Example of Ability Diversity: Game of Thrones

This series qualifies as an example of ability diversity by the sheer number of characters both major and minor who have to live with a disability, either permanently or for an amount of time. Sandor Clegane, the Hound, is a burn victim. Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, loses a hand, and Bran Stark gets paralyzed from the waist down. Aemon of the Night’s Watch is blind. Tyrion Lannister (known in universe as ‘the Imp’) has dwarfism, which is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. While the characters who have had disabilities on the TV show have all been men so far, the series does feature an extremely high amount of women in positions of power, as well as some examples of sexual diversity, both of which can be incredibly rare for high-fantasy works.

Note: While there are several other cases of diversity, especially in the books, I didn’t want to spoil anything that hasn’t yet been on the TV series, and the post has been tagged as including spoilers for the later seasons.

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