‘Game of Thrones’ Robert Baratheon Didn’t Deserve His Throne

Perhaps the most important theme of both the Game of Thrones TV series and the George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels it’s based on is the critique of monarchies, particularly the kind of absolute monarchies found in the show’s medieval societies. While some are significantly more noble than others, all the various kings and queens who claim Westeros’ Iron Throne throughout the series eventually become corrupted by their pursuits of power, except for poor, doomed Tommen Baratheon (Callum Wharry and Dean-Charles Chapman), who was manipulated by so many different factions that he barely held any real authority, despite nominally being king.

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Author: Gregory Mysogland