Cutthroat Diversity


Game of Thrones only has 4 more episodes left in the season and then we have to wait an entire year again.

Rottentomatoes : 94%

Metacritic : 80

IMDb: 9.5

Emmys : 38 wins 106 nominations


Daario Naharis, HBO, Game of Thrones

Daario Naharis

Originally a Tyroshi sellsword, Daario rose to become a lieutenant in the mercenary organization the Second Sons.  Daario slays his superiors and commandeers the Second Sons to fight for a love interest of his, Daenerys Targaryen.

According to Daario his mother was a prostitute, and at the age of 12 he was sold to a slave master from Tolos.  He was trained as a pit fighter and had his first match when he was 16.   Daario’s acumen in the pits quickly became apparent, and he earned so much money for his master that he earned his freedom.

Daario has an unusual code for a sellsword; he won’t sleep with prostitutes and only kills soldiers who are trying to kill him, not bystanders.  He does this because he feels that otherwise there is no sport and it is not exciting.

During his years as a pit fighter he sharpened and honed his skill in the three main fighting styles; Dothraki, Norvoshi and Westerosi.

Daario’s weapons-of-choice are a Dothraki arakh and a Myrish stiletto, both of which have gold-plated custom-made hilts in the shape of naked women.  His fighting style leans on speed and accuracy, executing high-impact strikes.

Daario later assists in planning the siege of Yunkai and is selected along with Ser Jorah Mormont and Grey Worm to infiltrate the city.  Daario essentially serves as Daenerys’ chief military adviser, and lover.

Daario and Jorah successfully bust Daenerys out of Vaes Dothrak and the temple of the Dosh Khaleen.  She recovers Drogon, and the plan is now to board Euron Greyjoys fleet of 1,000 ships and cross the narrow sea with an army of Dothraki screamers, Unsullied, Second Sons, and 3 fully grown dragons.

Daario Naharis, HBO, Game of Thrones

Quote1The gods gave men two gifts to entertain ourselves before we die. The thrill of fucking a woman who wants to be fucked, and the thrill of killing a man who wants to kill you.Quote2 Daario Naharis

“Someone who has forgotten fear has forgotten how to hide.” — Daario Naharis

“Show too much kindness, people won’t fear you.  If they don’t fear you, they don’t follow you.” — Daario Naharis

“The Second Sons are yours, and so is Daario Naharis.  My sword is yours.  My life is yours.  My heart is yours.” — Daario Naharis

“I was the last to join your army.  I’m not your general or a member of your Queensguard or the commander of your Unsullied.  My mother was a whore.  I come from nothing.  Let me kill this man for you.” — Daario Naharis

“You weren’t made to sit on a chair in a palace.” — Daario Naharis

“I’m Daario Naharis, I always have a choice.” — Daario Naharis

“All rulers are either butchers or meat.” — Daario Naharis

“Maybe she’s flown somewhere else.  Somewhere far away from men like us.” — Daario Naharis

“You’re a romantic.  I admire that.  Sometimes I look at you and I think, so that’s what I’ll be like when I grow old.” — Daario Naharis to Jorah

Visceral, impulsive, cunning, with uncanny martial ability Daario Naharis is an Artisan.

Jon Snow, HBO, Game of Thrones

Jon Snow

Jon Snow’s exact ancestral lineage is something of a debate but it is known that his proverbial father is Lord Eddard Stark.  Ned Stark brang Jon home from Robert’s Rebellion and never really explained to anyone who he was or where we he came from.

Due to his ‘bastard’ status, Jon grew up feeling like an outsider at Winterfell.  He was generally well-treated however, as he was never hungry and always had a roof over his head and received martial training from Winterfell’s Master-at-Arms Ser Rodrik Cassel.

Jon soon joined his uncle Benjen in the ranks of the Night’s Watch. On a mission for Lord Commander Mormont, Jon infiltrated the wildlings and developed a romantic relationship with a wildling woman, Ygritte.

Jon then marches south with the Free Folk army and Mance Rayder.  He is folded into Tormund Giantsbane’s regiment with the task of scaling the wall and infiltrating Castle Black.

