Trending News: Chart Plots The Inner Vs. Outer Beauty Of Every ‘GoT’ Character
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The New York Times has charted every GoT character’s beauty against their overall goodness. It’s pretty epic.
Game of Thrones has made a delicate art out of moral ambiguity. Goodness is all relative in Westeros. But what about beauty? Surely that’s a little more cut and dried.
Apparently not, according to the New York Times (soft paywall), which, inspired by a viral Belgian Instagram project from last summer, has asked readers to rate every Game of Thrones character on a two dimensional chart. The results are an eye-opener.
Big winners are of course Jon Snow, his half brother Rob Stark, half sister Sansa, Daenerys and Missandei. Babes, the lot of them. And all pretty good for the most part. The losers were the Night King — no shit — and the poor old Clegane brothers. Well, Gregor, anyway (or what’s left of him in there).
The rest are scattered all over the place. Evil and beautiful? Cersei, naturally. Ugly but good? Hodor. Sorry mate.
But there is a trend, and as the Times points out, it says a lot about how we view the relationship between beauty and morality. Despite it looking random at first, when you take a closer look it’s clear the characters on the Times chart lie in a vague diagonal line from the the bottom left to top right. This is because, to a certain extent, we conflate moral goodness with physical goodness. So, some characters — Bronn, Littlefinger and Tywin Lannister — score lower for physical looks than you think they might if the actors were separated from their characters.
Anyway, the whole chart is interactive, so you can plot the characters yourself and then see how your ratings compare to the crowd’s. Check it out here.
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In 2016 Game of Thrones the TV series had listed 553 cast members across its then six series. Impressive, until a computer revealed that there were 2,103 characters in the books from the series, A Song of Ice and Fire.