April 17, 2019 Game of Thrones: the power is female Game of Thrones: the power is female

Game of Thrones: the power is female

Witches, queens, princesses and she warriors are the real protagonists of the phenomenal series that’s finally going to end: we bet a woman will take the throne.

By Alessandra Nava

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Inside the fantasy world of “Game of Thrones”, among dragons, zombies and so-called kings fighting between them, women are the most interesting characters. They’re the ones who make things happen, they’re clever and ambiguous, patient and brave. That’s the reason why they offer a multifaceted vision of the many vices and virtues of a woman, who’s not confined in a castle waiting for her prince, but who can be whatever she wants. This TV series is more and more about women’s empowerment.
First of all there will be the so long waited battle between Cersei and Daenerys, the ruling queen, well-experienced and unscrupulous, versus the (apparently) legitimate queen, young and courageous.
Apart from the fact that they both aim to rule Westeros, they also have many other things in common, starting from their kind of dysfunctional families. They both faced oppressive male figures, such as Cersei’s father or Daenerys’s brother. And so they decided to treat men as objects or friends as they please, and that’s because they’re both ambitious and ruthless when needed. Cersei waited an entire season to make her cruel plan come true and to kill the High Sparrow and her rival Margaery Tyrell. And Daenerys tamed the Dothrakis, first by killing their rulers in the temple, and then by stepping among the flames, fiercely naked and triumphant.
They both have a strong maternal instinct, which almost borders on morbose and ended up killing what they loved the most. Cersei survived her three children, while Daenerys lost his first love, Khal Drogo, and also the son she was carrying inside of her. While her husband’s pyre was burning, she walked through the fire and spent the night among the flames with three dragon’s eggs. The day after, she became the Mother of Dragons. When one of them died, she suffered a lot.
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Then there are the Stark sisters, Arya and Sansa, who are very different from each other. Arya is a tomboy, trained as a ninja who can be whoever she wants, and who falls asleep by declaiming a list of her future victims instead of counting sheep. Sansa was educated as a princess, used to suffer and stay quiet, but she was taught the subtle art of diplomacy and strategy by Littlefinger, and she’s not weak at all. The two sisters travelled around the Seven Kingdoms for years, as captives, slaves, Sansa as an abused wife and Arya as a most wanted. They suffered and they grew up. Both of them are incredible characters, well written and even more well played by their young actresses, because they are able to express all the suffering and the willpower that led them to finally meet again. The sense of sorority they have will lead them to be two important characters in the plot.
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Apart from these four main characters, there are many other female figures who deserve some attention. Melisandre, the red witch gifted with supernatural powers by the Lord of the Light, with a dark unknown past. She was the one who Stannis Baratheon believed to, by sacrificing his daughter on a pyre and fighting the cruelest families to become king. She was the one who made Jon Snow and Daenerys Met to fight the White Walkers. Beautifully seductive, she’s actually an old wrinkly woman that may have a lot to tell.
Brienne of Tarth is a knight and a warrior, and most of all an (unconscious?) feminist. She helped and rescued the Stark sisters, and she always fought for good causes. Her good hearted kindness seems to clash with her majestic figure, and this contrast makes her look like a fictional Joan of Arc who conquers every girl’s heart.
And there’s more. Missandei, a former slave who became Daenerys closest friend; Myra, a teenage warrior who helped Bran through his journey; Ygritte, the wildling who melted Jon’s heart and who died in his arms, fighting against him; Yara, the fearless queen of the Iron Islands…
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These girls are fire.


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