Disappointing Side Character’s Development of Loras Tyrell
Warning: there is going to be a lot of spoiler in this article, so unless you have watched the whole episodes of Season 5, you should stop reading now.
We have discussed how there are lots of shows that are quite different from the original story from the book – some of the sake of easiness and simplicity of the creative department, some to boost the rating and popularity of the show itself. Game of Thrones season 5 is no different with so many different plots and stories. Let’s start with Sansa and other deviations that affect the storyline.
However, fans of the books are confused by the major deviations concerning a side character – whom no one thinks is important but has become the popular and likeable character. If you are familiar with the show, you must be familiar with Margaery’s brother, Ser Loras Tyrell, and his lovable characteristics. Unlike the book version, he is shown to be very gay and his homosexuality is truly apparent – and no one seems to understand why the producers have to do such thing.
Yes, there are some scenes from the book that show that Loras may be gay. The key word is “maybe” because everything is shown very subtle and soft. Even the writer himself, George R.R. Martin, has to confirm this because no one is really sure whether Loras is gay or not in the book. But somehow, being gay is one of the most obvious and significant traits in the movie. There is an episode where Faith Military takes actions in eliminating or punishing behavior they consider as sinful, including of being a gay. That’s why they arrest Loras for perversion reason.
It seems that producers really take advantage of being allowed of adult material and nudity from HBO. Whereas the relationship between Loras and Renly in the book is still ambiguous, the show producers decide to eliminate the ambiguity and be direct about their homosexuality. That’s why we all know that Loras and Renly is a couple since the season one. Too bad that Loras’ character isn’t much developed after such great achievements he made in the first two seasons. Who can forget the impressive fighting scene between Loras and Brienne of Tarth (season 2) or his role to keep Renly’s power intact after conspiring with Margaery? Or who can forget that Loras is the Blackwater Battle hero after he manages to save King’s Landing from the attacks initiated by Stannis Baratheon?
But why since season 3 to this very season 5, his role seemed to be very limited and exploited to his sexual orientation only? Not only he doesn’t show any significant development, we only see him in scenes where he complains to Margaery or be involved in a sex scene with Olyvar after Renly’s death. This is certainly not cool, considering that he is actually a brave warrior serving as a noble knight – as depicted in the book. Moreover, Loras being arrested for his homosexuality is definitely not in the book – which is another reason why the fans of the books are truly disappointed about the show.
Despite some of the disappointing facts, fans are still crazy about this show – side characters put aside. It’s just the producers and writers should think of better planning for side characters like Loras or the show will end up very disappointing and cheesy.
Anyway, we’re looking forward with the next episode on Sunday. Here is the sneak peak of episode 7!