A Discourse on Communication and Storytelling: Romantic Nihilism | Part II

Art work by Danielle Pajak Illustrations.
Art work by Danielle Pajak Illustrations. Title: which is the Chinese pictogram for “beauty”.
Game of Thrones isn’t the only show with these problems. In the FX show Legion, David Haller, the protagonist of the story, is suddenly twisted to become the show’s villain. He’s been Daenerys Targaryen-ed.
Trish Walker from Jessica Jones Season 3, also Daenerys Targaryen-ed.
Dolores Abernathy is very much a character like Daenerys. She has a “righteous” cause that she pursues with vengeance. “These violent delights have violent ends.” If there ever was a show that glorifies nihilism it is Westworld, but I could do a whole other post just on the failures of Westworld.
This one is from a movie (it isn’t only in tv shows) and it is a little more subtle, but Professor X in Dark Phoenix was suddenly twisted as this arrogant douche who was controlling and manipulative — the “idol” of the X-Men school brought low. The “idealistic delusion” of Professor X as a heroic leader unveiled to show us the true frailties underneath! *GASP*

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