So I made the fatal mistake of letting a boy in my local video shop (yes, some of us still hire them instead of downloading them off the internet) talk me into renting the first few episodes of the TV series ‘Game Of Thrones’. Now of course I’m hooked. Hooked and repulsed in equal measure because Lord Of The Rings it is not. The good guys don’t necessarily win. Justice doesn’t prevail.
But I’m enjoying the characters. The women are unexpectedly diverse and well-rounded. And even though I haven’t quite got to the end of season one I thought it would be fun to explore the Tarot of the leads.
King Of Wands: Ned Stark.
Ah wands people, so brave, so honourable, but a little bit slow. Seriously. I shook my head in frustration when he informed Queen Cersei that he knew her children were the product of her incestuous relationship with her twin brother Jaime Lannister. I mean, she’d already shown she lacked compassion when she encouraged her brother to push Stark’s son Bran to his death after he caught them making love at the top of a tower.
Jon Snow: Ned’s bastard son. A chip off the old block. A young man of honour, courage and idealism. He dedicates himself to serving his country at The Wall.
Queen Of Wands: Catelyn Stark, Ned’s wife.
Another prone to impulsive decisions and a bit slow on the uptake. Taking the younger Lannister brother Tyrion captive over Bran’s attempted murder was not the smartest move on her part. And if she paid closer attention to his character she would realise he was incapable of such a deed.
King Of Pentacles: King Robert Baratheon.
A man drinking and whoring his life away. Enjoying all the earthly riches at his disposal.
Queen Of Swords Reversed: Queen Cersei Lannister
Put nothing past her. She will do anything to remain in power and spends her time plotting and planning to do just that. A nasty piece of work.
The Hermit + The Devil: Tyrion Lannister, Cersei’s younger brother. A dwarf who hides his wisdom behind a smokescreen of whoring and drinking.
Seven Of Swords + Three Of Swords: One of the more interesting characters is Lord Petyr Baelish otherwise known as Littlefinger. A total opportunist his heart was wounded at a young age by his unrequited love for Catelyn.
Two Of Pentacles: Lord Varys. The spymaster who seems to be playing on both sides.
Queen Of Cups: Princess Daenerys Targaryen. She shows sensitivity towards her brutish husband and seems to have a mystical connection with dragons.
Knight Of Swords Reversed: Daenerys’ brother, Prince Viserys Targaryen. The pretender to the throne, son of the overthrown king. Not a very pleasant fellow. His impatience to regain the throne makes him rash. I’ll never forget the scene where he’s given a golden crown although not in the way he expected. Shiver.
Phew, I could go on but this list seems long enough for the moment. No doubt I’ll add to it as the series goes on. If you enjoy a rollicking fantasy with great characters I highly recommend it.