At its core, Game of Thrones is a story about family. It is about how far one must be willing to go to protect one’s family. It is about choosing which family one belongs to, and in making that decision, whether blood ties reign supreme or whether “adopted” families can be one’s true family. It is about the power that stems from one’s family connections. It is about marriage bonds, which are meant to tie two families together in alliance or two people together in love, and what happens when such bonds are broken. These are among the topics that we will discuss in this series regarding the role of family in Game of Thrones.
In a previous post, I discussed Tywin Lannister’s view of family, which states that it is a source of power and prestige that must be protected at any cost from all enemies. How does this view differ from that of Balon Greyjoy, the so-called King of the Iron Islands? Balon certainly does not care much for the life of his son, Theon. Does Balon have some greater vision or goal for his family dynasty, or is it all about personal gain for him? What about Theon’s sister, who offers a different view of family? Who, in the end, should be considered Theon’s true family?
The following post contains SPOILERS from Game of Thrones. Do not proceed unless you wish to see the discussion of MAJOR PLOT POINTS from Season 3. (more…)