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House Greyjoy in Season 1

Posted: April 26, 2012 by mac5518 in Game of Thrones Season 1

House Greyjoy

 

Motto

“We Do Not Sow”

 

The Greyjoys are an ancient noble house that have a strong history as skilled sailors and maundering soldiers.  Unlike several of the other great houses in Westeros who worship the “seven” with a few exceptions like the starks, the Greyjoys who call themselves the “ironborn” worship the “Drowned God.”  They are very similar to the Medieval Vikings preferring to raid, pillage, and rape rather than negotiate and use diplomacy.  This is evident by their “words” “we do not sow” rather they believe you can sow and they will take what you sow.  Their sigil is a golden Kraken on a black field. The Greyjoys have almost a disdain for the people of continental Westeros ,which they call the “greenlands”, all of the leaders of the Greyjoys prefer their traditional way of life, taking their possession and prizes the “iron” way rather than with Gold.

 

Their holdings include the entire of the Iron Islands with their keep at Pyke. Currently the head of the house is Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands, King of Salt and Rock, Son of the Sea Wind, Lord Reaper of Pyke, Captain of the Great Kraken.

 

 

During Robert Baratheon’s rebellion, Balon Greyjoy, saw an opportunity to capitalize on a weak kingdom, and decided to name himself King of the Iron Islands, however; with the help of the Lord Stark the rebellion was crushed and 2 of Balon’s heirs were slaughtered leaving only one son, Theon, and a daughter, Asha who Balon views as his heir.

 

In order to secure Balon’s loyalty his youngest son, Theon, became Lord Starks ward.  As seen below Theon walks a tricky line between staying true to his roots as a Greyjob who bitterely hate the Starks, and respecting the man and family that raised him as one of their own.  This becomes a serious internal struggle for Theon in the second book.

 

 

House Lannister

Posted: April 24, 2012 by mac5518 in Game of Thrones Season 1

House Lannister

 

Motto: “Hear Me Roar”

House Lannister is one of the major houses of Westeros. They are the principle house of the Westerlands, and their stronghold or “seat” is at Casterely Rock which is located just outside Lannisport, and is rumored to be one of the best defended fortresses in the country having never been taken according to tradition.

The Lannisters are one of the most recognizable families in the seven kingdoms.  All of whom possess indistinguishable golden blonde hair and green eyes, a characteristic that leads several hand’s of the King, including John Arryn and Lord Eddard Stark to discover the incestuous relationship of Ser Jamie Lannister and Cersi Lannister whose children who are falsely presented as heirs of King Robert Baratheon and heirs to the Iron Throne.

House Lannister is one of the richest families in Westeros, having the largest gold mine in the realm under Casterly Rock.  In both the series and the book the Lannister’s use their excessive wealth to accomplish their devious and personal ambitions.  The family is so wealthy that common sayings such as “Rich as a Lannister” and a “Lannister always pays his debts” are sometimes confused as their families motto.  Several of the main characters in the series, A song and Ice and Fire, are Lannisters, they include: Lord Tywin, Ser Jamie the “Kingslayer”, Queen Cersi, and Tyrion.  Lord Tywin Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock & Shield of Lannisport Warden of the West, is head of the house. As seen below,

 

Lord Tywin is constantly described as a proven military leader, who conducts his matters in a shrewd, merciless manner. During the rebellion of Robert Baratheon Lord Tywin maintained a neutral stance in the War up until it was all but over.  His major desire is to see him House live on through the ages. Lord Tywin has three children, Queen Cersi, Ser Jamie, and Lord Tyrion as seen below

Lord Tywin’s wife died giving birth to Tyrion often called “the imp” a name he despises.  Tyrion, one my favorite and most intriguing characters in the series and is featured on the far right. Tyrion is a deformed dwarf who lives a lavish wanton lifestyle; he is often degraded by several characters throughout the series including his own family members aside from his brother,Ser Jamie. He is often seen drinking wine, whoring, and reading.  He is the most underestimated characters in the novel. Tyrion and Lord Tywin have a completely dysfunctional relationship, both despise the other and make very little attempt to hide this. Thus far in the series Tyrion has demonstrated his uncanny ability to stay alive and talk his way out of dangerous situations.

After Robert Baratheon’s rebellion comes to an end; in order to maintain power and peace Robert weds Cersi Lannister. Cersi who claims she originally loved Robert, but who never reciprocated any affection or feelings of love eventually engages in an incestuous relationship with her twin brother Ser Jamie that leads to the birth of 3 children Joffrey, Tommen, and Myrcella.  Cersi is an ambitious women concerned only with her own children.

House Lannister is one of the largest and most complex Houses in the entire series.  All the major characters mentioned above have qualities that the audience may respect and relate to, but overall the House is the major antagonist in the series.  In the first book and season, the audience constantly cheers against this house say with the possible exception of Tyrion.

Episode 1 Poll

Posted: April 17, 2012 by mac5518 in Game of Thrones Season 1

Game of Thrones is a fantasy novel that largely takes place in the mythical realm known as Westeros.  It is commonly confused as the title of the entire series, but is actually the first book of the series A Song of Ice and Fire.  In the first season HBO producers and directors surprisingly followed rather closely to the actual story in the book.  Like in the prologue of the book, the series greets the audience with the men of the night’s watch who patrol the enormous northern “wall” and protect the realm from what lies beyond.  The series opens following a patrol of rangers, the main force behind the night’s watch, who encounter a legendary and mythical creature known as the “others” in the books commonly referred to as the white walkers in the series.   This initial scene is extremely effective in drawing in the audience while serving as a gateway to introduce the other main characters in the series. One of the most powerful contributions Game of Thrones offers to its avid followers is a complete and well casted crew of actors.

Sean Bean who plays Lord Eddard Stark  is no stranger to a medieval lord.  He once played the character Boromir of Gondor in Lord of the Rings.  His description in the book is very similar to the appearance displayed in the first episode.  He is described as broad faced, stern man with a long jaw and demanding appearance.  In the first episode we see his harsh but prudent approach to life where he makes his son, Bran, a mere child of 10 witness an execution of a deserter of the nights watch.  The Starks were once kings in the “North”, and can trace their descent from Brendon the Builder and the Kings of Winter, but have long since pledged their loyalty to the Iron Throne king once dominated by House Targaryen and now House Baratheon and House Lannister  .  Their sigil is a grey direwolf on an ice-white field. As seen below Sean Bean naturally fills this character’s role.