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:
It’s really funny how a work of fiction makes us tend to forget that the characters don’t make their own choices and absolves the writer.
— Nash (@Nash076) August 21, 2017
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.