Joffrey

Game of Thrones in an Age of Greed

  1. April 3, 2014 @ 1:31 pm Anna Mae Duane

    What a great piece! You’ve made me think of how much the various patriarchs (or patriarchs-in-training) function as windingo. They not only privilege individual over community they swallow the community as part of their royal egos. Certainly Joffrey is the worst offender, but Jaimie, Tywin Lannister, and even the Rob and Ned Stark are all invested in consolidating their own power/wealth often through bloodline. Through strong, healthy offspring, they become immortal. The imp, the characters with disabilities, the eunuchs, etc. all queer this narrative in really provocative ways.

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  2. April 3, 2014 @ 1:38 pm Michelle Burnham

    These are excellent examples of patriarchs as windigo, Anna: “swallowing the community” is exactly right. This Slate piece on the new season (no spoilers) also makes me think that there is something gluttonous about the experience of viewing the show: we always want more, even though we’ve always already had too much: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/television/2014/04/game_of_thrones_season_4_reviewed.html

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