Confused with the title? Well don’t be! Its a famous Gilbert and Sullivan song, from one of their better operettas “A Game of Thrones.” The song goes like this
“A Lannister is a soaring soul,
As free as a mountain bird,
His energetic fist should be ready to insist
his dictatorial words.
His hair is gold,
and also it should curl,
His cheeks should flame
and his brow should furl,
His bosom should heave
and his heart should glow,
And his fist be ever ready
for a knock-down blow.”
See where I’m going with this? Maybe not, so I guess I’ll just need to spell it out for you:
House Lannister is my favorite house in HBO’s game of thrones (and in A Song of Ice and Fire, too)
Oh, and Warning! If you haven’t seen every episode of Game of Thrones so far, up to 2 9, then beware of spoilers.
Shocked? Well you shouldn’t be. If you have read some of my older posts, you would be aware that my favorite house in Harry Potter is Slytherin. It is no wonder then that my favorite great house of Game of Thrones is the Slytherin of Westeros, the Lannisters.
Ah yes, the Lannisters. The house everyone loves to hate. I used to hate them too, back when I was reading through the first three books, but there eventually came a point where I really began to sympathize with the evil Lions, and eventually wished to join their ranks, despite a certain distaste for some of their leisure activities…
To help you understand my decision, and inevitably bring you over to my side, thus swelling the ranks of the mighty Lannister host, I will first break down why it would suck to be a member of any of the other houses.
The Inferior Houses
At first glance, House Stark would seem to be the best house. You would have awesome siblings (except for Sansa, that traitorous wench!), a super awesome murdered father who also happened to be Sean Bean, a family with a blood line that can be traced for thousands of years, all the way back to the first men, the largest land area in all of Westeros under your control, and demon wolves to do your bidding. Plus, you get to worship the old Gods, who seem way cooler than the new ones.
It seems like the Starks have it made, but there’s a catch: if you are a Stark, then only horrible things will happen to you for the whole series. It’s true, think about it. Ned had to go take a horrible job that he didn’t want, then his leg got stabbed, then he got thrown and jail, then he had to tell a lie in front of thousands, breaking his code of honor, and then he was killed for it. Sansa is just stupid and trapped in a castle full of scheming Lannisters, the worst of all fates, I’ve been told, unless of course you are a Lannister. Bran had his legs paralyzed from pretty much day one, and they dont seem to be getting better. He and Rickon got thrown out of their castle by a childhood friend and are forced to wander the wilds of the north with a mad woman and a retarded Giant. Oh, and winter is coming. Arya is pretty much a street urchin, though she is very good at it, and Jon joined to monk like brotherhood of the Nights watch, and is in the freezing north and kidnapped by crazy savages. The only one who has anything going for him is Rob, but I have a feeling that his success just cant last. Oh, and I almost forgot about Catlyn. She literally ruins everything, and I think she knows it too.
I actually quite like house greyjoy. They are essentially Vikings who worship Cthulhu. Their emblem is an awesome Kraken, and they are evil jerks. What’s not to like? Oh wait, the place where they live:
And worse still, the women that live there:
And the most worst still of all, she doesn’t even seem to know her own name! She calls herself Yara, but I’m pretty sure her name is Asha.
I just get the feeling that when it comes to house Baratheon, no one cares. They are just kind of usurpers to the Targaryen throne, and their emblem is a stupid stag. None of them are exactly likeable, and they worship a fire god who can summon creepy demons, which they then use to murder each other. Plus, it seems like ever since Robert defeated the Greyjoys, all they do is lose.
As a Targaryen, you have a 50/50 chance to be awesome or to be stupid and crazy. A risky bet, I know, but what’s worse is you’ve been defeated by the Baratheons and scattered to the four winds. Plus, you would either have a brother who is a moron and sucks, or a sister who is annoyingly stupid but has dragons.
House Arryn sucks, bad. You’d have to put up with both Lysa and Robert, both of whom are creepy idiots who are disturbingly annoying. Plus, you have to live in a castle up on a mountain. Talk about a long trip to get groceries, unless of course you take the moon door…
As far as the HBO series is concerned, those are the only houses we have actually met. Sure, we have seen Margery and Loras Tyrell, and we have heard talk (at least I think so) or the Martels in Dorne. We’ve also kind of met the Tullys, but not really, so these are the houses up for consideration.
House Lannister is better than all of these, and there are several reasons why
- They have Lord Tywin: Lord Tywin is possibly the most cunning of all the schemers in Westeros, or at least of all the schemers who are members of a major house. He is also ruthless, and his banner men are terrified to betray him, especially after what he did to the Reynes of Casamere…
- They have a hilarious Dwarf: Tyrion is awesome. I would bet 10,000,000 dollars that he is almost everyone’s favorite character in the show, and if you were a Lannister, you would get to hang out with him all the time.
- They have infinity gold: They are famous for it, in fact. Westeros runs on Lannister gold, so what do you think would happen if the gold supply suddenly dwindled? That’s called economics, and the Lannisters have literal tons of the stuff.
- They currently hold the iron throne: It is a huge advantage to already have the thing that everyone is fighting for.
- They seem to have the Tyrells, too: The tyrells produce the most food out of anyone in westeros, and I think they have the biggest army too, though as Lord Tywin says, armies don’t win wars, gold does.
- They are deliciously evil: This goes without saying. The Lannisters revel in evil, even the good ones! Sure, Tyrion is a good guy, but he also uses some rather unscrupulous means to achieve his ends.
So it’s house Lannister for me. I can’t wait to see what the end of the season brings us.