On Game of Thrones’ latest tv show, the deceased still drive the options of the living BY SAEED NASIR

On Game of Thrones, fatality has turned into a basic audience expectation. The showrunners have wiped out off audience favorites, heinous villains, and innocent bystanders similarly. One reassuring thing to bear in mind while witnessing the constant murder throughout the show is that every character rolling in their grave still has a chance of pulling the strings of the living. In “The Queen’s Justice,” the 3rd bout of Game of Thrones season 7, the dead kept coming up as influencers, which is specially ironic, given the ongoing conflict against the dead throughout this show.

Spoilers for “The Queen’s Justice” and previous Game of Thrones plotlines ahead

A long set of Westerosi ancestors laid the path for the fateful reaching between Daenerys and Jon Snow, like the Mad Ruler, who fanned the flames of Jon and his Northern lords’ distrust, and Torrhen Stark, whose fealty to the Targaryens gives Daenerys an opening to demand devotion from the North. Countless other dusty characters of the past are part of this oral record; their contribution to the Westeros of today continues to be remembered.

Shireen, the little princess of Stannis Baratheon, whom Melisandre burnt at the stake in season 5 as a sacrifice to her god, continues to be a way to obtain embarrassment for the Red Female. She’s too ashamed to show her face to Jon Snow and Ser Davos, who looked after Shireen, and declined her even after she resurrected Jon. If they appear on Dragonstone, she selects to hide on the cliff, talking to Varys about the awful blunders she’s made. It’s clear who she’s thinking about in that arena, and why she’s choosing to leave Westeros now.

Oberyn Martell’s reach similarly extends very good beyond the grave. Oberyn passed on in a duel with Gregor Clegane completely back season 4, but to honor him, his enthusiast Ellaria swore vengeance from the Lannisters, including Myrcella, Cersei’s little princess, whom Ellaria poisoned. Ellaria finished up in Westeros, allying with Dany, to honor his memory space, and Cersei uses those recollections against her in “The Queen’s Justice” to twist the knife once Ellaria is her hands.

And Myrcella likewise motivates Cersei into having Ellaria chained, gagged, and required to view as Cersei poisons her daughter Tyene in return. The entire vicious pattern of revenge sounds like a Shakespearean play. If Ellaria manages to escape jail alive, it can be expected that she’ll gain the favor for Cersei. Meanwhile, Gregor himself, resurrected as a zombie, continues to be hanging out as Cersei’s unblinking safeguard.


Two more lifeless Lannisters’ legacies continue in instance 3, for better or more serious. Cersei’s father Tywin built the fortress of Casterly Rock, but his dismissive attitude toward his least favorite son, Tyrion, left openings in his defenses. Designated to create and account the building of Casterly Rock’s sewers, Tyrion added a secret entry so he could smuggle in women, and it’s really still there for Daenerys’ forces to exploit. Tywin, wiped out while on the bathroom by that same kid, can’t catch a rest, even in death.

Then there’s Jamie’s son Joffrey, whose name is further besmirched by Olenna Tyrell in her last moments. “He really was a cunt, wasn’t he?” she says. Then he shows to Jaime that she was the one who killed Joffrey back in season 4. It’s her last attack against the Lannisters, the only real blow she can deliver with her causes damaged. And Jaime, unlike Cersei, stumbles away with the knowledge that he failed to kill Olenna in the same way she assassinated Joffrey — with a painful poison.

Not all deceased people are just revenge-enabling story devices. In a more positive example of ancestral remembrance, Jeor Mormont, the nice and good Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch at the start of the series, is the inspiration behind Sam Tarly’s laboring to save lots of his boy, Jorah Mormont. Out of genuine value for Jeor, Sam disadvantages his life to rip the greyscale-infected skin area off Jorah, one inch at the same time, in the most dangerous and disgusting manner possible. But it works, and for now, Jorah isn’t joining the rates of the dead and influential. Still, there’s a lot of carnage remaining to come. At least if the visitors’ favorites pass away, it seems likely that someone will be kept to honor them, either by recovering or harming on their behalf

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