Game of Thrones includes lots of strong, powerful women. It’s one of the things viewers love about the show. There is no preference for male or female when it comes to characters who can and will step up and stand up to anyone who stands in their way. Game of Thrones women love deeply and passionately, and they will do anything they have to do to protect anyone or anything they care about. Entertainment Weekly says that will be even more true in Game of Thrones Season 6. HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo told them the scoop.
“The women are rocking this season — and I’m not just saying that because they’re on your cover. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) always does, but also Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Arya (Maisie Williams), Sansa (Sophie Turner), Cersei (Lena Headey), Margaery (Natalie Dormer), and other characters too, like Yara (Gemma Whelan). They power this season. It’s organic to the storytelling, yet a radical shift. It’s the women that are the hope that we’re watching as the chess pieces move this season, and it’s very exciting.”
Although the runaway HBO hit series does not always follow the Game of Thrones books exactly, they have followed a pattern set forth by author George R.R. Martin. Westeros was first shown to Game of Thrones viewers as a male-dominated world ruled by the likes of Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). One by one, these characters have suffered tragic deaths. In the wake of great grief and danger that follows the death of each of these men, the Game of Thrones women have stepped up and learned how to survive and succeed, for both themselves and the people they love.
Lena Headey, who plays the female half of the ultra-creepy incestuous Game of Thrones couple Cersei Lannister and brother Jaime Lannister, spoke about her role this season. Lena said that things will get even more weird and dark between the two siblings. Who would have thought that was even possible? In Season 5 of Game of Thrones, the second of Cersei’s children died. Jaime’s attempt to rescue her, their child Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free), and bring her home failed. Things got even worse for Cersei as she had to admit her adultery to the Faith Militant and take a punishing Walk of Shame. Never a Game of Thrones character to be kept down, in the new episodes she will work with Jaime to get revenge on the religious fanatics. A prophecy of the death of all three of her children was revealed in the beginning of last season, so we can probably expect to see the last die this season as well. She’s just one more Game of Thrones woman who will show viewers what she’s got and do what she needs to exact revenge and protect her own.
Check out the Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer. At about 0:50, she is told to “Step aside or there will be violence,” to which Cersei replies, “I choose violence.” No matter what fans think or feel about this Lannister female, that line is full of strength, power and resistance, and it makes viewers want to cheer on this fierce woman.
Game of Thrones creators won’t share exactly what’s going to happen with the women of Westeros, or anyone else in Season 6, but they have said that they believe this season will be the best ever, and that’s saying a lot. They promise battles that are bigger than ever and characters sure to shock everyone.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24. Fans will be tuning in to see what happens next.
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