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GAME OF THRONES: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CERSEI LANNISTER (SEASON 7)

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I went over Cersei Lannister’s selfish choice of not aiding the Starks and Targaryens against the White Walkers at the end of Season 7 and I think I have a full analysis of her current mindset. She was raised on the basis of the so-called “game of thrones” that the nobility of Westeros was obssessed about. Because of that, the “game of thrones” is all she knows or cares about. Without it, she’s nothing and the Iron Throne she has coveted her whole life is just a useless piece of scrap metal. Therefore, when she realizes that the world was ending she was desperately clinging onto the reality she once knew. The corrupt world she relished was about to cease to exist with its treacherous denizens joining the giants and children of the forest in extinction. As Morgan Freeman once said in the Shawshank Redemption, Cersei has been institutionalized and she cannot accept a any other world except one where everyone is at one another’s throats. She also may be experiencing what most people experience when they witness the end of the world, doing whatever they want because nothing else matters. In Cersei’s case, she wants to keep betraying, murdering, and extorting everyone around her until she dies with the rest of the world. Aegon “Jon Snow” Targaryen and Daenerys Targaryen thought showing Cersei the Wight would convince her into joining them against the White Walkers, but all it did was push her even deeper into insanity. Now she is becoming more paranoid and seeing treason around every corner like the Mad King did late in his reign. I would not be surprised if Cersei finishes what the Mad King started and blows up the rest of King’s Landing with wildfire. She already blew up the Great Sept of Baelor so I think she is definitely capable of destroying the rest of King’s Landing as well. Like the Mad King, Cersei will think “If I can’t have the Iron Throne then no one will!”

Just as Jaime warned her, this final treachery is going to come back and bite her hard in the ass. “And when the fighting is done, someone wins. You understand that? If the dead win, they march south and kill us all. If the living win and we’ve betrayed them, THEY MARCH SOUTH AND KILL US ALL!!!” When the White Walkers are defeated and even one of Daenerys’s dragons survives, then Cersei and her sycophants are doomed! Cersei always blamed Tyrion for the destruction of House Lannister’s future, but it has always been her and by the end of the new Long Night, the name “Lannister” will no longer be a name to be feared like Tywin wanted. Instead, the name “Lannister” will become a synonym for treachery and dishonor and it will be all Cersei’ fault. I can’t wait for Cersei to meet her fate as the final round of the “game of thrones” is completed.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WESTWORLD

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While watching Westworld, I noticed that the androids were not allowed to harm the human guests, but the human guests could do whatever they wanted to the androids. Because of this, the humans were given a golden opportunity to release their inner darkness while venturing into the park. For example, Ed Harris’s character started out as a good-natured, soft-spoken, and mild-mannered man, but after visiting the park for thirty years, he became a far darker person and a hardened survivor of countless skirmishes. With this in mind, I wonder what would become of me if I went to such a theme park. Even though I am generally a good person, I have always known that I have a darkness in me that must never see the light of day. If I had the opportunity of letting my demons off the leash like in Westworld, I highly doubt I will ever be the same person again and I may not be able to cage the beast again. In the original Westworld film, there was a Medieval World and that would be the park in which I would be right at home. It would also be the best place to gain REAL inspiration for my fantasy books. The reason for this is because up until now I have only gained rudimentary information and experience. With a place like Westworld, I will actually get to LIVE the medieval lifestyle and be exposed to the savage world that breeds savage people I learned so much about.

GARDENER INSTEAD OF LANNISTER

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Among the many possible scenarios I analyzed from Game of Thrones, I thought of an alternate version of the iconic battle of the Field Fire. The Field of Fire was when King Mern of House Gardener and King Loren of House Lannister united against Aegon the Conqueror. Houses Gardener and Lannister outnumbered the Targaryen host six to one, but the Targaryens had three full grown dragons: Balerion the Black Dread, Vhagar, and Meraxes. Four thousand men were burned to death and thousands more were so badly burned that they could no longer fight. King Mern was among the dead and House Gardener died with him, which resulted in his stewards House Tyrell taking over the Reach. When King Loren Lannister saw Mern’s fate, he surrendered his crown and submitted to Targaryen rule. Personally, Aegon made a fatal mistake by sparing House Lannister because the Lannisters were the cause of the War of the Five Kings, which undid everything Aegon built. However, I often wonder how the story of Game of Thrones would have turned out if it was House Lannister that was exterminated on the Field of Fire instead of House Gardener. Who would take over the Westerlands? How would the Gardeners perform their duties as Lords Paramount of the Reach and Wardens of the South? Would the War of the Five Kings ever take place and would the Gardeners be the cause instead of the Lannisters? So many questions. Personally, I think House Gardener’s sigil, a green hand, would be an ideal symbol of one or more Gardeners serving as Hand of the King. What do you think?

