So, Game of Thrones is a thing that’s on television that a lot of people watch. I don’t, but I do know people and follow people on social media who do, and so I get exposed to some reactions to the show. A recent episode lead to this twitter thread:


The gist of it is that characters have no agency because the writer is the one in control of the whole thing. Now the argument of character agency is usually brought up when the writers are making bad decisions (see: any argument over the design of a female video game character). The truth is, no matter the in-character reason for a character’s decisions, there is always the hand of the writer behind that.

But as always, it’s more complicated than that.

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