Fictional Girlfriend: Brienne of Tarth


Let me start off by saying I am a rabid fan of A Game of Thrones. RABID. I’m currently in the middle of re-reading the entire series for the fifth time even though my To Be Read pile is out of control. I just can’t quit it. Love the HBO adaptation too, but that’s a topic for another post.Screen shot 2013-05-01 at 4.03.21 PM

As a fan, I have my favorite GoT characters – honestly, there aren’t many from George R.R. Martin’s incredible world that I don’t love. Tyrion Lannister, of course, tops my list of Awesomeness. And surprisingly, Sansa Stark, who once held court on my most hated list, has slowly managed to slide into the number two spot, just behind Tyrion. I can’t be the only one out there who Screen shot 2013-05-01 at 4.12.43 PMhopes she ends up happily ever after with the Hound, am I? Or perhaps finds love with Tyrion? I’d be thrilled with either outcome, but I digress.

Today we are talking about someone we first meet in A Clash of Kings. She’s number three of my list of favorite GoT characters, but number one on my list of Best Fictional Girlfriends: Brienne of Tarth, also know as the Maid of Tarth or Brienne the Beauty, or as Jaime Lannister likes to call her, ‘wench.’

Here’s why she makes for a great girlfriend:

  • She wears her heart on her sleeve. Renly Baratheon’s personal guard is known as the “Rainbow” Screen shot 2013-05-01 at 4.22.07 PMGuard for goodness sake, but she’s blind to all but love.
  • Can you say loyal? For those she deems worthy, she is able to absorb beatings, stabbings, missing teeth, a chewed up face, near rapes, taunts and jeers (I think you get the point) and still she keeps on keeping on.
  • While this is a gal who can take care of herself, she’s not too stubborn to accept a helping hand (okay, that may be an unfortunate choice of words) when necessary.
  • She’s what I would call extremely low maintenance. Give her some chain mail and a sword and she’s all set.

In a nutshell, Brienne the Beauty is sweet and naive and honest and simple and determined and heartbreaking and bad-ass all at the same time. That’s kind of hard to pull off. And I love her for it. I want a happy ending for her so badly that I can taste it.

What do you think her happy ending should be? I know what I want.

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2 Responses

  1. Brienne is such a beautifully simple yet complex character. GRRM did a fabulous job of writing her and Gwendoline Christie brings all that light and shadow to her television portrayal in HBO’s GoT. Our wishes are aligned in terms of Brienne the Beauty’s happy ending because who doesn’t deserve a wounded, misunderstood and hopefully redeemed hero 😉

    Thanks for the excellent post.

    1. It’s a testament to George R.R. Martin’s writing that he has somehow gotten me to put aside the ickiness factor regarding Jaime and Cersei (not to mention what he did to Bran) and made me want to root for a Brienne/Jaime happily ever after.

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