Games of Thrones in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
If you’ve been on the Internet at all during the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be writing and producing new Star Wars movies. This development brings a lot of questions about what we can expect. How will the duo’s experience in drama for adults translate into what is largely a family-friendly franchise? What kind of a plot can we expect from a team known for serial storytelling with a large ensemble cast? And, most importantly, which Game of Thrones characters would fit the best in the Star Wars universe?
Spoilers for Game of Thrones Ahead
1. Brienne of Tarth
Arguably the most morally pure character on Game of Thrones, Brienne of Tarth is who Jedi aspire to be. She has a strong sense of righteousness and loyalty, and her journey as a would-be knight would translate well into the story of a Force-user trying to do the right thing. And even though she’s normally taking commands in Game of Thrones, her virtue would make her an ideal Jedi master. She has certainly gained enough wisdom in her travels to be an effective teacher.
All that about Brienne’s moral fortitude said, I have the strangest feeling that she and Captain Phasma would get along pretty well.
2. Tywin Lannister
The Lord of Casterly Rock could offer the Dark Side forces something they very rarely get: a competent leader. Sure, they have Vader and Palpatine, but that’s about it. Other evil leaders tend to be hubristic at best (Grand Moff Tarkin) and inept at worst (General Hux).
Tywin is one of the greatest and most strong-willed commanders in Game of Thrones. He would be a total gamechanger for the Dark Side. The man was the biggest single factor in the Lannisters coming out on top in the War of the Five Kings. He was such a strong leader that those around him relied on him for almost everything—a fact they only realized when faced with his death. Of course, all empires must eventually fall. But had Tywin been running things, the Galactic Empire probably would have lasted a bit longer.
3. Jon Snow
Hidden family histories are familiar territory for Star Wars. It’s also one of the more intriguing aspects of Game of Thrones fan-darling Jon Snow. The lineage of everyone’s favorite bastard king as a Targaryen had been hinted at in previous seasons, and finally confirmed in the most recent season. His once-secret lineage gives him the strongest claim to the Iron Throne, just as Luke Skywalker’s once-secret lineage made him a strong contender to restore the Jedi order.
Moreover, much like Luke, Jon has been on his own journey to become a leader, all while walking the line between his better nature and his darker impulses. Both characters follow the hero’s journey very closely. The path that Jon Snow follows fits naturally into the types of stories that the Star Wars universe likes to tell.
4. Arya Stark
The younger Stark daughter has that adventurous and individualistic character that is such a hallmark of the Star Wars franchise. She takes to being on her own quite well, making friends and allies as needed, much like the ragtag groups of heroes that define the main cast of Star Wars movies.
Additionally, Arya goes off to join an order of religious warriors—a theme that’s pretty common in Star Wars. Of course, the Faceless Men are more of a cult than the Jedi. They’re also much more brutal in pursuing their goals. Still, they are in many ways like a dark mirror of the Jedi. They serve a higher power and uphold their own code of justice. Arya Stark and the Jedi are similar in almost every way, including their pursuit of greater power.
While the Lord of Light might not be perfectly analogous to the Force, Melisandre is one of the few Game of Thrones characters to demonstrate actual magic. The things she is capable of doing seem to be the closest thing to Force powers on the show. And while it’s hard to imagine Rey or Luke assassinating someone via shadow demon offspring, it’s an ability I’m sure Darth Sidious would have appreciated.
6. Jaime Lannister
Who doesn’t love a good redemption story? The original Star Wars saga is all about Anakin Skywalker’s fall from and return to grace. Perhaps the greatest redemption story Game of Thrones offers us is that of Jaime Lannister. It’s easy to hate him early on. He’s arrogant, violent, and deceptive. However, as the story goes on, we see him develop as more pieces of his character fall into place. What we’re left with is a sympathetic man whose experiences and trials shaped him.
Furthermore, since the second season, Jaime has been more and more trying to do the right thing. In light of his father’s death, especially, he feels the burden of responsibility. The last season ended with him on a clear path toward redemption, leaving the comfort and love of his sister to stand on the side of righteousness. It was a rewarding moment for many fans. Like Anakin’s redemption, it’s late, but impactful. In both Game of Thrones and Star Wars, it’s a long road to justice, but the right characters eventually bring us there.
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