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15 Ways Game of Thrones will make you a better person

15 Ways Game of Thrones will make you a better person
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Yes, it’s full of scheming, treachery and violence, but there’s plenty of inspirational role models in Westeros, too.

It looks like good might finally be triumphing over evil in the Seven Kingdoms. Although, if we’ve learnt anything from the past six seasons it’s that anything can happen, so who knows what the season finale will bring… 

Below our video shows 12 life lessons we’ve taken from Game of Thrones. Read on for an extra three. Can you think of any others? Add your ideas by commenting on the video on our Facebook page.

*WARNING SPOILERS BELOW*

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1. Never underestimate a woman

As Beyoncé once said "Who run the world? Girls!" 

The women of Westeros are finally rising up and showing the boys how it’s done.

 While Sansa and Arya reclaim their birthright and return home to Winterfell, Daenerys and Yara are forging a pact to make themselves the first women to sit on the Iron Throne and Salt Throne, respectively. 

Sansa Stark
Who rules the North? Sansa Stark Source: Giphy

2. Live every day to the full

You never know when your time might be up in Westeros, so make the most of every day, advises Littlefinger. 

“Everybody dies sooner or later. Don’t worry about your death. Worry about your life. Take charge of your life for as long as it lasts.” 

Littlefinger
Wise words Littlefinger Source: HBO

3. A life without love is is a life half-lived

Ygritte put it best when she said “Every man must die, Jon Snow. But first he must live.”

Ygritte and Jon Snow
What is life without love? Ygritte and Jon Snow Source: Giphy

4. Treat everyone with respect

You never know who they are – or who they might be one day. 

When Game of Thrones began Daenerys Targaryen was just a girl, a pawn in her brother’s attempt to win back the Iron Throne. 

But look at her now – Queen of Meereen, head of the Dothraki and Mother of Dragons. 

Daenerys
Mother of Dragons Daenerys Source: Giphy

5. When life gets tough, show the world what you’re made of

Sansa Stark has been through a lot – betrothed to the sociopath who ordered the murder of her family, married off to a dwarf, accused of murdering the king, and then married off again to a psychopath. 

But, her experiences have made her stronger. She’s now determined to fight for what is hers – namely her home, Winterfell. "If I’m going to die, let it happen while there is still some of me left."

Sansa Stark
Fighting back Sansa Stark Source: HBO

6. Bravery may win you admiration, but compassion will earn you respect

Jon Snow has proven himself in battle time and time again. He persuades the men of the Night’s Watch to go beyond the wall and into battle against the White Walkers, and leads a small force against Ramsay Bolton’s much larger army. 

Despite the fact that the odds are always stacked against them, his men follow Jon willingly because he has earned their respect through his compassion, honour and sense of duty.

Jon Snow
An honourable man Jon Snow Source: HBO

7. Embrace the things that make you unique

Ridiculed all his life for being a dwarf, Tyrion Lannister knows better than most about how to overcome the difficult things life throws at you. 

“Once you’ve accepted your flaws," he says, "no one can use them against you.”

Tyrion Lannister
Flawed Tyrion Lannister Source: HBO

8. Take control of your own destiny

Famed as the breaker of chains when she abolishes slavery in the great Slaver Cities, Daenerys knows a thing or two about freedom. 

"Freedom means making your own choices," she says. Don’t let others dictate how you should act.

Daenerys
Make your own choices Daenerys Source: HBO

9. Fight for what you know is right

"I will answer injustice with justice," declares Daenerys. 

Ser Davos is also a great one for standing up for what he thinks is right. He spoke out against the Red Woman to his king, Stannis, and was prepared to suffer the consequences.

Ser Davos
Speak out against evil Ser Davos Source: HBO

10. Never forget who you are, and where you came from

Despite training to become a faceless assassin Arya’s never been able to truly shake off her Stark identity. 

So how we cheered when she finally reclaimed her name and set back on her mission to avenge her family. "A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home."  

Arya Stark
Stay true to yourself Arya Stark Source: HBO

11. No man is an island

Listen to the opinion of others. Queen of Meereen, Daenerys, says "It seems to me that a queen who trusts no one is as foolish as a queen who trusts everyone." And who are we to disagree with the Mother of Dragons?

Daenerys and Ser Jorah Mormont
Listen to others Daenerys and Ser Jorah Mormont Source: HBO

12. Protect those you love

"No one can survive in this world without help," Ser Jorah tells Daenerys. 

Gentle giant Hodor was a great believer in this mantra, and ultimately laid down his life to save Bran and fulfill his destiny.

Hodor
“Hold the door” Hodor Source: HBO

13. Always keep your promises

"All men should keep their word, kings most of all." Wise words from Robb Stark, if only he’d listened to them himself… 

Brienne, however, is sticking by her fierce belief in honour and keeping your vows after pledging loyalty to House Stark. She’s one lady who’s not for turning. 

Robb Stark
Oathbreaker Robb Stark Source: HBO

14. Know when to say no

Know your limits. Bronn recognises there are some fights he just can’t win and refuses to fight The Mountain for Tyrion’s trial by combat. 

"He’s freakish big and freakish strong… One misstep and I’m dead," Bronn says. "Why should I risk it?"

Bronn
Don’t take on a fight you can’t win Bronn Source: HBO

15. It’s never too late for redemption

He began as the arrogant Kingslayer who pushed young Bran out of a tower window, but since losing his hand, Jaime Lannister is a changed man. Through his relationship with Brienne he has learnt compassion. 

And after years of torture at the hands of Ramsay Bolton, Theon Greyjoy is also on the path to redemption. He’s hoping to atone for his past sins by giving up his claim to the Salt Throne and supporting his sister, Yara.

Jaime Lannister
Learning from his mistakes Jaime Lannister Source: HBO
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