10 'Game Of Thrones' In Season 1 Vs. Season 5: Arya, Jaime, & Dany Have Come A Ridiculously Long Way

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Game Of Thrones is about a lot of things: dragons, ice zombies, incest twins. But at the heart of all the power struggles and magic and sex and death lies one core theme: change. There is no clear division between good and evil in the world that George R.R. Martin created in his A Song Of Ice And Fire series — or in the HBO show inspired by those novels. "Bad guys" do things for understandable reasons; good people make wrong decisions; hated characters turn sympathetic. However, the one clear distinction that does exist on Game Of Thrones is between characters seeking change, and those who want things to remain the same.

Those in power want to keep it; the disenfranchised want to claw their way to the top; those who feel wronged want to set things right again; some struggle against inexorable change; others adapt with it. The distinction between those who embrace change and those who fight against it makes for an interesting case study when examining how far (or not) the characters have come since Season 1. Many, many faces have come and gone since then. (Hi, Oberyn! Bye, Oberyn!) Let's examine some of the ones who have been with us the longest, then versus now.

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