How Do You Rule in Westeros? WIth Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice – Game of Thrones

Westeros is the mythical kingdom in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series and HBO’s television series, Game of Thrones.

As a result of the death of Robert Baratheon, who had managed to hold the seven kingdoms together after ascending the throne, his death, along with that of Ned Stark, sends the kingdom into chaos.

Joffrey Baratheon, who is actually the incestous issue of Robert’s queen, Cersi and her twin brother, Jamie, ascends the Iron Throne, but not only does he not have any right to that throne, he’s a psycho. With a capital P.

He dies, thankfully, and his younger brother Tommen, is now king. Tommen is also Cersei and Jamie’s son, but Tommen is nice. He even likes cats.

But he’s probably going to wind up being manipulated by dear old grandpa, Tywin Lannister, who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the kingdom or its subjects. He just cares about making sure his family and his legacy survive and thrive.

Robert wasn’t a very good king. He only managed to hold the kingdoms together though his political marriage to Cersei. He pretty much left the rule of Westeros to his councilors, which included Littlefinger who, we discovered in last Sunday’s episode, is pretty much responsible for ALL the bad stuff that’s happened in Westeros, or at least his actions were a catalyst for them.

So, does anybody in Westeros have what it takes to be a good ruler?

Yes, Fire and Ice.

Daenerys is Fire. She can’t stand seeing people suffer. She knows that to be a good ruler you have to care for the common people.. She accepts this condition of good rulership so completely that she’s delaying her return to Westeros to go back and kick the asses of those jerks who are re-enslaving the people she freed.

Jon Snow is Ice. He knows what’s right and what’s wrong. He was raised by Ned Stark, a man who was so decent and so honorable that because he wanted to spare Cersei and her children from Robert’s wrath, he pretty much gave Cersei the rope with which she hanged him. Jon has Ned’s blood in him. (Noticed I said “blood”) Did Ned ever come right out out and say that Jon was his son? I don’t recall it. He just said Jon had his blood. Meaning they were related.

But I digress. Jon would make a great King, and Daenerys a great Queen, because both of them are good, decent people. Not perfect, of course, but they care about others and they know what’s right and what’s wrong. And I think, or I hope, that both are savvy enough about people to not make the kind of mistake Ned Stark made in trusting people like Littlefinger or showing someone like Cersei mercy.

Long may he, she or they reign.

Once they do whatever they wind up doing in the series, that is.

Whatever it is, I hope it involves dragons.

Dragons being ridden by Jon and Daenerys.

And maybe Arya. There are three dragons, after all.

Or Tommen. Or Tyrion. Or Pod. Or Brienne.

Or some other cool, non-psychotic person.

As long as those dragons are scorching white walkers, the Night King and whatever other horror is lurking in the North.