20 life lessons i learned from Game of Thrones

Hi there buddies, today’s article is something I wanted to write down for months. I already talked about the 5 things a korean tv show called “Boys Over Flowers” teached me, that I think is quite girly and childish, but that I enjoyed very much (yep, I can be very childish and even girly when I want to). So today, as I’m waiting for the next season, I’ll do the same with my favourite tv show of the moment Game of Thrones (still on air cause I have a long list of favourite tv shows that unfortunately ended a while ago). Feel free to like, share and comment down below.

1) Winter is Coming. This sentence is probably the most famous line from the show. In Westeros, every family has a motto, but none are quite as eloquent as the words of House Stark. It not only refers to the actual winter that can last for many years in this fictional North, but it’s also a reminder that the good days end and that everyone should be ready for when the times get darker and colder. It’s a warning to always be prepared for the worse. It reminds me of the second part of the saying “Expect the best but be prepared for the worst”.

What the actual fuck

2) Finish doing before you start talking. Oberyn gave us this amazing life lesson during The Mountain and the viper episode that I think had some of the most interesting scenes of the season. What happened is that Oberyn had almost no chances to win against the big ass Mountain, but he still managed to stab Gregor and injure him badly, pinning him to the floor. But then he forgot that selling the lion before you shoot it down is the biggest mistake a man can undertake, and this time, the price was Oberyn’s life. Gregor managed to seize him and smash out most of his head to the ground. What a tragic ending to one of the sassiest characters on the show, but it leaves us with a learning.

3) “Power resides where men believe it resides.” Varys once said this when talking to Tyrion, and it can’t get any wiser. Littlefinger once claimed that “Knowledge is power”, and Cesei answered that “Power is power”, the good ole Varys explains here that both of these two characters were right since wherever we think power resides, powerful it becomes. It’s all in our heads. The king as an eg is indeed powerful because the people believe he is, while his strength is actually in the hands of his swordsmen who ignore how much power they have over the impotent crown, the power is in the hands of the army, the people, the numbers. But as long as people ignore this fact, the king is the only power there is. We can take this quote and see how applicable it is in real life, if you believe that your words, actions and thoughts are powerful, they will be. If not, then, you’ll have absolutely no potency over the world around you.

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4) Life isn’t always fair. How many characters died in the show since season 1? We can’t even count. And even if we sometimes hate the fact that our favourite characters die, lose their family,a hand or even a penis, we have to come to the conclusion that life, real life, is sometimes even worse. People die, people get raped, people lose their families, their countries, war and hunger happens more often that we think… But life goes on, it’s how things work around here. This life is about accepting the horrible things that happen, focus on what can draw a smile on our faces, even if it’s just for a brief second and moving on. If we focus on the negatives, we can’t make it, we will never make it. On the other hand, if we ignore the bad sides and pretend everything is just fine and dandy, we’re in even deeper trouble as we’re just dreaming our lives instead of living it and looking it in the eyes. There’s a right balance between being optimistic and being a dreamer, and another fine line between being realistic and just being cynical and pessimistic.

31 Cliché Life Lessons "Game Of Thrones" Has Taught Us

5) “The only time a man can be brave is when he’s afraid.” Young Bran Stark questions the nature of bravery and fear and gives us a pretty unforgettable answer. Later is the show the self-proclaimed coward but adorable Sam Tarly fights face to face with a White Walker, and because of his fear, he won. If we take a minute to think about the reason behind his sudden bravery, we’ll see that he was with Gilly and her baby who he wanted to protect more than his life itself, so what happened is that all his inner strength came to meet this strong will to keep these two alive. Sometimes, all we need is a good reason to fight for, something that will keep us motivated to be brave, to fight for things until our last breath.

6)  Even people who seem insignificant can have a big impact: Characters who have had very few lines in the beginning of the series became major players at the end.

7) Never get married. Or go to a wedding. Okay, okay, this one is merely a personal life lesson I learned a long time ago that the show proved right to me: weddings in Westeros usually end up in someone dying or an entire family getting sliced the fuck up. Really, weddings are just stressful, they’re a minefield of familial politics. And never more so than in Game of Thrones, where  the explosive “Red Wedding” brought new meaning to the phrase “until death tears us apart”.

8) Who runs the world? Girls. Not all fantasy action genre is male-centric. Game of Thrones has a huge panel of strong badass female characters: Deanerys, Arya, Brienne, Cersei, Margaery, Melisandre, Ygritte, Osha,Olenna…Women in this show are the glorious embodiment of grit, strength and the art of changing the patriarchal order. Arya Stark as an example, one of my favourites, is hell-bent on familial revenge even though her young age, and believe me: if she managed to stay alive for four seasons without an entire army to defend her, she’s something!

31 Cliché Life Lessons "Game Of Thrones" Has Taught Us

9) You can become the strongest version of yourself if you just allow yourself to grow. Most strong characters in Game of Thrones didn’t start out that way. Khaleesi, for example, was once a weak girl completely controlled by her overbearing weird ass brother and raped everyday by the man she was forced to marry. Four seasons later, she’s the mother of dragons, a queen who released thousands of slaves and taken over numerous cities people only wished they could control. This being said, I feel like this life lesson is really important, just take a look at Sansa Stark’s face during the last episode and you’ll understand how quick a person can go from underdog, weak and useless to a stronger, tougher, more intelligent person. Be strong and take a stance, and with enough passion, you will make a difference.