Jon escapes the wildlings but is severely wounded, he recovers at Castle Black.   Both Janos Slynt and Alliser Thorne are openly hostile to Jon, not believing what he says and calling for his execution. Aemon Targaryen, however, realizes that Jon is speaking the truth Jon’s execution hearing is dismissed.

Stannis Baratheon garrisons his forces at Castle Black, and has Mance Raydar executed by fire.  Jon mercifully puts an arrow through his heart during the execution.

Sam nominates Jon as the third candidate for Lord Commander and recounts how he took control of defenses at the Battle of Castle Black.  Jon ultimately wins the vote and is elected as the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.

That night while reading messages, Jon is approached by Olly on an urgent matter.  Jon is led into an ambush, sustains multiple knife wounds, and dies.

Jon is shortly thereafter resurrected by the Red Priestess Melisandre.  He hangs the trio that betrayed and killed him, leaves Castle Black and hands over his ‘cowl’ to his longtime friend Eddison Tollett.

Jon receives a threatening letter from Ramsay Bolton whom is now reigning Warden of the North, and decides to comb local villages for Stark loyalists so him and Sansa can retake Winterfell.

Jon Snow, HBO, Game of Thrones

Quote1Sometimes there is no happy choice, only one less grievous than the others.Quote2 – Jon Snow

“Night gathers and now my watch begins.  It shall not end until my death.  I am the sword in the darkness, I am the watcher on the walls.” — Jon Snow reciting the oath of the Night’s Watch

“They were born on the wrong side of the wall that doesn’t make them monsters.” — Jon Snow

“Castle Black is my home now.” — Jon Snow

“The Night’s Watch take no part in the wars of the Seven Kingdoms.” — Jon Snow

“If we want to survive we need to take Winterfell and to take Winterfell we need more men.” — Jon Snow

“I did everything I could you know that.” — Jon Snow

“If I don’t watch over you father’s ghost will come back and murder me.” — Jon Snow

“Aye, I pledged my life to the nights watch.  I gave my life to the nights watch.” — Jon Snow

“With me, lads.  Castle Black’s not falling tonight.” — Jon Snow

“You mistake me my lord that was not an offer that was a command.” — Jon Snow

“Thank you for your honesty.” — Jon Snow

“You will find little joy in your command.  But with luck, you’ll find the strength to do what needs to be done.” — Jon Snow

“I heard it was best to keep your enemies close.” — Jon Snow

“I don’t want them to kneel for me.  I want them to fight with me, when the time comes.” — Jon Snow

“I did what I thought was right.  And I got murdered for it.  Now I’m back.  Why?” — Jon Snow

Brooding, staunch, loyal, and undeniably self-sacrificing Jon Snow is a Guardian.

Melisandre, HBO, Game of Thrones

Lady Melisandre

A Red priestess from Asshai, Melisandre worships the Lord of Light. Her visions have told her that Stannis Baratheon is the true king and as his advisor, she has encouraged him to pursue the iron throne at all costs.

Originally born a slave in Essos centuries ago, Melisandre hails from Asshai and claims to wield powerful prophetical abilities.

Some years ago she crossed the Narrow Sea and came to the court of Lord Stannis Baratheon on the island stronghold of Dragonstone, to preach her faith.  Stannis and the majority of his household quickly converted to her religion.

Melisandre procures a shadow assassin who slays Stannis’ brother Renly, in order to further Stannis’ political machinations and attempt at the Iron Throne.  With a formidable navy Stannis sails on King’s Landing but suffers a crushing defeat at the Battle of the Blackwater.

He returns to Dragonstone and confronts Melisandre about the validity of her predictions.  Melisandre shows him a vision in flames that awes him and restores his faith in her.

Stannis and Melisandre regroup and head to Castle Black, where they plan to march on Winterfell and use it as a stronghold against the impending attack from the whitewalkers.  Stannis’ forces are defeated by the Bolton’s at Winterfell and he is slain by Brienne of Tarth.  Melisandre becomes despondent at Castle Black until she is convinced to perform a resurrection ritual on Jon Snow.  The ritual is ultimately successful and Melisandre now believes that Jon is “the prince who was promised.”

