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Which Character(s) or House was ruined the most by GOT?

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House sigil? Well the Targaryen sigil with its four-legged dragon. House Stark and its different sigil because making an entire direwolf was apparently too hard.

As for the houses themselves:

House Tyrell with their history of sucking at fighting.

House Lannister with their lack of gold.

House Manderly with their lack of loyalty and faith.

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On 2/19/2020 at 2:08 PM, The hairy bear said:

Stannis was portrayed in some scenes as a religious fanatic, in others as a stubborn conservative, in others as a fierce defender of Shireen, etc. And it's fine that he has multiple facets. The problem is the how they were changed randomly, at the service of the requirements of the particular scene he was in. I one scene he was an skeptic and contradicted Melisandre, in the next one he seemed to follow her without hesitation, and in most he just was there without voicing any opinion.

The way good writers develop a character is by creating arcs. If you know (as the D&D knew) that Stannis will end burning his daughter as a sacrifice to R'hllor, you should show us how he gradually becomes more and more desperate, and throws himself  more and more at Melisandre's hands. They should have showed how Renly's death, the defeat at the Blackwater, the death of the three rival kings, etc. changed his relation with Melisandre and made him a believer.

Even failing to do that beforehand, once you are about to have a character murder her daughter, you should try to give him a sensible reason. We are talking about Stannis, who resisted the siege of Storm's End, refusing to surrender even when they had to resort to eat rats, and all that for a brother he didn't even like. Are we to believe that this man would kill his daughter at the first complication? If they want us to swallow that, they should have put a much greater effort to show how the situation was desperate. Show us how they tried for alternatives before. Show us how Stannis really is struggling with the decision. And most of all, do not insult the viewers by having Ramsay cause this supposedly inescapable situation with only "20 good men".

I don't know if you are aware that Stephen Dillane agrees that the character of Stannis was awfully written. He had harsh criticism for D&D after leaving the show, complaining that he could make no sense of what was written for him. He also says that no one was giving him directions on the character, and he admits he was lucky that Liam Cunningham- Davos (a fan of the books) was there to explain him how was Stannis supposed to behave at any time. Which is ironic, because D&D had actually asked to the actors not to read the books.

 

Well I guess they didn't do that much of a job to get the actors not to read the books; Ian McElhinney (Barristan Selmy) read them and was highly disappointed when he was killed in Season 5.

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Ser Barristan Selmy. Barristan the Bold, former Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. This was the man who in the books did a solo rescue mission in Duskendale. He was crucial to ending the Blackfyre Rebellion. Jaime effing Lannister squired for him.

In the later seasons I kept thinking, man, if only Daenerys still had Barristan Selmy around, they wouldn't have concocted all those dreadful battle tactics we saw in the show. We would have seen several trenches filled with hurdles for the undead. The Dothraki would still have their riders. And most importantly they wouldn't have lost two dragons before reaching King's Landing. That was where I felt the lost of Stannis and Barristan, but mostly Barristan.

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At least a lot of other Houses/characters were good in the early seasons. Dorne was almost entirely redundant (Red Viper excluded) and "The Adventures of Bronn and Jamie" in S5 were one of the clearest signs of the show's demise and D&D being bereft of ideas.

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Posted (edited)

A much better question would be: "Which characters were not ruined"?
I think it's mostly those who died early. Viserys was done well. Khal Drogo, Robert Baratheon, too. Ned Stark was mostly fine.

Edited by Annara Snow

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The Starks and Lannisters got mauled pretty badly, but it at least didn't go extinct like House Martell and House Tyrell

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On 3/15/2021 at 3:53 PM, Jaenara Belarys said:

The Starks and Lannisters got mauled pretty badly, but it at least didn't go extinct like House Martell and House Tyrell

Well, they're all set to die out anyways. There's no Lannisters left aside from Tyrion and maybe Reginald, while among the Starks, Jon can't father children because of his vows, Bran physically can't have kids, Arya isn't the mothering type, and according to her actress, Sansa's going to live out her life and not have kids... leaving things up to a succession crisis when she dies (this is my supposition).

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