As we approach the end of the 5th season of Game Of Thrones, I always marvel at how fantasy like this manages to put the brightest and darkest aspects of our humanity in a perspective where we can actually see ourselves for what we really are.
Like all GOT fans, I found the terrible end met by Princess Shireen to be quite heartbreaking. For those who don’t know the series, Shireen was a young princess who was sacrificed “for the greater good” as a sacrifice to the “Lord of Light” by being burned at the stake. The person who gave the order to do this terrible act was her very own father (Stannis Baratheon) who was convinced by a Priestess that he was “destined” to rule the seven kingdoms of Westerous. But, in order to accomplish this that “sacrifices” had to be made.
Yes, I know that it is only a TV show but like many other fans of GOT, most of us were very attached to her character because she was compassionate, kind, down-to-earth young girl who refused to be drawn into the cruelty and religious fanaticism that was the norm in her world. Surrounded by her fanatical mother, father and the “Red Priestess” she rejected fanaticism in favor of reason and compassion.