I spent the last six days binge-watching the six seasons of Game of Thrones. Don’t judge me–I know a lot of you has done the same or would have done the same if you could! One of my good friends is rather smug about how when Game of Thrones started airing, suddenly there were fans everywhere. Picking their houses and what they think they are. He’s been a loyal Targaryen supporter since day one, he says. I think that has something to do with The Last Dragon, Rhaegar Targaryen.
As for me, from the moment I read about them, my heart was captured by the House Martell. I think that the TV representation of them is severely lacking. But, oh well–we can’t have everything we want. Which is probably why they are actively avoiding casting anyone to play Rhaegar. I don’t think they would be able to satisfy anyone regardless of who they choose.
Anyway, as I was watching the visual representations of the different houses in Westeros and the cities across the narrow sea, I wondered where I would like to live. House Martell lives in the desert so you can expect their climate to be hot. This can also explain for all the skimpy clothing the women were seen wearing. I don’t really think I’d do well in a place where warmth is common place. However, the Water Palaces were lovely. It was described as jewels in the desert–sparkling and comforting. The oasis in the vast cruelty of the sands. So I suppose it has charms unique to it.
King’s Landing, by all the descriptions can be glorious but rather smelly. I suppose the capital is only nice if you live in the palace. But anywhere else on the thing? It’s been described as an utter nightmare. The smell is atrocious. The crime rate is the stuff of nightmares. So I’d have to say that I would never want to live in King’s Landing. Not to mention the fact that if anyone was to make a play for the throne, King’s Landing could barely withstand a siege. It does have a port of entry which means that traders and good come here directly. Any smart trader would not ignore King’s Landing.
Winterfell, is way in the north. So it’s all cold and frozen tundras. It even snows in the summer. However, a bonus is that the people and the homes there are built for hard winters. They have learned when it would be best to plant and what sort of crops can withstand the cold. It also means that should winter ever hit, the people in Winterfell have the highest probability of survival. I wonder what they have to eat there during the dead of winter–potatoes? Cabbage soup has a certain appeal to it. They have tougher livestock, too, I bet. So Winterfell sounds pretty ideal. I love the cold. I also think it’s a pretty wonderful thing that Winterfell has hot spring water flowing through the walls. I don’t know how they achieved it but it was that Brad the Builder was certainly known for.
The Riverlands, tons of fish and fair weather. They a central hub for traders who are travelling from the north to the south and vice versa so I bet they have their pick of goods. Cat Stark was from The Riverlands and she never quite adjusted to the North despite being given the warmest room. But then again, she was never the type to adjust. Riverrun seems like a nice place to live but they must have a major mold problem if they’re not careful. The Twins where the Freys live is often described as a really, really unpleasant place. I guess it only matches those who live in it.
Casterly Rock is nicely situated atop a cliff surrounded by other castles loyal to them. They have a port which grants them access to trade that King’s Landing has too. However, they would probably show the better goods here since the Lannisters pay well. Also, there’s the extra security that their goods won’t be demanded as a tribute for the crown. So Casterly Rock seems good but simply out of principle, I wouldn’t want to live here.
Highgarden is where the House Tyrell’s seat of power lays. They have command of coastal lords which means they are rich in oceanic goods. This also means that they have a Naval army that is something to behold. Highgarden also has massive fields and a climate that ensures bountiful harvest. This is the main reason why they were able to help King’s Landing and secure Margary Tyrell the position of being a potential bride for Joffrey. So in terms of resources, Highgarden is a good place to call home. However, they’re also the least prepared for winter. Their infrastructure will not be able to withstand it. Their people are not used to it. So should a hard winter come–one that lasts a generation, Highgarden and its people will not survive.
The Eyrie–who wants to live there? Not I.
So if I were to decide, I would probably be torn between Highgarden and Winterfell. I am drawn to Highgarden because of the bounty but also drawn to Winterfell for a higher survival rate. I’ll let you know when I really come down to a decision.
What about you guys? Where in Westeros would you want to live?