A blog by Jacqueline Tabora

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I never jumped in the bandwagon of Game of Thrones following until Season 5. How would I be in the know when in the last one and a half years, I do not have cable television nor have my own television set?! I don't know anything about the show, nor am I familiar with the storyline. All I know is that it is often the talked-about topic appearing on my Facebook newsfeed from people on my friends list (Who the heck is Jon Snow? Oh, maybe he is the protagonist of the series. Pfft.). I also heard about the series because it is often mentioned on the radio program I listen to (whose DJs are viewers of the show and some other foreign TV programs from the US. Taking down notes just in case I get bored and want to see any of it).


So, Game of Thrones. I was able to see it just this month. Yes, all those five seasons showed since 2010. This is a fantasy-themed series where magic and dragons and religions we have not heard of are common. Set on a period (medieval?) where mutilation and mass killings are the main forms of capital punishment that draw a large public audience, whether to cheer or mourn for the death of the one being punished and staking the head of the mutilated to a spear is the very manifestation of a threat or a warning to those who would try to go up against the dominants. Gross and inhumane to us who do not live in that day and age, I know.


From the title itself, it is a competition (READ: war) of thrones (READ: people/family who's in power). Many would think that the show only revolves around the grabbing of high public positions, titles, and monarchy, or whatever makes one a renowned name in the city, but if we delve deeper, or so in my case which I did, there are underlying stories that we can learn from the whole show, each character and each situation that is shown throughout the 5 seasons in the last 5 years of the show.


THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE IN-BETWEENS


Despite the various families introduced in the series, three stood out for me. The Starks, the Lannisters, and the Tyrells. The flow of the story made it obvious that the Starks are the ones fighting for the good. They are the principled, loyal and fighters-for-what-is-right people who were once at peace, until the head of the family was beheaded unexpectedly when he was believed to be granted mercy, thus the start of a war. Then there comes the "bad" family, the Lannisters, whose immense thirst for power and recognition pushes them to do unjust things towards people to keep their name afloat of the society. And lastly the Tyrells, who are contented of their position in the society, but when presented with an opportunity that cannot be refused, or a chance to keep them surviving whether it is from the bad or the good, will be much willing to participate.


From these families, we can reflect on how life's blessings and punishments affect us. In my cases, it made me realize that power and wealth, can be the instigator of anything good or bad. Power and wealth can make someone lead and initiate progress, yet it can also be the root of slavery and inequality in society. Both are craved by the rich and famous, and the poor and unknown but it is only through the utilization of it do we realize how these can change our fate in the world.


HUMANS REALLY HAVE DIFFERENT NATURES


Who kills just because they want to be entertained? Who betrays a friend when he or she feels like he or she is becoming just the shadow of the friend? Who brings justice into their own hands when they feel like the justice they are longing for hasn't been served yet? Who manipulates to keep the majority in favor of them? Who goes beyond what is right just to get what they want?


The show gave me the chance to see the many different faces of many different people; of all walks of life in different parts of the kingdoms. People have different personas. They have varying reasons for doing what they do, and they have just or unjustly ways of doing the necessary to get what they want.


THE GOOD DOES NOT ALWAYS WIN OVER THE BAD


Killing Ned Stark, (who I thought was the protagonist and hero of the story in Season 1) who only wants to make what is wrong becomes right and practice the "Honesty is the best policy" saying? How about the murder of the rest of his family who thought they were welcomed guests in a wedding and that the misunderstandings are buried in the past? Or bullying a dwarf just because you thought he is not good in anything?


This series showed that not all who are in the right necessarily will triumph over the wrong. Game of Thrones makes us realize the reality, that sometimes somewhere, the opposite is true. The bad ones do the dirty things because they feel like they are in the right. And those who think that they always have the upper hand violates and belittles those who think are below them. Everybody's hungry for superiority and dominance and everybody will do what it takes for them not to look the second choice or the second best.


IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY FOR KARMA, BUT IT'S NEVER TOO LATE FOR REPENTANCE


Everybody will get a chance of their lives, only if they know when to get it and when to use it. I saw and thought about karma and repentance when the story focused on Jamie Lannister. He got to experience both worlds of being the inferior and superior one. He was once the celebrated/notorious Kingslayer, yet he also became the one who almost got slain by his captors. That is karma. And the scene when his nephew (truth be told, his son by incest) slapped on his face that he is known for nothing else but a traitor who killed his king, could be the pivotal factor for his soon-to-be repentance. I guess there are few people who take it to heart the hard lessons of life, just like his character. Struck deep down his ego, he chose another path which he thinks is the better path for him in the long term, and that is to become a responsible and just human being (as the Season 5 showed).


Many people might have watched Game of Thrones just for its entertainment value; for the blood, sex, good-looking characters or even just to keep tabs on what's hot and what's new on TV. But hey, reading deeper about what you see will get you no harm, eh?

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