GoT – My View of it All

Does this post contain spoilers? I’m not sure, but if you don’t want to read about Game of Thrones or the ending or what it’s all about, don’t read.

Warning complete.

I’m going to name the underlying arc everyone seems to have missed:

The Double-Edged Sword of Family Politics

There, that’s what it’s all about. Family and politics, families as they play at politics, pretending it’s all for family, and how it turns out for those without family.

Oh, yes, Dany had family. She found him at the end, but the politics of family, as demonstrated through the entire story, meant she had two choices for her last remaining relative:

Remove him, or lose the drive for vengeance

The drive for vengeance is demonstrated by the motif and icon of the metal throne, built with the swords of an enemy defeated by her ancestors.


The show starts with the family who protects the north, who take the issues of their bannermen, the associate protectors of the north, to the city that holds the seat of power. The Stark family, their sense of honour, the upholding of their banner and its words. Family.

The lone wolf dies, the pack survives.

{But at the end, they’re separated, going their own way, despite the extreme saga that showed them the price of not having family. We’ll just ignore this little niggle that goes against all the buried theme elements.}

It’s always been about family, what people do for family, what family means, how to ‘show them’ what it means …

The final season shoves it down the gullet, in very displeasing chunks:

The Imp goes first to find his remaining family, after his act of treason to release his brother – knowing it will be his end. He offers to sacrifice his own life for the slim possibility that his brother can save his sister.

Family comes first, it seems.

John, the bastard, told his half-sisters who he really was, despite being begged by the woman he loved to not say a word. ‘I have to,’ he said, ‘they’re my family.’

Family comes first.

The final season was all about stripping Dany of everything that could be considered family. Take it all away, and what does it leave?

Yes, anger and frustration and aloneness. She did what she did because everyone who professed to love her always chose family, blood family, ahead of their love or admiration for her. They isolated her, chose to recall all the manner of madnesses that came from her family name.

Of course, John’s blood doesn’t apply. It has the ice of the north in his veins, so he has to be forgiven, doesn’t he? He’s the right blood, the right family, the stock of the winners of the final game.

* As an aside, Sansa: She dreamed of being Queen, and the journey through this story showed her what it takes to become one. The lessons were hard, they had to be. It’s not an easy path, is it?

PS: I’m a writer, so I was looking for the deep underlying theme that held it all together over so much of the epic saga that came to dominate the lives and worlds of so many.

Did I like it?

*That’s something I’m not saying – I was studying it, looking for what it was that enthralled … maybe*

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7 thoughts on “GoT – My View of it All

  1. I enjoyed it, but I came late to it and didn’t invest 8 years of my life like some did. It’s just entertainment after all. I had some criticisms, but overall I thought it was well done. Definitely there was the blood family theme throughout, dominating any romance.

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  2. I loved it, the whole she-bang! Like Paula noted above, we came to it quite late, around the time Season 5 or 6 was aired, I think. Anyway, I even liked the ending, despite so many people crying that it was the worst ending ever. I thought it was quite circular, really (I’m sure there’s a correct term, but I don’t know what it is).

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