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Bad Advice for 5 Game of Thrones Characters

Putting the sense in senseless violence.

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Hannah Sternberg

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June 13, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Tyrion is a strategic genius, on the battlefield and in the account books. He can defend a city and then help rebuild it and get its budget back on track. He’d be a great president, combining strong skills in both domestic policy and national security. But he’s the continual underdog. What’s holding him back? His fear of his father. Fear, and a desperate need for approval that he tries very hard to hide behind his bluster and his superficially rebellious behavior (the drinking, the whoring). At the end of the day, though, he won’t do the one thing that really would rebel against his domineering, unloving father: go forth and live his own life without seeking his father’s approval.

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Respect for your parents, their guidance, and their wishes is an important part of childhood that should last (in an edited form) through your entire life. But in adulthood it’s rivaled, and eventually superseded, by mutual respect and independent decision-making. So yes, seeking the love and approval of your parents is good. But so is recognizing your own goals and desires and being assertive about working toward them responsibly, despite whatever your parents might think.

Arya Stark: Believe in the power of therapy.

Really. This girl needs to talk it out.

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Ser Jorah Mormont: This is going to sound like bad advice, but you’re not going to get your dream girl — it’s time to move on.

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Quite so, quite.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
"Now that season three of Game of Thrones is over and we have our Sunday nights back, it’ll probably take all summer just to recover from the trauma of this season and prepare for the next." You think you need to recover now, just you wait, just you wait.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
In both the real midevil world and GoT happiness and love had little to nothing to do with how the world progressed. The rules were/are fairly simple Power or Surrender. Rule or die. Both Nature and Man are against you. And both want to kill you. Success is surviving to another birthday.

Now if I was Mr. Martin, I'd try to figure out a way,(perhaps by banishment) to bring Tyrion and Draenerys together. There would be a lovely couple. And pity the other players in the Game.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Arya Stark - therapy is not the answer. Talking won't avenge the murders of your farther, mother, older brother, the crippling of another brother, etc. Only action will do that. Kill, girl, kill. All of them. Talk is cheap.

Ser Jorah - get over dragon girl. Find a hooker, pay her to do all the things you've been dreaming about. And get drunk. Really, really, really drunk. Another girl will come along; the world is lousy with them.

Sansa Stark - grow a spine. (she won't, of course. her character is as much a statement as Arya's)

Tyrion - kill your father. Seriously, he will never approve of you, will never let you be who you are. So take him out. And take that little psycho Joffrey with him.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well, I don't know if Martin is writing for a moral, but Sansa is depicted as a fool and a coward from day one. She remains a victim of her own cowardice and lack of resolve through to the end of the fifth book, even though she's been given plenty of evidence of the worth of changing into a pragmatist.

She is the opposite of Arya, who had all the qualities Sansa lacked even before they left Winterfell. There is no evidence yet that Sansa will suddenly become bold and turn on her tormenters. The truth is that Sansa got her own father murdered and is still too stupid to understand it. In short, she is simply dense and weak. Arya is strong and quick to accept reality while at the same time fight when she can.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
So is there where someone chimes in and notes that you've obviously not read the books and that:
Sansa *SPOILER*;
Tyrion *SPOILER*;
Arya *SPOILER*;
Jorah *minor spoiler*, especially since Daenerys *SPOILER*;
Gendry has never been a POV character so advice for him is just plain wasted.

Overall, you should probably really prepare yourself for what's going to happen next season, and then wonder why you bothered getting into this nonsense in the first place for the season after that, and then get ready to sit and wait for Martin to actually write the book/season after that.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Woot. Let's hear it for the book readers, who already know.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Yes, Tyrion *SPOILER* is especially nice.
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