You just got littlefingered.

10) Be careful who you trust. If there’s a guy who’s a little too interested in your wife, running a brothel, and flat-out telling you not to trust him, you probably shouldn’t include him in your plans to overthrow the monarchy.Simply follow your intuition and guts, some people just aren’t trustworthy, and you shouldn’t include them in your life cause they will most of the time create a big mess, or get you killed like poor Ned.

31 Cliché Life Lessons "Game Of Thrones" Has Taught Us

11) Sometimes you just have to keep your mouth shut. Being arrogant or trying to bribe people all the time isn’t always the best solution, in the show, it can cost you a body part, like what happened with Jaime when Locke sassily cut his sword-hand off. In real life, it can cost you life, time, money, energy, friends, a job… You got the point, it can cost a lot you don’t afford to lose. So pay attention to when you need to keep it shut.

12) Take things as simply as Hodor. Gosh i love Hodor, he once summed up the meaning of life when he said, “Hodor”. All jokes aside, Hodor is known as one of the most endearing characters of the Game of Thrones series, no fan of the show can hate Hodor, he’s just a fun-loving simple man who has a massive heart (and body) and will do anything for those he loves. He protects the little Starks like if his life was on the stake. Sometimes, when things get complicated, just remember to take a peak from Hodor’s book and respond with positivity and openness. Try not to repeat your name over and over, being simple is a great thing while making yourself look like a retard isn’t.

13) There’s no way out of the friend zone. Just ask Ser Jorah Mormont. But to be honest, I think Deany and Jorah would make the best couple ever, some fans say he’s too old, but does it really count in a world where dragons exist?

14) “Everybody dies sooner of later. Don’t worry about your death. Worry about your life. Take charge of your life as long as it lasts.”  This one quote is pretty self-explanatory. You can think whatever you want about the seedy Peter Baelish aka Littlefinger, but he’s one of my favourite ‘villains’ in the show, I think his manipulation techniques and master plan to take over the Iron Throne are just genius, and he can be so wise. If I had to give the Throne to someone from King’s Landing I would have a hard time chosing between Varys and Littlefinger. They’re the true masterminds behind all the politics of the show.

15) “If we beheaded every Ranger who lay with a girl, the Wall would be manned by headless men.” One of the most well-known rules of those who watch the Wall is that they must not have relations with women so they aren’t distracted from their duties. When someone points out that Jon Snow has slept with a woman, the wise Aemon responds with this. He’s insightful enough to understand that everyone makes mistakes, and that punishing for the sake of punishing can’t be beneficial to the person. Sometimes, we need to put ourselves in the shoes of others and start forgiving, treating them as we would want them to treat us.

16) “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” Tyrion Lannister is the punching bag of King’s Landing for something he can’t control: his stature. Even if other’s insults sometimes hurt him, he never lets this keep him down. On the inverse, he learned how to turn this situation around with so much badassery I’m actually quite impressed. “Let them see that their words can cut you, and you’ll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name, take it and make it your own. Then they can’t hurt you with it anymore.” Tyrion is one of the most beloved characters amongst the fans (me included), and it’s probably because he’s an inspiration to everyone struggling with bullying or obstacles that they can’t control. He’s hated by his siblings, father, nation, his lover betrayed him and cheated on him, his stature makes him the joke of an entire family… but he’s holding on, he doesn’t surrender, and that’s what’s torrific about him.

17) “There is only one god and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: “Not today.” This quote by the stylish Syrio Forel is by far the best motivation for every day; life is a constant battle for survival, if we lose the desire to stay human, to stay alive, we die on the inside, and there’s nothing worse than being a living corpse with a dead soul. There has to be a light that burns inside of us, a flame, a passion, something! When the person surrenders to resignation and fate, life has no meaning whatsoever.

18) Joffrey taught us that if you’re an asshole, there’s always the chance that you will get fucked. Isn’t it obvious? The more cocky, arrogant, mean and horrible you behave, the more reasons you give the world and others to betray you, stab you in the back and hurt you. So please, for fuck’s sake: don’t be an asshole. We already have one, we don’t need another one in our lives.

19) “The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.” A great line from Lord Eddard Stark. Not only should everyone do his own dirty work, but people should leave up to their words and promises, if a person just can’t do something, he’d better not say it or ask someone to do it in his place. We are what we do, not what we promise to do or say we will do. We are our actions, not our thoughts and intentions. Reneging on promises is also a bad choice as Robb Stark teached us when he cancelled his wedding one of Fray’s daughters, it came with disastrous consequences, so be what you say and try not to give promises you know you won’t keep. If not, get prepared to have the Lannisters sending their regards to you during your own wedding.

20) “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” There’s an african quote that says exactly the same thing “If you want to go fast, go alone. if you want to go far, go together.” 

Oh and of course, always listen to your mom.

Peace out everyone, let’s all wait now for season 5 like if it was resurrection day.

FZ


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