(No, this doesn’t contain spoilers. At least not really.)
I’m reading A Song of Ice and Fire (aka “the Game of Thrones books”), and I just finished the second book, A Clash of Kings, today on the subway. I’ve seen Season One of the series on shoddy European links, but I’m super excited to watch every episode this coming weekend when HBO marathons both seasons.*
A few days ago, I set my DVR to record the series, and I noticed that a Season Two episode, “Garden of Bones,” had recorded. I thought, “Sure, I can watch this. I’ve already read this part,” upon reading the episode description.
Anyway, in the Dany storyline, she arrives at Qarth and encounters the Thirteen. This episode marks the introduction of recurring character Xaro Xhoan Daxos. And to my racist surprise, British actor Nonso Anozie (who is black) had been cast as Xaro.
Why is this a surprise? I guess I had envisioned Xaro as white while reading the book. Which is completely illogical. First of all, Xaro is a desert guy. I mean, if you’re from the desert, you’re probably not pasty. Secondly, he’s a part of Dany’s storyline. Almost nobody in Dany’s storyline (except Dany and Ser Jorah, who is only there because he’s an exiled knight) is white. Everybody else is Dothraki or some other nomadic warrior tribe-person in the desert. (Not to mention, everybody who IS white in the books refers to the Dothraki and the other nomadic warrior desert tribes as “savages,” which I don’t think has historically ever really been used to describe white people.)
Why do I envision everybody as white? I’M not even white! Also, at least a third of the world is, like, solely Chinese and Indian. This doesn’t even include all the Asians, not to mention the other non-whites. According to Wikipedia, white people only constitute like 12-13% of the world population. SO WHY DO I ENVISION EVERYBODY AS WHITE?
Anyway, I’m a little sickened with myself.
* Special thanks to Kevin at Time Warner Cable who was charmed by pitied me when I called last week to set up my account. He asked, “So do you like to watch movies?” and I replied, “Well, yeah, but I don’t like to pay for them,” and for some reason, he decided to reward my frankness with a full year of free HBO. Moral of the story: tell the truth because somebody might feel sorry for you. Also, Kevin rocks.