Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Game of Thrones: The Sons - Robb Stark and Jon Snow

Truth time. I don't much like eldest Stark son, Robb. In the novels, like many of the characters, he's much younger. There's something intriguing and sad about a fourteen year old who has to step up to the plate and be king.

Richard Madden as Robb Stark on Game of Thrones
But in the television series, he's roughly eighteen. And I find him to be a whiny bitch. In this universe especially, eighteen is very much an adult. He should have the poise and grace of his father. When he's pompous or over-eager, he just seems weak. He doesn't have the folly of youth to hide behind. And therefore, I find him a much better character in the novel.

Richard Madden as Robb Stark on Game of Thrones
Jon, on the other hand, is a great character either way. The bastard of Ned Stark, he grew up being hated by his father's wife. He was a constant reminder that Ned had been unfaithful and Catelyn had no qualms showing him her disgust. In the pilot, when Jon finds the dire wolf pups, he doesn't even think to take one for himself until a 6th one - the runt - is found. He feels his outsider status acutely. And it's angsty.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones Season One bastard of Ned Stark
When Jon goes to The Wall, the quality of his character comes into focus. He becomes a mentor to all his fellow outsiders and protector of poor, craven Sam. He far better represents the honor and dignity of house Stark than Robb.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones Season One bastard of Ned Stark
He also has a fun little speech about how he couldn't bear to sleep with a whore because he feared creating a new bastard. That sort of self loathing immediately earns him great sympathy.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones Season One bastard of Ned Stark
With his outsider status, his mommy angst, and the fact that he's actually one of the more decent human beings on Game of Thrones, he wins my vote for best Stark son. Plus, between him and Robb, I find him much easier on the eye :)

1 comment:

  1. While I adore Richard Madden, I must agree that due to them making Robb older in the show, he does end up being an inferior character. I still liked him, but he was far better in the books. I still liked the show Robb, but he wasn't anything special, and once they introduced Talisa they completely pissed on his entire personality. I actually completely fell in love with Robb in the books (not in a creepy way) so when they buggered him up like that it really annoyed me.

    But neither did I care for Jon Snow in the show. He's TOO angsty and sullen; that's pretty all I see of his personality in the show, whereas in the books he's much more complex. There are in fact parts in the books where he smiles or laughs; I've never seen him laugh in the show.

    All in all, it's mainly the fact that the show, while generally great, is extremely poorly written in comparison to the books. That, and I really, really feel like most of the actors (and script writers) don't fully understand their characters.

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