Before delving into this post, I would like to make it known that I have NEVER (before last night, anyway) watched “Game of Thrones” in any form or fashion. But last night, I was led to searching YouTube clips of the show (because I’m a HUGE Natalie Dormer fan, and I was looking for any clips of her) and spent a good bit of time getting acquainted with the storyline.
- I fell in love with yet another British actress (what is it with me and British actresses?) – Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen.
- I found myself with a bad case of insomnia, as all I could think of was the amazing lessons to be learned from this clip (epiphanies can completely undo us, sometimes). It wasn’t until much tossing and turning, I was finally able to put my epiphany to rest by promising to write a blog about it today. So, in keeping my promise to…well…myself, here are the “Life Lessons” learned from this final scene of Season 3 of Game of Thrones.
Life Lesson #1: We Learn to Love our Chains
In this clip, Daenerys (aka Mother of Dragons and Khaleesi) has had her quite formidable military leaders liberate the slaves of Yunkai by defeating the lords of the city. She is waiting for the Yunkai to come out of the city to meet her. She is worried, because after all…
~ Daenerys Targaryen
These chains come in many forms. The more obvious ones – slavery, oppression, addiction, etc – are chains that come form those outside of ourselves and are forced upon us. But there are also chains in our lives that we force upon ourselves. Pride, envy, scorn, malice, unwillingness to forgive, and other such things that comes from the depths of our souls also keep us from living free. These are the things that wear down our souls, eating away at us as we plunge deeper and deeper into the chasms of hatred, pessimism, and depression. But we refuse to let these go, believing that it is for our own good to be distrustful, looking out for ourselves first, as this is the “wise” thing to do.
But what happens when we are shackled to these things? We find ourselves unable to relate well with others…ultimately alone and isolated (and humans are not meant to be isolated and alone). We cannot revel in the joy of freely relating with others because we become suspicious and wary. Even if we do find someone we can trust in, the pride and the selfishness that is revealed in us repels those who try to get close.
It’s a problem…a real problem. And we unfortunately do not have the ability to free ourselves from these chains because we live in a world that forces us to hang onto them in order to survive.
The only way we can hope to be free is if someone else, who is unaffected by such chains and have power over those who force them on us, breaks them for us. This is what Daenerys does for the Yunkai people – with such powerful fighters at her disposal, she is able to command them to free them from the influences that keep the Yunkai enslaved. In the same way, we need one who is free from the things that enslave us to free us…because it’s impossible to break chains when you are so very tangled up in them.
Life Lesson #2: Freedom is Ours to Take
Most people would agree with Missendei when she tells the Yunkai that they owe their freedom to Daenerys. After all, it was her action against the masters of the city that gave them the ability to walk away from slavery.
The Yunkai could either choose to continue living captive to their past chains…or they can choose to throw them down and live freely. Once we understand what our chains are, and that they have been overcome on our behalf, we have the opportunity to choose to continue hanging onto them or cast them aside. It’s not easy to cast them aside, because we found safety in these chains…as long as we wore them, we would not be harmed. We could survive. It takes courage to step away from this security and allow the freedom to sink in, because its risky business.