Mother of Dragons by Donato Giancola
In Part 1, we talked about characters whose arcs in The Winds of Winter seem to be moving in good or neutral directions. But this time, we’re moving into the dark side where characters that we previously thought were good and noble are moving in ignoble directions. Or maybe they were never noble to begin with. But George RR Martin isn’t simply painting a black and white tale. There are shades of gray in these characters. Moreover, these characters turning to the dark side have both historical inspiration (within the universe) as well as ambiguity which colors all of Martin’s work.
Today, we’ll cover:
- Tyrion Lannister: From Tyrion to Tywin (again)
- Daenerys Targaryen: From Rhaegar to Aerys III
- Cersei Lannister: From Rhaenyra to Robert Baratheon
- Jon Connington: From Rhaegar’s lieutenant to Tywin’s Shadow
- Barristan Selmy: From Gerold Hightower to Criston Cole
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