Dec. 05, 2010
60 min.
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In the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, the Great Houses (Stark, Baratheon, Targaryen, Lannister, Greyjoy, Arryn, Martell, Tully and Tyrell) fight among themselves for a right to rule the Iron Throne. Beyond the Wall and across the Narrow Sea bigger threats are rising until its a right moment to take a revenge. Based on R.R. Martin's novels.

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Brienne of Tarth

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Brienne of Tarth is the only daughter of Lord Selwyn Tarth, lord of Evenfall Hall, based on the island of Tarth. Her mother died when she was young. She had a single older brother, Galladon, who drowned when she was eight, and two younger sisters, both of whom died in infancy. Her father tried to find Brienne a suitor to wed; however, this was not easy, owing to Brienne's resistance and her ungainly appearance, and several offers were unsuccessful. Her last offer was from Ser Humfrey Wagstaff who wanted Brienne to become more feminine after their wedding, Brienne stated she would acquiesce if he could beat her in combat. They fought and Brienne was the victor, and so their betrothal never came to fruition. At one point in her history, Brienne met Renly Baratheon when he visited her island on a tour. He treated Brienne with courtesy and respect and she subsequently fell in love with him.

Despite the repeated insults from knights, who mockingly call her 'Brienne the Beauty,' she holds a simple idea of knighthood, believing that knights should be chivalrous and always honor their vows." She embraces the romantic ideals of her culture, both emotionally and through her actions, but is continually betrayed by the real world simply because she cannot turn herself into the woman the Westerosi legends tell her she should be."

She feels as an outsider who has had to develop "outer strength that often matches or supersedes that of any man in order to be treated with equality. She doesn't want to get married...yet she's internally romantic...she has an overriding sense of honor and what is right, and that's what makes her such a brilliant character. Her outer is so stable and masculine, but inside she's so fragile." Brienne describes herself as "the only child the gods let [my father] keep. The freakish one, one not fit to be son or daughter."

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