The new Pope Video is out, and the Bear has to hand it to Pope Francis this time. The theme is something about indigenous people. Like, leave us alone, unless you're giving us stuff. But it is by far the best Pope Video yet.
It begins with Daenerys Targaryen, First of Her Name, Khaleesi of the Grass Sea, The Unburnt, The Mother of Dragons, The Breaker of Chains, in indigenous Dothraki dress, stepping up to a podium in an empty hall as the usual synthesized score plays. Soft lighting behind her reveals an indigenous Dothraki royal tent and a servant steps up and begins braiding Daenerys' hair.
Without speaking a word, she produces a horse heart and consumes it in a montage of very short takes. With her face covered in blood, she addresses the camera directly.
"I have many titles, but now I wish to address you simply as Daenerys Targaryen, First of My Name, Khaleesi of the Grass Sea. I love my loyal indigenous Dothraki subjects, who will soon cross the Narrow Sea in wooden horses along with their mounts.
"I speak for the Sheep People, and the Wildings, as well, and all indigenous folk who do not get a clockwork city of their own in the opening credits. I'm not sure if the Ice Zombies are indigenous, but we'll include them to be on the safe side.
"The Dothraki ways may not be yours, but they deserve to be respected. Except for that giant dome for ex-Khaleesis, which I incinerated along with everyone in it. Leave us alone. Just like we would leave you alone if I did not have an enormous fleet, Dothraki horse lords, the Unsullied, the Second Sons and a squadron of fire-breathing dragons. Oh, and that dwarf, the eunuch and the old guy with the crush on me. As if.
"Swear obedience to your rightful queen, people of the Seven Kingdoms!"
Fade to familiar "Pope Video" closing title.
Quick commercial for free, no-strings-attached gift of a professionally produced audio book of Judging Angels, Chapter 1: Last Things, read...
The Bear's Article on Religion as a Near Occasion of Sin Was Prescient Today, no holy water. Its absence represents the spiritua...
Guest Author! Many of us in the West are fascinated by icons, but we tend to not "get" the whole idea, with often lamentable resu...
"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20 NABRE). Bear Gets By ...