Game of Thrones has a habit of setting up characters on a particular side of the moral spectrum before giving them with a conclusion that will shock or satisfy viewers. As Joffrey was a constant nuisance throughout the series, fans celebrated when he choked to death at his own wedding. On the other hand, after expecting Oberyn Martell to be a long-lasting hero, fans were shell-shocked when his skull was crushed by Ser Gregor Clegane. However, after getting viewers to root for Bronn due to his nonchalant approach to life, the showrunners might've caused fans to turn against the quick-witted anti-hero.
In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, the Lannister army faced the Dothraki horde and a 200-foot dragon on the fields of the Reach. As Jaime had come prepared with Qyburn's scorpion, he sent Bronn across the battlefield to access the dragon-killing weapon and take down the fire-breathing monster.
Although it was breathtaking to witness the sellsword strike fear into the heart of Daenerys Targaryen, Jerome Flynn believes his character might've lost a few fans after injuring Drogon,
"I was surprised when I was watching it. I spent weeks on that sequence, but I was on the edge of my seat, the adrenaline was running — they really nailed it. Although since the day the battle aired, I’ve been a little unpopular, I have to say. My postman won’t speak to me because I shot the dragon."
Although Bronn isn't exactly a role model, he's gained a following thanks to his humor and his relationship with the Lannister brothers. He portrayed a sense of pragmatism when he chose not to fight for Tyrion, despite their long-term friendship and a chance to earn some more gold. Although he was siding with Jaime for money, he showcased loyalty towards the Kingslayer by (presumably) saving him in the closing moments of "The Spoils of War".
So, despite going through a dramatic character development, fans have turned against Bronn because he went up against Daenerys, one of the fandom's most treasured characters. This goes to show that allegiances among fans are likely to change now that each battle will feature many of our favorite characters.
'Game Of Thrones' Continues To Blur The Lines Between Good And Evil
Ever since Game of Thrones began, the Lannisters have been portrayed as cruel and conniving characters, while Daenerys has been shown to be the voice of the people and the savior of the Seven Kingdoms. However, throughout the course of six seasons, characters have undergone tremendous changes that have given fans a lot to consider when comparing the world's supposed heroes and villains.
This aspect of the show was most evident during 'The Loot Train Attack', as we sympathized with the Lannister army despite supporting Daenerys since the beginning - a point that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was quick to make during his interview with Entertainment Weekly.
"Even though Daenerys is the hero and the Lannisters are the villains, being burned alive is not great. It's a terrifying thing when this monster flamethrower comes along and incinerates thousands of men who are just doing their job."
As the Breaker of Chains has been known to be a sympathetic ruler, seeing her unleash terror upon those who were simply following orders was uneasy for fans that wholeheartedly support the character. This dilemma came to a head when Jaime dashed towards Daenerys with the intention to kill her - thus making it difficult to choose a side.
With the presence of Tyrion on the battlefield, who acted as the audience surrogate, this confusion was further strained as his feelings for Jaime and Daenerys aligned with our own,
"How brilliant is that? And that’s Tyrion’s perspective, standing there. He’s got Daenerys when she gets shot down, and then his brother is who’s trying to kill her; Tyrion can’t win, really. But that’s part of the brilliance of where we’ve got to in the story after seven years of that character investment."
With the White Walkers marching towards the Wall and the possibility of another Hellfire-laden attack by Cersei, interactions between central characters are bound to cause further turmoil. In fact, Season 7 deserves a lot of praise for finally questioning fans' love for a character, thereby providing an emotional experience that will be etched in our memories forever.
Who were you supporting during 'The Loot Train Attack'? Let me know in the comments.
(Source: Making Game of Thrones)