Many Americans (my husband and me included) have done a little binge watching over the holidays. HBO has been replaying the seven seasons of Game of Thrones. I am a reluctant fan as I have to cover my eyes during some of the violent scenes, but the intrigue of the storylines make me wonder about human nature, power over others, compassion and other emotions.
As I philosophize about the show, I like to also consider the actors and some of the other movies and TV shows they are in. I wonder if we as humans, could take off our prejudices and old habits of behavior as easily as the actors change their characters depending on what role they are reading at any given moment.
Emelia Clarke who plays Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones, also acts in a movie that is a favorite of mine, Me Before You. In Me Before You, Clarke’s character, Louisa Clark, is pretty much the polar opposite of Daenerys Targaryen. Louisa Clark is a caregiver for a rich quadriplegic man named Will Traynor, played by Sam Claflin who many binge watchers might know from the Hunger Game Movies.
Louisa Clark is quirky, bubbly, outgoing, outrageously dressed and in her own words, “has never hated anyone.” Unlike Louisa, Daenerys Targaryen has been raised to reacquire the throne over the seven kingdoms with only slightly less ruthlessness than one of the other Game of Throne ruling families, the Lannister’s.
The head of the Lannister family is a callous father named Tywin Lannister, played by Charles Dance. Dance happens to play Stephen Traynor, the father of the quadriplegic man in Me Before You.
In the Game of Thrones world, if Daenerys and Tywin met, it would be anyone’s guess as to whose first-in-command would try to kill the other first and with what weapon – dragon, poisoned wine, or crossbow. Holding the throne is all that matters.
In the Me Before You world, Louisa Clark and Stephen Traynor are trying to find ways to help Will lead a more fulfilling, less painful life. Compassion and love is all they try to exhibit.
I have wondered if Dance and Clarke discussed this at their first table read of the Me Before You script. I often wondered if they joked about reading the Me Before You script with their Game of Throne personas or vice versa? Would you even be able to read Daenerys Targaryen as a doe eyed optimist who holds no grudge and not only looks for the good in everyone, but finds it? Maybe, maybe not. But reading Tywin Lannister as an unconditional loving father like Stephen Traynor is not believable.
I believe the validity of wondering about these cross versions of characters and personas is in the discussion of what we need to let go of in our past actions and beliefs, what we need to forgive and forget of ourselves and others who may have been party to storylines that we no longer need to repeat.
We would be better served if we could resolve to clear our energetic slates or our energetic character roles of any false beliefs, discordant emotions, old habits and attachments to old situations and prior lifetimes. We would be better served, if we could start everyday as a new role, a new character that we allow our “better angels” to help us form. If we could look at our experiences and respond with “well, I don’t need to act in that drama again because I have already played that part and I have already experienced what that felt like. Now, I can act a different way, believe something new and see what that experience feels like. I can choose joy, love and compassion over hate, revenge and greed. I can choose self-love and confidence over self-pity and loathing.”
For me that is the fun of comparing different “worlds” and our parts in those worlds. Choose to experience the actions that make you happy and whole. Choose to let go of any drama that doesn’t enhance your vision of yourself and others.
Choose a new experience, the one of yourself as completely in your power and love as Source.
(Much love and gratitude to the contributors of the amazing images from Pixabay.com)