An Ode to House Lannister

In honor of tonight’s “Game of Thrones” Season 6 premiere, I decided to dedicate a post to my assigned House. (You can click here to find out which House you belong in.)

Everyone knows that being labeled a Lannister is sort of like being sorted into Slytherin. You’re misperceived as pretentious, power-hungry, and maybe incestuous.

Anyone with a real heart of a lion knows differently.

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Aside from the money and the proximity to power – qualities that often coincide with the negative perception of the Lannisters – they are loyal, complex, and brave.

Lannister Loyalty: Tywin, for all his other shortcomings, instilled family pride into his children. Once you have won the respect of a Lannister, you can expect their loyalty. Additionally, they inspire loyalty in others (i.e. Pod to Tyrion, Bronn to Jaime).

Lannister Complexity: Think of your favorite storylines in GoT. No doubt a Lannister is involved in some way. Because the Lannisters thrive in the morally gray department, they are more fascinating to watch. We want to know why Cersei is so loving with her children but so awful to the rest of the world. We want to know how Tyrion will outsmart his next foe. Their complexity makes them a compelling family.

Lannister Bravery: Even proud Lannisters are hesitant to defend Cersei, but you have to admire her unfaltering bravery. Hear me out! She was forced into marriage with a drunken brute who still pined for another, and she went to her duty without protest. Moreover, she would face anything, including the shame of being paraded through the streets in her birthday suit, just to see her goals achieved. Let’s not forget Jaime. Though he can be misguided, he has stared down death more than his fair share of times. And Tyrion! Where do we even begin? Tyrion’s whole existence is a shining example of bravery. Anyone else who had suffered his abuse and neglect might have given up, but Tyrion used it as the armor that made him stronger.

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Still not convinced? No matter. We Lannisters always have a way of making our roar heard….one way or another.

Enjoy tonight’s premiere!

 

Females are Strong as Hell

After the Treasury Department stated that Alexander Hamilton was safe on the $10, we fans of the musical were breathing a sigh of relief. What we didn’t know was that we were in for another treat.

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew hurtled American currency into the 21st by announcing Harriet Tubman would be featured on a redesign of the $20 bill.

Finally, a female face will grace our money! What’s more, Tubman is one of the most impressive women Sec. Jacob J. Lew and his team could have chosen.

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After escaping a life of slavery at the age of 29, Tubman kicked off a long career of badassery. In addition to freeing hundreds of slaves via the Underground Railroad, Tubman was a spy for the Union army during the Civil War. Keep in mind that she was doing this decades before women even had the right to vote. Seriously, how much more impressive can a person get?

I mean, just look at her expression. It seems to shout through the centuries, “Don’t test me, for I am woman.”

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As if this historic update to our currency wasn’t special enough, it seems that it was inspired by a future female leader. An 11-year-old Cambridge, Massachusetts native named Sophia wrote a letter to President Obama two years ago with one simple birthday wish. She wanted a woman represented on the USD. Rejoice, Sophia! We’ve gotten our wish.

It begs the question: What will women do next?