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7: THE WHITE WALKERS

The season premiere of Game of Thrones blessed us with a glimpse of the growing strength of the White Walkers. Their numbers have grown to the point in which their undead army can be seen as far as the eye could see like an unholy ocean of death. To make matters worse, the White Walkers have now added at least three undead giants to their army. We all saw how much effort it takes to kill a live giant so re-killing an undead one is going to be much more difficult. So far, we don’t know if the White Walkers have undead bears or ice spiders that are as big as hounds like in the books, but due to the vastness of the undead army it is likely they are there somewhere waiting to strike. I cannot wait to see the full lethality of the White Walkers this season as they continue to march towards the Wall to invade the realms of men once again. Like Euron Greyjoy, the White Walkers are the storm; the first and the last. Soon the War of the Five Kings will be over and the new War for the Dawn will begin.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7: HOUSE LANNISTER’S STATUS

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After watching the season premiere of Game of Thrones Season 7, I contemplated House Lannister’s current status in the War of the Five Kings. As Jaime stated, the Lannisters are finally losing the war now that they are without allies or resources and surrounded by enemies. With Tommen “Baratheon” dead, I expect the Stormlands to rise in rebellion now that they have no Great House to lead them. I can expect the same from the Riverlands now that House Tully is deposed and House Frey is exterminated. After the losses they took throughout the war, I calculate House Lannister’s military strength to be half of what it was at the start of the war, which would be around 30,000 men. Since they hold King’s Landing, they could raise new levies from the Crownlands, but that will only increase their army by another 15,000 men, which is still not enough. With the Freys and Boltons extinct and Tyrells abandoning them as well as the loss of their gold mines, the Lannisters will not have the resources to feed their armies, fund their war effort, or pay back the Iron Bank of Braavos when they arrive. To make up for their lack of allies, the Lannisters became desperate enough to side with the ironborn, who have of fifty-fifty chance of turning on them. Worst factor of all is the fact that Cersei has lost all grasp on reality with delusions of grandeur. She think she can win the war even though the entire realm has turned on her family. The Mad King started out like this before his mind degenerated into an insane mush. As usual, I think Cersei is wanting power for the sake of power, which is a dangerous mindset for a monarch to possess because it will eventually drive them mad with hubris. Also, the smartest living Lannister Tyrion has sided with the largest and most powerful faction in the whole war, Daenerys Targaryen. While Tyrion is smarter than Cersei and Jaime combined, when you combine his wits with Daenerys’s numbers and firepower you have an unstoppable force that will crush the Lannisters once and for all. The Lannisters have been winning the war and staying in power only when the Tyrells sided with them, which allowed them to recover from their loses from the Stark armies. Overall, the odds are not on the Lannisters’ side and it is likely they will not survive the ultimate outcome of the War of the Five Kings. The gold lions are doomed and they will acknowledge that they are not the only ones who pay their debts!

GAME OF THRONES REVIEW: DRAGONSTONE

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I enjoyed the season premiere of Game of Thrones. Even though it was only a warm up episode that set the stage for the season, I liked it. I was particularly giddy when I saw that complete justice for the Red Wedding was finally done. I was equally giddy when I saw that the Lannisters became the weakest faction in the War of the Five Kings and are desperate for resources and allies. Also, we got to see undead giants in the White Walker army. We saw how much effort it takes to kill a live giant so re-killing an undead one is going to be even more difficult and dangerous. When Euron Greyjoy appeared, I expected him to be as badly portrayed as he was last season, but I was pleased that he was better portrayed. The Mad Kraken even gave a playful smile when he saw the Mountain lumber towards him, which shows just how crazy Euron Greyjoy is. I hear that this season Euron Greyjoy will make Ramsay Snow and King Joffrey look like children by comparison. We also got to see the Hound find faith in the Gods and show a clear hint to the Grave Digger theory. So far, Jon Snow is doing good as the new King in the North, but as long as Littlefinger is present and whispering in Sansa’s ear the stability of Jon’s reign is put into question. Finally, Daenerys Targaryen finally came home to her family’s ancestral seat of Dragonstone. Even though there was no dialogue in this scene until the very end, I loved the tension and suspense it possessed. When Daenerys lands on the beach and touches the sand, it reminds me of what Henry Tudor did when he landed in Wales during the War of the Roses. After landing in the Welsh beaches, Henry Tudor fell to his knees in prayer and said, “Judge me Lord and favor my cause.” I think Daenerys was doing something similar when she touched the sand and we all know that Henry Tudor’s prayer was answered so the same can happen with Daenerys. Now Daenerys is about to follow in the footsteps of her ancestor Aegon the Conqueror as she begins planning the new War of Conquest.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7: NORTH OF THE WALL

