translated from Spanish: “Game of Thrones”: male and patriarchal “heroism” won once again

After eight seasons, “Game of Thrones” came to an end. It all began with a dream of George R. R. Martin, which later became concrete in the books and finally came to the screen. In this long journey, over the years, the series focused on power and strategy among the different families and characters, in order to achieve the Iron Throne. In the eighth season, after the passage of several possibilities , two great candidates were consolidated as the strongest: Cersei and Daenerys. But also, there were many women who were adding power, like Arya or Sansa. However, in all cases they were eliminated, relegated or needed the “heroism” of a man who made decisions for them or had to save them from evil; Even the danger of themselves. For this reason, in this note we tell you how it was the end of these main characters, related to how the idea of hero develops in modern commercial television products.

Daenerys in front of her army | Photo: Twitter

Since the beginning of the series, Cersei was the great villain. With the passing of the seasons, he managed to overcome all his enemies, and to form his leadership in King’s Landing. But the series confronted her with a woman, in Little sorority’s plan, in order to continue her legacy. Daenerys seemed different, felt different, and wanted to be different from what the “Targaryen” legacy meant for her. It was a heroine at the time, who won the affection of every spectator and the illusion of the oppressed. However, finally through his veins he ran fire and blood as his whole family, and ended up becoming “Mad Queen” just like his father, the “Mad King”. It may be that in the books George R. R. Martin culminated in that way, or maybe not, we don’t know yet. What is certain is that the figure of the character ended up mutating into a tyranny, in a danger against humanity that was to be eliminated. So the writers built it, and they reflected it in Jon, the one who had to kill her. It all began when Arya explained to Jon that his beloved was a threat, Concepción that Tyrion reinforced minutes later. In a scene that took a long time, through the dialogue the character justified the storyline of the series so that the spectator could understand the need to kill Daenerys. Think of your sisters, “the character tells Jon, who was not convinced to stop his aunt until he admitted that Sansa and Arya were in danger, that they would be the next victims of Daenerys.
Then, the same “mother of the Dragons” justifies his tyranny, and explains that others do not have the option to choose what is right or wrong, just what she thinks is right. That was the final reason for Jon to nail a dagger to his beloved, so that the dragon arrives and fire the throne. Jon, in this way, was built as “the great hero”, who had the support of the spectator who needed to remove Daenerys from the plane, which was increasingly accumulating power. As if it were not enough, in the meeting that continued scenes later, to define the throne the brother of Jaime and Cersei again had a fundamental role-in spite of being a slave-, in which it decided that the throne should occupy it Bran, a man , because of his power with the “stories”. At that meeting, Sansa decided to maintain independence and autonomy as the “Queen of the North”, while Ayra embarked on an adventure to the West;  It was all thanks to Jon, his great savior, who was banished to Castle Black.

The Queen of the North | Photo: Twitter

“It is a series of epoch”, “the plot needed It”, “the way of such a character was that way”; These are some of the arguments that revolve around the decisions taken by the female characters. However, based on what happened in the last episode, there was a big debate on social networks regarding the level of feminism that exposes the series and how it builds women. In addition, in this last season, from the phrase of Sansa in which it justifies its past with Joffrey, Ramsey and Little Finger, until the conception of Brienne as object of desire of Jaime and Tormund, the place of the women occupied a central role. ” It is not a feminist series, “analyzed Florencia Tundis, a scriptwriter in economics Femini (s) TA, on the female treatment of the series. “It is not made by women; I believe that a series of feminist dye cannot dispense with important women behind the main roles. ” Precisely, the series had a single female director in the eight seasons: Michelle Maclaren, who was only in four episodes. He also had only two female writers: Vanessa Taylor and Jane Depenson. For her, it was noted that she lacked female screenwriters in the last season: “Sansa’s phrase, for example, is super misguided; The way he says it and the phrase he uses seems to be thankful for what happened. You touch his hand, I smile at him and you tell him that. About Brienne too, because after Jaime, nothing happened with her. ” Then he added, “There’s a big script problem to the last thing they went crazy to Daenerys overnight. Everything pointed to Mad queen, but when she became so suddenly a crazy queen, she seems to go crazy because if. It might lead him in the blood, but it was not what was initially raised with the character. ”
“This idea of man as a hero is not going to be deconstructed as long as there are no more women creating and writing stories,” opined Tundis.

Still, he rescued that there are “very well built” female characters, such as Arya, Cersei or Sansa: “The most feminist ‘ Game of Thrones ‘ is that there are women who disputed power and who were strong, who defied gender roles pormas make it a fantasy world.” What about the idea of “hero” male who prevailed in the end of season? “In script always gives the structure of the ‘ Way of the hero ‘, which could be in this case Jon Snow,” says Tundis. “It is not that there are no heroines, he argued, but that the stories were always historically counted by men and starring men and then theorized on that already from the go.” Therefore, the fact that the woman needs to be saved by a man is naturalized. “This idea of man as a hero is not going to be deconstructed as long as there are no more women creating and writing stories,” he mused. In this way, with this approach in the series and the need for a male character to intervene, the difference between man and woman increases. “In a basic script manual you have the stereotypes of the woman: Princess, Bad witch, etc”, finished. In this note:

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