Me and Theon Greyjoy and Redemption

The two characters in Game of Thrones that I relate to the most are Sam (the bookish character) and Theon. Like Sam, I’m a bookworm who is terrible at physical combat. Like Theon, I’ve struggled to learn how to be brave.

I’ve found that some individuals, like Lyanna Mormont or Brienne of Tarth, are just naturally brave. For me though, sometimes I’ve had courage and sometimes I haven’t been courageous. I’m not a naturally brave person. So I really relate to Theon’s character arc.

I’ve never done anything as despicable as Theon. But in the 1990s I attended a church where I’ve witnessed several individuals gets harassed and I didn’t have the courage to intercede. I saw a group harass a woman for dating a Catholic, whom the group saw as not a true Christian. I witnessed a few individuals get harassed for being gay. I saw a group hassle an individual who was baptized as a baby when the group believed only adult baptisms were valid. And I saw others get harassed for various different reasons. In all those instances, I didn’t have the courage to speak out against the group.

It’s been almost 2 decades now since I left that church. To redeem myself, I’ve been trying to learn how to speak my opinions even if it is unpopular or goes against the group. Like Theon, it’s been a two step forward and one step backward process. I’ve been in conflicts that I’ve never gotten into before. In all those cases, some individual or group was angry that I dare express my own opinions rather than blindly follow theirs.

So it’s been very satisfying for me to watch Theon Greyjoy’s character arc as he’s learned to be brave. This particular scene from Season 8’s episode 3 between Theon and Bran is not one of the major scenes of the show. But it meant a lot to Theon. And it deeply moved me. Redemption is possible.

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He does a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippines Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since March 2013, he has also contributed cartoons to the Manila Mail, a Filipino American newspaper based in Washington D.C. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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