Game of Thrones, which is currently in its fourth season, has a plethora of stories which interlink in the series, many of which include members of the Lannister family in opposition with the show’s other leads. The show is very graphic, not only with its killing scenes, but also with sex. It appears to have no fear in killing off characters, nor in addressing issues such as incest that are typically taboo in television. The Lannister siblings are not short of involvement in any of the above-mentioned activities, each with a negative attribute that appeals to the audiences sense of hatred. As the series progresses, the Lannisters, or at least a select few members of the family, appear to be evolving from villains to more valiant roles in the show.
In the episode that aired April 20, Joffrey Lannister, incestuous son of Jamie and Cersei Lannister, and the ruler of Kings Landing was murdered. Having been a cruel and death-obsessed young king, his death seemed to be rejoiced in the world of Facebook. The most recent episode, which aired April 27, has now begun revealing the events and culprits surrounding his murder. While Tyrion Lannister is being held prisoner for the murder, and his wife Sansa Lannister (formerly Stark) is being pursued for the same, neither of them are to blame. It is in fact Petyr Baelish and Olenna Tyrell who have concocted the boy’s murder. Olenna is grandmother to Margaery Tyrell, bride to Joffrey on the day of his murder.
Currently in chains, Tyrion Lannister has won his way into the heart of many GOT fans. Showing love, patience and a sense of family, he appears to be one of the Lannisters left with a soul. Sending away what can be presumed to be the love of his life in order to save her, Tyrion also shows care to his bride, Sansa, by respecting her wishes to remain free from a sexual relationship despite their union, as well as trying to protect her from Joffrey when he was alive and tormenting her. Tyrion is witty in his remarks and quick on his feet. He takes being a shorter-than-average fellow, measuring in at four feet and five inches, well and repeatedly endures the teasing and prejudice that he incurs from not only the outside world, but from his fellow Lannisters.
Jamie Lannister, Tyrion’s brother, is becoming a more winsome character as well. In the beginning of GOT, Jamie is seen having sex with his sister. He proceeds to then push a young boy, Bran Stark, from a window in an attempt at murdering him after the boy witnessed the two in an act of coitus. Bran is not murdered, but is paralysed from the incident. With not socially acceptable sexual acts and the attempt to murder a child under his belt, Jamie was not seen as a man of great character in the beginning. His capture, loss of his hand and later saving of Brienne of Tarth leads to a shift in the views of Jamie Lannister and Game of Thrones creators have played an interesting card in adding hints of a relationship between Jamie and Brienne. Furthering the new appeal of humanity in Jamie, the April 27 episode showed him in brotherly bonds with imprisoned Tyrion. Still holding to a sense of reality but not allowing a complete regression of Jamie’s flaws, the show still shows him having sex with his sister. He seems to be attempting to become a man of his word, with “Oathkeeper” becoming a new possible nickname.
Cersei Lannister still remains a character who is easy to view with ill contempt. The mother of the monster Joffrey, Cersei always seems to be motivated by murder and greed. Throughout the seasons, she has been seen commanding the killing of many good, and sometimes innocent, people. She appears to lack remorse for her actions, with the exception of now attempting to avoid sex with Jamie. She is unsuccessful in doing so, as he proceeds to ‘share the family jewels’ with her on their son’s death bed, despite her saying no. Her reasoning for not wanting to have incestuous encounters does not appear to be for moral reasons, but more due to vanity, because she decided to decline his advances once he was missing a limb. Cersei seems set on preserving the Lannister line and shows consistent compassion only to her offspring. Her egomaniacal attitude appears to be a trait that she inherited from her father, though it is hard to say, as the Lannister siblings’ mother is not seen in the series. The mother’s only mention is when their father Tywin bashes Tyrion about the mother dying during birth.
The family, always active in the show, and repaying debts not just of gold or vengeance, are sure to be in the next episode. A new Lannister, Tommen, leads the kingdom in this week’s Game of Thrones. The episode is set to air May 4. Former queen-to-be, Margaery Tyrell, on two separate occasions, appears to be in pursuit of her third royal wedding. All Game of Thrones fans will have to wait and see if Tommen proves to be a better man and king than his older brother, Joffrey, had turned out to be.
Opinion by Latasha Alvaro