Show!Varys is slightly less secretive than book!Varys (quite a few longing glances towards the throne) and I think this is mostly a product of the adaptation’s choice to move past the POV format and focus on other characters as well.
In both versions Lord Varys is a very loud presence. In the books it is said that he smells of lilacs and dresses extravagantly and even on the show his appearance is very characteristic (and Conleth Hill’s face is just a treasure, if not exactly subtle), which is interesting considering he is the master of spies and can look any way he wishes. This is how he chooses to appear at court. There is the underlying sense that he has many faces and takes the whole ‘players on a stage’ slightly more literally than most.
Out of all the Varys theories I believe that the Blackfyre theory (spoilers in the link) is the most plausible and probable, but at this point I’m not even 100% convinced he’s a eunuch (tbh I’m not 100% sure about anything anymore except that Ned is dead
What is unique about Varys is that he is not a noble (at least he hasn’t been revealed as one), but he holds immense power. It’s not because of his wealth, his bloodline or his beliefs. People call him Lord Varys out of fear. In his own riddle the struggle for power is between a king(Duty), a septon(Morality) and a rich man(Self). Conveniently missing is the figure in the shadows, with his flock of little birds, that knows everyone’s secrets. Truth. The man that holds power over truth is a man to be feared.
We rarely see him act upon this, since his entire performance is a balancing act, but that is about to change.
I believe he is one of the most dangerous players (especially in light of most recent book events) and one that contrary to his own words (and no surprises there), isn’t afraid to get his hands a little dirty. A little bloody. And I think we shall see more of this in the future.
I have encountered an argument that goes something like this: we should tolerate anonymous racist and sexist speech online because, to quote an acquaintance, “it’s good to know how much sexism and racism is out there.”
I understand the abstract appeal of this line of reasoning. But in practice it’s a remarkably privileged argument to pursue. Most women and people of color already know there’s plenty of sexism and racism in the world. So saying “it’s good to know how much sexism and racism is out there” is really a demand for those of us who are targeted by sexism and racism to put up with its damaging consequences in order to educate the blissfully ignorant folks who will never have to put up with identity-based attacks themselves.
Such an argument minimizes the harm to targets of identity-based harassment while privileging an alleged benefit to people who are oblivious to discrimination — and who are apparently too lazy to educate themselves in any other manner than by passively observing anonymous online slurs."
"…trolling used to be pretty funny and almost entirely harmless. Trolling, despite the modern usage, does not mean “the act of pissing somebody off and laughing about their anger.” It is “the act of pissing somebody off BASED ON SOMETHING COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS and laughing about their MISPLACED anger.” It isn’t considered trolling to leave a comment full of racial epithets and laugh when people “don’t get it.” It is trolling if you leave a comment insisting on the wrong information about something irrelevant – how many runes are on a Stargate, for example (everybody knows its 12) – and wait for the ONE guy that just can’t let the transgression pass. If you start a fake fight with Prof. Stargate, dragging him deeper and deeper until hopefully, finally, even he has to stop and think “wait a minute, this is ridiculous,” that is trolling. That’s the difference: No actual harm is caused, and even the victim can eventually get in on the joke. “Trolling” isn’t referring to hiding behind a fortification and trying to hurt people like the mythical creature. It’s referring to the style of fishing – you drag bait across the bottom hoping to get a rare bite. It’s not ‘bait’ if you’re earnestly spouting your misogynistic beliefs and somebody gets upset. There’s nothing funny about entirely justified anger."
PROTECT and DEFEND trans women
if you put trans women in danger because you can’t help running your fucking mouth, you are the ENEMY and will be ERADICATED
if you are a cis person who scrolled past this without reblogging because you don’t feel like it’s a necessary message for your other cis friends to see, i want you to know you’ve made it that much harder to trust you