, they needed the point of view of the small people, so let's use her too. From her conception, Ros was meant to have very little agency other than someone who served a multitude of purposes to other people ("the list of things I used to be is longer than the list of things I am"). She does have agency though - she makes her own decisions, climbs the ladder herself... and when she accepts someone else's advice, she get killed... to illustrate the cruelty of two characters.
Because of her role on the show though, the best way to illustrate the character was by looking through her eyes rather than looking at her, so I used more "symbolic" shots pretty liberally.
Rewatching season 2 after knowing the fate that awaited her, the speech that Littlefinger gives her when she's crying over the Baratheon bastards being killed was especially chilling. He basically spells out, word for word, what eventually will happen to her.
Beyond her role in furthering male narratives, Ros really seemed to be a darker mirror of Sansa to me. Their relationships with Joffrey in season 2 definitely echoed one another, and they both had a similar trajectory for the marvel of King's Landing to its horrors slowly coming to the surface.
The challenge theme I chose for this vid was "Fuck You", but "self-portrait" also works.