Praising the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in “A Game of Thrones”

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)

A Game of Thrones, I think, is excellently written. The characters and the world they live in are complex and thought-provoking, and there is never a dull moment — never a moment where I think “Ugh. Get on with it.” George R.R. Martin deserves the praise he has gotten for creating the world of Westeros.

I’m almost done with A Game of Thrones — I have less than 200 pages to go, I’d say — and though, of course, I won’t be able to judge the story as a whole until I’ve read the whole book, I wanted to take time to say to my fellow Christians, who have spent a lot of time lamenting Game of Thrones if articles like these are anything to go by…

GAME OF THRONES is So Graphic, Porn Websites Are Stealing the Content

True Love vs. Stockholm Syndrome: Does Hollywood Know the Difference?

Purge Night: Hollywood Movie Inspired Monday’s Riots and Looting

…that there is goodness, truth, and beauty in the world that George R.R. Martin has created.*

Since I don’t have HBO, and I prefer to stick to George R.R. Martin’s version of Westeros, I won’t be watching Game of Thrones.

But, reading the first book, I can tell you, my fellow Christians, that there is a lot to commend about it.

For example:


1. Belief in a higher power who sees himself as a shepherd and sees his creation as his flock:

“All men are one flock, or so we are taught,” replied Mirri Maz Dur. “The Great Shepherd sent me to earth to heal his lambs, wherever I might find them.” (Page 672.)

Who does that remind me of…


2. It is considered evil to summon the dead:

“Once I begin to sing, no one must enter this tent. My song will wake powers old and dark. The dead will dance here this night. No living man must look on them.” (Page 712)


I believe what Ser Barristan Selmy says is true:

“…there is honor in facing an enemy on the battlefield, but none in killing him in his mother’s womb.” (Page 353.)



A person’s religious beliefs, and the place where they practice those beliefs, being a source of comfort:

“The godswood was an island of peace in the sea of chaos that Winterfell had become… The gods were looking over him, he told himself… his father’s gods. He felt safe in their sight, and the deep silence of the trees helped him think.” (Page 572 — 573)

What does that make me think of…


*I’ve said on this blog that I am done writing about Movieguide. And I am. I’m just including Movieguide’s articles in this post to help illustrate the point I’m trying to make: There is a lot to commend about A Game of Thrones.


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