So I’ve been watching Game of Thrones for a minute, and I’ve only one book left in the current A Song of I and Fire [series]. Like you, I know that Jeyne Westerling is Robb’s wife in the book, which causes discord among his army men because he was supposed to marry a Frey. Also like you, I know that Lady Talisa is Robb’s love interest (now lover) on the show, who is going to cause discord among his army men because he is (still) supposed to marry a Frey.
So the question is, is Lady Talisa a new character thrust upon us to show some unneeded insight into Robb’s character that we were already getting anyway? Or is she Jeyne Westerling in disguise? According to the Game of Thrones Wiki, she was supposed to be Jeyne Westerling in disguise.
Originally, Oona Chaplin was announced as playing ‘Jeyne’, leading to fan speculation that she would be playing either Jeyne Westerling or Jeyne Poole, a friend and companion of Sansa Stark’s who accompanies her to King’s Landing. It was later announced to be Jeyne Westerling. However Chaplin’s character introduces herself as Talisa when she first appears. She goes on to say that she is from the Free City of Volantis.
Now this hurts me, just a little bit, because I swore up and down that Talisa as some new broad sent to screw with our minds. I could live with Jeyne Westerling, but it is extremely apparent that I’ve no love for Talisa; Ros had better reasoning to be around.
What’ll really be interesting is the reveal. Is Talisa really Jeyne Westerling, or did they rewrite her character as a Lannister spy? Either way, she lied to Robb. Robb, being Ned Stark’s son, isn’t going to take that lightly.
Her lie wasn’t small and had to involve quite a few people seeing as how Jeyne is from the Crag, and they literally just came from there. People had to know who she really was. When your lie has to be helped by other people who are in on it, it has officially become dangerous. A lesser man would’ve flayed their skins off.
In any case, Tulisa may or may not be Jeyne Westerling in disguise. What do you think will happen when the truth of it is revealed?
I wrote this originally three years ago, when Talisa Maegyr showed up on Game of Thrones as a Jeyne Westerling replacement. She is not, in fact, Jeyne Westerling in disguise. However, to this day, I still can’t tell you why that was a good idea, but I’m pretty sure it was because they didn’t want that loose end running around. Why they needed a whole other character for that is beyond me.
Originally written for fangirlx.tumblr.com