Does ‘Game of Thrones’ Need a Hero?

“What kind of king do you want to be?” Talisa
“I don’t know — the good kind? Robb Stark

Great question – what I love about GofT is that NONE of the characters seem to be guaranteed of success. So far any character’s ascendence is only temporary – Dany’s Mother of Dragons rise to power now reversed to powerlessness… love the complexity.

Here’s what Indiewire opens up with:

“In “Baelor,” the penultimate episode of season one, “Game of Thrones” made a startling statement when it brought Ned Stark (Sean Bean) up in chains in front of an angry crowd at King’s Landing to face accusations of trying to overthrow new ruler Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). Ned was in the right — Joffrey is not the legitimate heir to the kingdom — and as an honorable man and a loving father concerned with doing the just thing, he was also the closest thing the series had to a protagonist. In order to protect his daughters, he confessed to treason anyway, swearing fealty to the young, vicious king as part of a deal that seemed poised to have him sent away into exile in the north, where he’d join his illegitimate son Jon Snow (Kit Harington), regroup and come back slightly tarnished but with an army of Night’s Watch allies at his back.

But he didn’t. Instead, he died, beheaded in front of his children, taking with him any standard expectations about where the story would go and its apparent moral center. It was a moment all the more shocking for being found in a genre known for straightforward delineations of good and evil and for tales of likely or unlikely heroes battling for the salvation of the kingdom, the princess, et cetera. In the stroke of a sword, “Game of Thrones” set itself apart from those stories and made it evident, if it wasn’t already, that it was no “Lord of the Rings.”
And in its second season, the George R. R. Martin-based series has been even clearer that honor and propriety are qualities more conveniently applied as polish to events after they take place, and that underneath the flowery talk these are tribes brutally skirmishing for supremacy. The lesson seen in Ned Stark’s execution is that the qualities that make a good leader in this world aren’t necessarily the ones that make a good man or woman….”

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