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The Game of Thrones – Season Two

People with HomeBoxOffice could have watched the second season of “Game of Thrones” last year, but I do not have HomeBoxOffice, so I watched the second season of “Game of Thrones” on dvd’s from Netflix.

There are some movies and television shows that affect me emotionally. “Game of Thrones” is such a show. I like it because it is Medieval in character, even though it is not historical. I also like it because it is full of surprises. I was surprised at the end of the first season when Ned Stark died. I was surprised at the end of the second season when King Joffrey broke his engagement to Sansa Stark and became engaged to Margaery Tyrell. I was also surprised that the eunuch Lord Varys was kind to Tyrion Lannister and brought Shae, his beloved concubine, to be with him. I never expected Lord Varys to do anything good.

The battle scenes were excellent, but for me the best scenes were the ones between Tyrion and Shae. There are many prostitutes in “Game of Thrones”, and in general the prostitutes are nothing more than prostitutes, but Shae is special. That Tyrion would fall in love with her is not extraordinary; she is a beautiful woman, and he a good young man. Tyrion was portrayed in the first season as a pleasure-seeking hedonist, who happened to be very clever. The second season, however, shows him to be a great man, trapped in a small body. There are some men who could have proper marriages, with children and a good family life. Such men do wrong if they choose the temporary sexual pleasures that can be enjoyed with prostitutes instead of the greater, longer-lasting, and more spiritual joys of family. From a Christian point-of-view this would be a sin. From a human point-of-view, this is just stupid. Choosing a lesser good when a greater good is possible is stupid. On the other hand, there are some men for whom a proper marriage, with children and a good family life is not possible. For such men, the pleasures that can be enjoyed with prostitutes are better than nothing. From a Christian point-of-view, this is a sin, but from a human point-of-view, this is good. Something is better than nothing. It is better to accept a small good that is real, rather than dreaming for a greater good that is imaginary. Being is the essence of goodness, so a good that exists, something that really is, should be chosen over an imaginary good, something that is not. For a Christian, if marriage and family is impossible, then a life of celibacy serving the Church should be chosen. “Game of Thrones” is set in an imaginary world, without Christianity, so we must judge it according to human standards. According to human standards, Tyrion does exactly what he should, and is beyond reproach. When, because of his short stature, and his father’s hatred, he cannot have a proper marriage with children and family life, he chooses prostitutes, which is reasonable because that is better than nothing. When he has the opportunity for something better, something greater, a real loving relationship with Shea, he unhesitatingly embraces the opportunity.

Family is the major theme running through “Game of Thrones”. There is the Stark family and the Lannister family, plus the Targaryens, the Baratheons, and the Greyjoys. These families are medieval, as Lady Catelyn Stark explains to her son Robb. She and her husband Eddard were not in love when they got married, but they stayed together for the good of their people and their children, and over time they grew to love each other.

Before I write more, I want a comment. What do y'all think about the second season of "Game of Thrones"?