Game of Thrones: A Battle of Reality Versus Fantasy

Game of Thrones is a Shakespearean drama besieged by a zombie movie. It revolves around the question “What is power ?, ” and in its most profound minutes it offers a leisurely musing on the fluidity of jurisdiction. At other meters, it precisely bombards observers with the latest special effects.

The clash of categories is reflected in the history of Westeros itself, which can be seen as an epic combat between actuality and fantasy. The story primarily concentrating on one flawed but realistic family–the Lannisters–that conducted a desperate and apparently hopeless struggle against a stretching multitude of demonic, magical, and superhuman powers.

To the east, the Lannisters faced Daenerys Targaryen, who could walk unscathed through volley, and be able to rely ferocious dragons to burn and awe her adversaries. To the countries of the north, the Stark clan was bad at politics and finance, but the family boasted one daughter who was a shapeshifting assassin, one lad who turned into the “three-eyed raven” and experienced the offering of deduce perceptions, and another Christ-like stepson who died to save humanity and then miraculously came back to life. Even significantly to the north hid the most terrifying( and boring) enemy of all: the Army of Dead, which relentlessly paraded south to defeat Westeros and destroy “peoples lives”.( Luckily the dead made their epoch, so there was ample scope for most interesting incidents to enfold .)

For a while, the most immediate threat to the Lannisters came neither from the shapeshifting Starks nor from the fire-breathing dragons, but instead from Stannis Baratheon–another competitor for the Iron Throne–who circumvented the capital city of King’s Landing. Though on the face of it Stannis was a cold-blooded general, in fact he was a lackey of the potent red magician. She destroyed her opponents with black magic, could give birth to beasts, and was even capable of raising parties from the dead. Last-minute on, the Lannisters nearly lost restraint of King’s Landing to a fanatic religious sect ability by an boorish and power-hungry monk.

In the face of this otherworldly encirclement, the Lannisters never lost their heart, or their pragmatism. While their contenders relied on sorcery, wizardry, and belief, the Lannisters relied almost exclusively on discipline, commerce, and realpolitik to maintain their grip on the Iron Throne and the Seven Kingdoms.

The Lannisters initially met their fortunes from their gold mine, and their family motto said that they always pay their debts. How down to earth–especially when compared to the Stark’s cataclysmic “Winter is coming” and the Greyjoys’s mysterious “What is dead may never die.” In the first season the Lannisters outmaneuvered the Starks and captivated the Iron Throne by the simple ruse of bribing the city’s guards–something the Starks would not even consider. In precede seasons the Lannisters deployed all their political and fiscal talents against the mysterious Starks, and with the help of subterfuge, slaughter, and adroit matrimony partnerships, they managed to defeat Robb Stark and even make the Stark home base at Winterfell.

When Stannis Baratheon assaulted King’s Landing, the Lannisters rebuffed him with chemistry: They manufactured gunpowder to burn down Baratheon’s fleet. When the religious freaks virtually captivated the capital city, gunpowder came in handy again, and Cersei Lannister decimated the zealots by blowing them up inside the city’s main temple.