Power is Power: Cersei Lannister

This post contains spoilers through A Dance with Dragons. There’s no getting around it: Cersei Lannister is a horrible person. Although, thanks to the extreme cruelty of some of the series’ villains, she isn’t the worst character in A Song of Ice and Fire, she is ruthless and petty and cruel, and she appears willing […]

Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons

I am the blood of dragons. If they are monsters, so am I. Daenerys Targaryen’s story is one of the difficult lines between selfishness and selflessness, liberation and enslavement, kindness and cruelty. She is the “mother of dragons” and the “daughter of death”: feminine, caring and protective, but also destructive, willing to burn the world to […]

Arya Stark: To Bend or to Break?

Arya Stark is one of the most popular characters in A Song of Ice and Fire. She’s certainly one of my favorites. Brave, quick-witted, fierce and determined, Arya survives in a world that kills many older and more experienced players using courage, adaptability, intelligence, and, of course, a whole lot of luck. But she’s also, […]

In Defense of Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark must be one of the most hated characters in A Song of Ice and Fire. The vitriol levelled against her is often frightening in its intensity, surpassing that for actually horrific characters like Joffrey and Ramsey Bolton. Her crime? The unforgivable fact that she is a pre-teen girl. As a massive fan of Sansa, […]