You know, I was having a conversation with Kelly the other day about everything going on in Meereen with Daenerys gone, and I came to a realization about some things.
First, I realized that I am just not that invested in everything happening across the Narrow Sea in Essos. I know, Daenerys is there, and she’s a major character, and now Tyrion and Varys are there too, blah blah blah. But honestly, most of the stuff that happens in Essos is mostly stuff I put up with until the next time the North comes on. I like Braavos, because that is the city where the Faceless Men are, and because it is where Syrio Forel was from. I think I also admire them for being so anti-slavery. There is something inherently admirable about a city founded by escaped slaves rising to such a prominent place in the world, even to the point where they are literally bankers to everyone. If I was going to be in Essos, I would be in Braavos.
And upon reflection, I think I figured out why I don’t like the other cities as much, and why I really, really, really don’t like the Sons of the Harpy. The Sons of the Harpy are (mostly) former slave owners who are unhappy with this “foreign” occupying force, and with those who cooperate with them. They are unhappy about someone coming in and ending all of their long-lived but otherwise awful traditions, like slavery, the fighting pits, and eating puppies*. They prefer to come at night (at least in the books) and strike guerilla-warfare style, outnumbering their foes, all while wearing masks to disguise their identities.
In other words…
the Sons of the Harpy are the Ku Klux Klan of Essos.
YEAH. I SAID IT.
Seriously, the analogy works. Pointy white hoods are traded for gold Harpy masks, and the Confederate flag is traded for a big ugly golden statue with claws and boobs. The Grand Wizard is the Harpy. They hate the fact that their slaves are free, and they hate the Yankees/Unsullied who freed them. And speaking of the “foreign” troops that are occupying their city? They are ex-slaves themselves, just like many of the Union soldiers who occupied the South during the Civil War and afterward. It is why Grey Worm was able to relate to those slaves like Mossador in Meereen and convince them to rise up against their masters. But now the former masters want to return the slaves to slavery, as they have apparently already done in both Astapor and Yunkai.
Man. No wonder I hate these guys. I hope the dragons eat more of them.
*I really can’t stand the fact that they eat puppies. WHERE IS THE PETA OF ESSOS, GEORGE?!?