Melisandre, HBO, Game of Thrones

“There are some with this power.” — Lady Melisandre

“Men curse what they cannot understand.” — Lady Melisandre

“The night is dark and full of terrors.” — Lady Melisandre

“There’s only one war: life against death.” — Lady Melisandre

“I met a man who came back from the dead but the priest who did it — it shouldn’t have been possible.” — Lady Melisandre

“Everything I believed, the great victory I saw in the flames, all of it was a lie.” — Lady Melisandre

“You were right all along, the Lord never spoke to me.” — Lady Melisandre

“I never had this gift.” — Lady Melisandre

“The Lord of Light has made good on his promise my king.  His fires have melted the snows away.” — Lady Melisandre

“Afterwards.  After they stabbed you.  After you died, where did you go?  What did you see?” — Lady Melisandre

“Nothing.  There was nothing at all.” – Jon Snow

“The Lord has shown me Bolton banners burning.  You will receive what is yours by right.” — Lady Melisandre

“Lord of light, protect us.” — Lady Melisandre

“Lord of light, show us the way.” — Lady Melisandre

Quote1The lord let you come back for a reason.Quote2 — Lady Melisandre

“Stannis was not the prince who was promised but someone has to be.” — Lady Melisandre

“Death by fire is the purest death.” — Lady Melisandre

“There’s only one god Ser Davos, and he protects only those who serve him.” — Lady Melisandre

Optimistic, imaginative, relational, and highly intuitive Lady Melisandre is an Idealist.

Olenna Tyrell, HBO, Game of Thrones

Olenna Tyrell

Matriarch of House Tyrell, Lady Olenna is a seasoned veteran of Westerosi court politics and intrigue.  She’s known for her wit and sarcasm, and is popularly nicknamed the Queen of Thorns. In many ways she is the de facto head of House Tyrell.

Although Olenna consistently referred to her deceased husband Luthor as an oaf she was genuinely fond of him and confided to Margaery that she had some difficulty accepting his death.

At some point following her granddaughter’s engagement to Joffrey Baratheon, Lady Olenna moves to King’s Landing.  Ser Kevan Lannister, the new Hand of the King, then invites Olenna to sit on the Small Council.

Olenna accompanies Mace and his column of Tyrell troops to the Great Sept to watch her granddaughters proceedings.   Tommen appears and announces the new alliance between the Crown and the Faith.

Olenna Tyrell, HBO, Game of Thrones

Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

3 consecutive nominations 2015, 2014, 2013

Quote1All men are fools, if truth be told, but the ones in motley are more amusing than ones with crowns.Quote2 — Olenna Tyrell

“There is entirely too much tut-tutting in this realm, if you ask me.  All these kings would do a deal better if they put down their swords and listened to their mothers.” — Olenna Tyrell

“Night falls for all of us in the end, and too soon for some.  You would know that more than most, poor child.  You’ve had your share of grief, I know.  We are sorry for your losses.” — Olenna Tyrell

“Put the pen down, dear.  We both know you’re not writing anything.” — Olenna Tyrell

“I was told you were drunk, impertinent, and thoroughly debauched.  You can imagine my disappointment at finding nothing but a browbeaten bookkeeper.” — Lady Olenna Tyrell

“We mothers do what we can to keep our sons from the grave but they do seem to yearn for it.” — Lady Olenna Tyrell

“The world is overflowing with horrible things, but they’re all a tray of cakes next to death.” — Lady Olenna Tyrell

“Many will die no matter what we do.” — Lady Olenna Tyrell

“War is war, but killing a man at a wedding?  Horrid.  What kind of monster would do such a thing?” — Lady Olenna Tyrell

“My dear, you have been stripped of your dignity and authority, publically shamed, and confined to the Red Keep.  What’s left to work with?” — Olenna Tyrell

Pragmatic, reasonable, calm, and an acute strategist Olenna Tyrell is a Rational.

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