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In the trailers for Season 7 of Game of Thrones, we get to see Jon Snow with a group of companions traveling North of the Wall. It has been rumored that they will try to capture a wight and bring it back as proof to the Seven Kingdoms that the White Walker threat is real. We know that Jon will be accompanied by Sandor Clegane, Tormund Giantsbane, Thoros of Myr, and Beric Dondarrion. Some of us speculate that Jon may also be joined by Theon Greyjoy, Gendry, Eddison Tollett, and members of the Night’s Watch, wildlings, and the Brotherhood Without Banners. I have a feeling that Jon and his group of companions may be a homage to Old Nan’s story of the Long Night and the Last Hero from the books.

In order to understand the full details of Old Nan’s tale, you need to know the full story. Old Nan talks about the Long Night, which was a dark winter that lasted a generation where kings froze to death in their castles like the shepherds in their huts. In that darkness, the White Walkers came for the first time. They were cold things, dead things, that hated fire, iron, the touch of the sun, and every creature with hot blood in its veins.

When the Long Night was at the height of its terror, a Last Hero sought help from the Children of the Forest. He was accompanied by twelve companions, a horse, and a dog. Over time, the Last Hero lost all of his companions, his horse, his dog, and his sword froze so hard that the blade snapped when he tried to use it. While traveling alone, the Last Hero could feel the White Walkers hunting him with packs of pale spiders that were as big as hounds. What happened after that is unknown.

I strongly suspect that Jon Snow and his suicide squad are the next incarnation of the Last Hero and his twelve companions. If that is the case, there is a very strong possibility that not all of them will make it back to the Wall alive. It will also allow us to see more hints if Jon Snow really is the Prince That Was Promised and Azhor Ahai reincarnated. Only time will tell when Jon Snow faces the Night King and his minions for the first time since Hardhome. I also hope Thoros of Myr gives them one of his prayers before setting off beyond the Wall. For the night is dark and full of terrors and only the Lord of Light himself can save them from the Great Other!

GAME OF THRONES: RED WEDDING AFTERMATH

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I had thought a great deal about the aftermath and consequences of the Red Wedding. In the show, it was revealed that House Bolton’s role at the Red Wedding will ultimately lead to their extinction. As for House Frey, more of them have died in the aftermath of the Red Wedding than in the War of the Five Kings. Also, either by natural causes or by assassination Walder Frey will soon die and House Frey will be thrown into chaos and possibly extinction from infighting. To make matters worse for the Freys, their very name has now become a synonym for treachery and dishonor. That will be their ultimate legacy. Most important of all are the consequences the Lannisters will face in the long run. Most of the realm does not know Tywin Lannister’s role in the Red Wedding, but the fact that the Lannisters rewarded, supported, and protected a bunch of dishonorable traitors, oathbreakers, and mass murderers speaks volumes and raised suspicions. Which puts the Lannisters in a very precarious position. The reason for this is because if they continue supporting and protecting the Freys and Boltons, the realm will hate rather than fear them more than ever until the end of time and they will be far less respected. However, if they cut the Boltons and Freys loose to draw attention away from their role in the Red Wedding they will risk losing control of the North and Riverlands. One way or another, the fates of the Lannisters, Freys, and Boltons are all intertwined because they committed the most atrocious and unforgivable crime in recent memory. Tywin Lannister was so focused on beating the Starks no matter the cost that he failed to recognize this long term consequence his family will endure until the day their bloodline ends.