Blood Will Have Blood


Madeleine Cassier
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Sing sorrow, sorrow: but good win out in the end.” (Ag. 139)

Game of Thrones has had its share of what could be called “wrongful” deaths, but there has only been one that struck me particularly hard. It was last year, in Season ; a death by fire so shockingly wrong, that it had me shouting (mostly profanity) at my television, feeling more than a little gutted and nauseous as it reached its agonizing conclusion.

This immolation sequence is one of those pivotal moments in the show that is not present within the original narrative by George R.R. Martin*, and while I was not emotionally prepared for it, it did set off some alarm bells in my head in its similarity to a particularly famous tragic Greek myth: the House of Atreus. And the more I looked at both the House of Atreus and the House Baratheon, the more eerie similarities appeared between the two fictional dynasties, although with some variations.

*Nota bene: I am now aware that Benioff and Weiss were told by George R.R. Martin that this event is to occur, eventually, within the novels, however I began this post before that information was made readily available.


SPOILER WARNING: The following post will contain spoilers related to plot and character arcs through season 5 of Game of Thrones, as well as The Oresteia by Aeschylus. Read on at your own risk.

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