May 22, 2014

5 Game of Thrones Characters I Have a Love Hate Relationship With

Whilst characters in traditional fantasy fiction tend to obviously be either good or evil, Game of Thrones is filled with gray characters. There are a few obviously good ones but they aren't quite as interesting character wise. So it's no surprise that I would of course have developed a love hate relationship with a few of the characters. I'll try and keep things vaguely spoiler free and not go beyond what we've seen so far in the show. So, in no particular order...

1. Catelyn Stark
Catelyn is a rather standard mother and wife that clearly loves her family but her inability to accept Jon Snow is her downfall. Although I can understand why she'd hate her daily reminder of her husband cheating on her, I can't stand the way she treats a kid who has no mother and neither can Catelyn herself. In the books, Robb Stark wanted to name Jon Snow as heir to Winterfell but Catelyn insisted that all bastards and their children are not to be trusted as they would stop at nothing to ensure they get to inherit it. Daym dat prejudice.

2. Tywin Lannister
Tywin is a character hard not to admire, especially for his ability to shut up Joffrey. I never thought much of him book wise but love the extra character development we get in the show. His scenes with Arya compared to his relationship with his family is very telling on how he is one of those parents who are so tough on his own kids thus damaging his relationship with his children. It's rather ironic considering how much he emphasises the importance of family and painfully obvious that it's the family's reputation and honor that really matters to him.
Bonus Points: He reminds me of my own parents.

3. Danaerys Targaeryn 
Danaerys is a character that I have very conflicting feelings with, on the one hand it's been pretty awesome to watch her go from timid innocent girl to a powerful badass woman. However, in the process she caused the death of my main piece of eye candy in the show, but that also makes her more interesting. I also feel like she's earned none of her power and am rather tired of watching her order people around. She also doesn't know how her family history and know that her father was known as the mad king yet plans on ruling Westeros.

4. Jamie Lannister
At the start of the series my thoughts on Jamie was simple especially with the twincest, being a child killer and kingslayer, clearly he's scum. However, we eventually learn that by killing the King he saved all of King's landing and his father. In defense of his incest, at least he has so far been devoted to Cersei whilst she hasn't been. He's also the only Lannister that really gets along with Tyrion. However, that doesn't excuse his kid killing and the recent uncomfortable rape scene.

5. Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger
For so long I dismissed Peter Baelish as a sweet guy who was unfortunate enough to experience unrequited love. The fact that he could never get over Catelyn always came off as adorable rather than obsessive. My mind was blown when I learned that he was responsible for Jon Arryn's death which brought Ned Stark to Kings Landing to begin with along with all of the drama that is Game of Thrones. Littlefinger is clearly the king of shit stirring. 

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