Alas, it was the season’s finale last night of Games of Thrones. This HBO series is based on a series of books written by (I had to go hunting for the issue of Rolling Stones that features Peter Dinklage because I had already forgotten the author’s name) George R.R Martin. The political intrigue between the different houses of power reminds me of aspects of Robert Jordan’s sci-fi/fantasy universe “The Wheel of Time”. Robert Jordan is my favorite author and sadly he passed in 2010, so I might be turning to Robert R.R Martin in the future for more well fleshed out worlds that speak of the complexity and struggles of a society that is far removed from ours. My hubby and I had been intrigued by two characters Tyrian Lanaster, the youngest brother of the Lanaster siblings who happens to be a dwarf, he is played by Peter Dinklage whom has been an actor for a long time now. His character, Tyrian, is someone who has been forged by his disadvantage but is more than his “disability”. Tyrian has a vulnerability and a moral compass that the rest of his family sorely lacks. We were concerned for his survival last night because he had fallen in battle the previous week and we were relieved that he had survived. Well, he had survived physically, his political standing is almost non-existent and his safety is still at risk but on a happier note, his consort Shea hasn’t betrayed him, despite his fall from grace, through no fault of his own, just the usual family betrayal. She pledged her love to him and we got to see how much she means to him, it was really touching. Our other character who captured our imagination is Daenerys Termaygen, she is the last of her family who had been, according to her, the rightful rulers of the Iron Throne. She is known as the Mother of Dragons and last night we saw her reunited with her three baby dragons. The baby dragons are adorable and they clearly know that she is their mother. They seem to gain power in her presence and we got to see the babies set a wizard aflame while defending their mother. My hubby and I have been drawn into her evolution as a character and a new leader. She started as a beautiful pawn as so many noble ladies are and through unfortunate circumstance she has had to find strength within herself to be able to lead her new people to shelter and safety. Her “birthing” of the dragons came about through a leap of faith, she joined her dead husband and dead baby with the three petrified dragon eggs entrusted to her in the funeral pyre and she emerged from the flames unscathed with three baby dragons clutching her shoulders and arms. That trial by fire, I think, is what has given her the steely determination to get to her rightful place on the Iron Throne. Now my hubby and I will have to wait until next summer to see the next chapter in the saga of the Games of Thrones, it will be a long winter.
At least next Sunday, the season premier of True Blood is back on HBO. That should lessen the sting of not having Games of Thrones because Sookie is a hoot of a girl and her trials and tribulations in the world of vampires and werewolves makes for an entertaining hour of television entertainment.