A Song of Ice and Fire Series — the book series that hit TV show Game of Thrones is based on — is nothing less than modern-day epic. India, of course, is the birth land of one of the biggest epics ever written — the Mahabharata.
It is said that the Mahabharata describes every kind of human being and every kind of human situation. The good, the bad, the ugly — it portrays humankind in all its glory. The lines blur between good and evil as the good sometimes commit selfish acts and those considered evil show they have a big heart.
Game of Thrones, similarly, has thrown its readers and viewers into a tizzy with each episode as they find themselves questioning who really deserves their sympathy and whom to root for. There are occasional flashes of vulnerability among the most despised characters, so you find yourself hating them a little less despite all odds. The show especially is famous for treating its ‘main’ characters as disposable.
Now, Epified has released a video drawing parallels between the characters of the Mahabharata and Game of Thrones.
Watch the video here.
Petyr Baelish — aka Littlefinger — has been likened to the astute, scheming Shakuni mama. Ned Stark (RIP) is like the noble Yudhishthira who lost it all. Draupadi finds a parallel in the beloved — and now humiliated — queen Maragery Tyrell, while Stannis Baratheon bears likeness to Duryodhana in his actions. Varys the ‘spider’ has been compared to Shikhandi not only for obvious reasons, but also for the similarity of their temperament. Kunti — the Pandava matriarch — finds her parallel in Daenerys Targaryen — the mother of dragons — with both being fiercely protective and confident of their children. Arya Stark’s fighting spirit and skill has been compared to that of valiant Arjuna and Jon Snow, of course, is like Karna with his mysterious origins. While there can never be equivalent to Krishna, Tyrion Lannister with his quick wit and human insight comes close enough.
Do you agree with these comparisons?