Cutthroat Diversity

Peter Dinklage won his first Emmy award Sunday for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s ground-breaking medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones.  Game of Thrones is based off of  a series of popular fantasy novels entitled “A Song of Fire and Ice” and chronicles the violent conflicts and struggles between noble families vying for control of the ‘Iron Throne’.  The unprecedented genre series has been called a darker ‘Lord of the Rings’ made for television.  Thrones enjoys stunning visuals, exceptional storytelling, strong writing, dense mythology, superb acting, and an ensemble cast.  The series focuses primarily on political and military conflicts between four major powers: House Lannister, House Baratheon, House Targaryen, and House Stark.  Just like the real four major powers, these ones certainly have their differences.  House Lannister is characterized by its financial strength and stability: being the Guardian house of the realm, it is known that ‘a Lannister always pays his debts’.  House Baratheon is known for being wild and impuslive: being the Artisan house, ‘usurper’ King Robert Baratheon admittedly was ‘better at taking the throne than keeping it’.  House Targaryen is characterized by mysticism and hope: being the Idealist house that is fabled to have a kinship with dragons.  Lastly House Stark is characterized by its adherence to reason and pragmatism: being the Rational house that knows ‘Winter is Coming’.  All four houses constantly struggle for power much as all four temperaments do the same.  Game of Thrones season 2 has been cast and is coming Spring 2012.

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7 Responses to Cutthroat Diversity

  1. Kimsie says:

    …stannis could use some of that impulsivity 😉

  2. Garrett Gray says:

    In the books (which are phenomenal) Eddard Stark is profoundly Guardian, those less so in the HBO series. Also, I would have typed Tywin Lannister as a Rational, but if you haven’t read the books, you probably don’t know too much about him yet.

    • Yes they always called him an “honorable fool”. I suppose I was referring more to the Stark house then Ned himself. No I haven’t read the books but I heard they’re really good. From your perspective how does the series stack up compared?

      • Garrett Gray says:

        The series is really good, but in my personal opinion, the books make up the best fantasy series ever written. Perhaps second only to Lord of the Rings. The HBO producers do really well with what they can, but I think it’s impossible to capture the breadth and depth of the work outside of the books themselves. Also, a number of the characters stand as phenomenal temperamental examples; even characters only introduced for one chapter feel intensely individual.

  3. Indeed the producers etc. always say that what makes the series so great is that every single character is human and has very real and human flaws and problems. I’ve watched quite a few interviews with George R.R. Martin and he seems like a very interesting guy. Rational perhaps? He seems extremely well-versed on all of the background knowledge that he used to supplement his fiction. I’m so excited to see what happens in Season 2!

    • Garrett Gray says:

      Me too! I’ve had a hard time figuring out Martin’s temperament. The series is incredibly complex and thoroughly developed, so I had thought he might be a Rational, but when I was initially reading it I assumed he was an Artisan because of the sensual vividness he wields so artfully.

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