While talking to my best friend this morning about the fact that the King James version of the bible has the word dragon in it 21 times and I realized that there are many other similarities between the Bible and Game of thrones, besides the fact they both speak of dragons let’s go over some of the other parallels, I’m going to be comparing the bible to the TV show as the books are not finished yet and I came up with all of this in about 30 minutes this morning so I’m sure I may miss some things, I’m not a big believer in the Bible but I do know the stories contained within it from when I was a kid and how close they are to some parts of Game of Thrones is actually kind of crazy.
Jon Snow was the son of royalty, the rightful king and was raised by another man, Ned Stark and his wife, Jesus was the son of God and was raised by Joseph and his wife but that isn’t where the Jon Snow and Jesus similarities end, they were both betrayed by people they thought of as friends and died because of it, they were both dead for a prolonged amount of time before being resurrected and the room Jon Snow was shut in while waiting to be raised from the dead is very much like the cave Jesus was shut into while awaiting his resurrection, the similarities end though after they are raised from the dead as Jesus forgives his betrayers whereas Jon Snow executes all of his, it’s a working theory and it’s not perfect but the similarities are there.
Plague of Blood/Battle of the Bastards
The Bible speaks of 10 plagues and although I couldn’t find parallels with all 10 plagues I did with quite a few of them and the first plague in the Bible is a plague of blood. I equate this plague to The Battle of The Bastards on Game of Thrones as the battle left piles and piles of bodies and rivers of blood on the ground and was perhaps the bloodiest episode of the show.
Plague of Boils/Greyscale
“So the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Take for yourselves handfuls of ashes from a furnace, and let Moses scatter it toward the heavens in the sight of Pharaoh. And it will become fine dust in all the land of Egypt, and it will cause boils that break out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt’” (Exodus 9:8-9) is what the Bible says about the Plague of Boils and I can’t help but view Greyscale as its counterpart, a disease in Game of Thrones that grows all over the person’s skin like hard rock is close enough to boils for me.
Plague of Locusts/The Dothraki
Maybe a bit of a looser connection on this one but the bible says “…if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory. And they shall cover the face of the earth, so that no one will be able to see the earth; and they shall eat the residue of what is left, which remains to you from the hail, and they shall eat every tree which grows up for you out of the field” (Exodus 10:4-5). and I can’t help but think about the Dothraki and how they attack in huge herds of horses running over armies like nothing can stop them, although the Dothraki weren’t really portrayed as if they were a plague they did end up on the wrong side in the end of the show and they did take part in over running more than one army like a plague of locusts.
Plague of Darkness/The Night King’s Army
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.’ So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days” (Exodus 10:21-22). The Night king’s name even implies darkness and the way the undead army washed over the north and especially the final battle at Winterfell was all about darkness, it’s not difficult at all to see the similarities here.
Plague of the First Born
“Then Moses said, ‘Thus says the Lord: “About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt; and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals.
Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again. But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel”’” (Exodus 11:4-7).
This one isn’t a perfect theory but think about it for a minute how many first born children actually made it to the end of Game of Thrones, Rob stark died, all of Cersei’s children died, Beside little Sam and Jon Snow I can’t think of any first borns who actually survived to the end of the series.
I’m still working on the theory as a whole and will update this when I come up with more, is there anything I missed that you thought of? let me know with a comment.
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