Game of Thrones and Disabled Characters

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Game of Thrones returns tonight for its fourth adventuress series, we guess each actor read through their scripts with trepidation to see how many episodes they will last but death isn’t the only element which runs through the award winning plots. The episodes also cover disability in numerous shapes and forms, so let’s try to tackle these barbaric cast members without being executed before we upload the blood-soaked, gory article online.

Let battle commence with Tyrion Lannister. Snapping the disabled stigma into smithereens we first encountered Tyrion (played by Peter Dinklage) amidst an orgy of women portraying the testosterone beast as a sexually active character. He lost his mother at birth due to complications which led to his physical mutated appearance and different coloured eyes. His relationship with his father his Tywin is crumbled because he blames him for his wives death.

Despite his relationship with Tywin, Tyrion forms a bond with his brother Jamie who recognises his sibling’s humour and intelligence. Tyrion is also symphonic towards others who, like himself, are detached from society because of their differences. His commendable plans for the future for travelling the world are thwarted by his father who throws him into a role overlooking the sewers at Casterly Rock.

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Tywin also interferes with his son’s marriage to Tysha, a victim of rape, by urging Jamie to tell his brother she is a prostitute. The theme runs through Tryion's sexual path as the only time he has sex with a woman is through fellow prostitutes which reflects how relationships between disabled people can be perceived away from fictional environments.

Bran (Isaac Hempstead) wasn’t born with a disability, his physical limitations trace back to when he was thrown out of a window paralysing him from the neck down. The accident belittled Bran’s reputation displaying a pitiful, helpless character. To others his disability overweighs his abilities which once again reflect how the real world sometimes portrays disabled people.

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Tywin acknowledges Bran’s frustration and helps him back on trek – quite literally in fact, by finding a new saddle modified for his abilities so he ride horses again. It isn’t just gallops which canter back into Bran’s life; he learns how to use a bow and arrow again but most importantly he changes his image from a helpless character into one which is seen with dignity.

Varys’ (Conleth Hill) condition could be classed as a ‘snip’ compared to Tywin and Bran’s, but his castration paints the image he has lost his balls in more ways than one. His manhood loss entices an array of verbal bullying especially from Petyr Baelish who relishes in such juvenile delinquency.

Game of Thrones also dips into learning disability territory, although unlike Tywin and Bran’s characters which shine through their challenging conditions Hordor (Kristian Nairn) is portrayed as an unwanted beast that excels at very little in life.

Game of Thrones is on Sky Atlantic, Mondays at 9pm.