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!

 

Seven Years Behind: A Post Run Review of “Californication”

Having grown up with literary aspirations of my own, I have an inclination to gravitate towards entertainment centered around writers (i.e. Castle, Murder, She Wrote). I have a suspicion that Netflix caught on to this pattern because it recently suggested Showtime’s Californication to me.

Well played, Netflix.

Tom Kapinos’ creation is rapidly nudging its way to the top of my all-time favorite television shows list. There was a slight shock while adjusting to David Duchovny’s transition from the goofy yet lovable Fox Mulder (X-Files) to the rarely celibate and charmingly dysfunctional Hank Moody. Yet, the show’s writing and fast-paced dialogue offer a breath of fresh air from the stale haze of monotony that modern television so frequently emits.

The characters have layers, for God’s sake! Just like the non-fictional people of the real world. The actors do an outstanding job of conveying the depth of their respective characters despite the show’s deceptively shallow premise. Duchovny especially shines as he manages to take the potentially tired story arc of a writer struggling with content production and alcoholism and makes it a tale of edgy renaissance.

Be warned, though, it is not a show for those who are easily offended or have delicate sensibilities. Luckily I am neither a prude nor easily offended. My only regret with finding Californication is that I found it seven seasons too late. Needless to say, I will continue watching and appreciate the spark of television genius while it lasts.