Character Psychology In ‘Game of Thrones’

Jon Snow is the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and has had to face a multitude of trials and tribulations resulting a mixed psyche of ideal mental health and bordering psychosis.
This character can be seen as having ideal mental health despite his occasional troughs into depression as he is fazed by all the odds and is fighting for his life and every one he cares about. He is often disrespected due to his illegitimacy in the royal family despite his true birth rite as heir to the throne under the name Aegon II Targaryen.


Arya Stark, the youngest daughter in the Stark family has recently become a faceless assassin trained in Braavos by Jaquen H’gaar after her escapades with the Hound throughout Westeros.
This character evidently suffers from OCD. This is a result of her imperative act of recalling her death list every time before she sleeps. This character also suffers from depression especially after witnessing her father’s beheading and brother’s murder. She also shows symptoms of schizophrenia through taking multiple peoples identities and passing them off as her own.


Cersei Lannister, current Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, is quite frankly a heartless and ruthless ruler without much emotion or sympathy, aspects vital to healthy living.
This wicked and evil character shows affectionless psychopathy when faced with any opponent or rival but not toward her family. She can also be seen as depressed through the loss of all three of her children and her father at the hands of her brother. Her quenching and thirst for power can be seen as filling the void left by her losses. Cersei can also be seen as not following social norms and failing to function adequately through her incestuous relationship with her twin brother Jaime.


Jaime Lannister, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and lover of his twin sister Cersei, is a complex character whose view from the audience gradually changes as the series progresses. He is seen as an obnoxious and overly confident knight but is transfigured by his journey as a prisoner through Westeros.
This character suffers from depression as a result of constant berating by locals (who call him ‘Kingslayer’ and ‘Man Without Honour’) due to his murder of the previous King of Westeros, Aerys II Targaryen, and his treatment as a prisoner throughout seasons 2 and 3. Jaime can also be seen as not following social norms and failing to function adequately through his incestuous relationship with his twin sister Cersei.


Tyrion Lannister, the ‘half-man’ and younger brother of Cersei and Jaime has voyaged across the whole of Westeros and ordered the Wildfire massacre at the Battle of Blackwater bay against the threat of Stannis Baratheon and his army. This genocide of people has weighed deeply on Tyrion’s conscience and can be seen as a source of his depression.
This character can also be seen as depressed due to his neglect, disrespect from his father due to his status as a dwarf and alcoholism. This is seen most prevalently in season 4 when Tyrion is accused of murdering the King, his nephew, Joffrey and is on trial. The character famously remarks that he ‘wish (es) that he (‘I’) was the monster that you all think I am’ a performance winning him the Best Supporting Actor Emmy.


One of three protagonists of the show, Daenerys Targaryen, the Dragon Queen is a fierce and proud leader with a hatred for dictators and slavery. She has moved from the submissive, passive wife of Khal Drogo to a strong and confident ruler worthy of the Iron Throne.
This character is seen as the ultimate leader along with her three dragons. However, the Mother of Dragons can be seen as despising slave masters and her aim to stop them has led her to severe lows of mood into depression especially during the second season where her and her people are stranded in the Red Waste, an expansive desert in Essos. She can also be seen as at risk of mental illness as a result of the genetic information from her father, Aerys II the ‘Mad King’, who enjoyed burning his enemies heartlessly.


Stannis Baratheon, the ‘One True King’ as his followers refer to him, is a delusional ruler whose brother, Robert, was the previous King of Westeros was poisoned and bitten by a wild boar, making Stannis the logical successor to the throne.
This character suffers from delusions of grandeur in believing he is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. He is also seen as having irrational thoughts through burning his daughter at the stake through influence of Melisandre. Throughout his life on the show, Stannis is seen as being depressed due to his scruffy facial hair and lack of content. His detachment from emotion points to his suffering from affectionless psychopathy.

Theon Greyjoy who was took in by the Starks after his family was murdered was a confident and strong man but soon descended into sorrow and mental trauma when he was imprisoned by the sadistic Ramsay Bolton within the dungeons of the Dreadfort.
This character suffers from PTSD after his torture at the hands of Ramsay Bolton. He can be seen as subservient and depressed as a result of his torture. He can be seen as failing to function adequately through burning two children during his pillage of Winterfell. This functioning is also evident through him being so subservient and passive and referring to himself as ‘Reek’. He is seen as having a phobia for evil people and a general phobia for those higher than him in status and power. Theon also suffers from Stockholm Syndrome.


Ramsay Bolton is a megalomaniac individual with the twisted desires of a torturer and an undying love for death and making individuals suffer before him. He uses this to emphasis his dominance and superiority and creates a fear due to his unorthodox methods within the hearts of his enemies.
This character is very complex and chaotically evil. He can be seen as having sexual sadism disorder, sadistic personality disorder, and anti-social personality disorder/psychopathy. Ramsay is seen as the most problematic character in the show, due to his “tremendous pleasure in harming others,” even when that sadistic behaviour doesn’t benefit him in the long run. Ramsay’s disorders are likely due to his biological inheritance from Roose Bolton, who also exhibited significant psychopathic behaviour, particularly before Ramsay was born, and Ramsay’s difficult childhood.

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