"readers who pick up his books looking for gallant tales of hobbits and orcs may be disappointed. There's no absolute good or evil in his work, just people motivated by human desires — people who often meet messy ends." - G.R.R.M ( NPR interview)
I think this is the best way to put what G.R.R.M series of The Song of Ice and Fire. I am almost done with the fourth book in the series, excitingly waiting for to read the fifth book that just came out this week. Each character in this book is out for something: honor, money, power, land, glory, etc. And whichever they are looking for, each one has a decision to make, a moral decision. Not all take the most virtuous path, and some characters are just unapologetic about it. The idea is we have to do what we have to do survive or I have to what I have to do to survive, or get what we or I want. There is not hero in these stories. They all betray, kill, and lie in their own way.
The characters that trigger my emotions the most are the children. They're in such a harsh environment ,filled with people willing to do anything to get what they want. The children are left to fend for themselves, even if it means to kill. Some children are born with wits and a sense of moral,while others will follow the culture of "get what you want anyway you can". It's sad, but I suspected these books weren't full of jolly and happy endings. They wouldn't be nearly has enjoyable. These books don't lead you to a happier place, they continue down the path of darkness.. at some points. When things seem to be getting better something happens, things become more dark, morose and sickening to read ( sickening in that this character you root for, you love, does something, or become something you wouldn't expect them to). But that is what's great about these books. They jolt you out of the fantasy world of valiant knights who save the princess and brings you in the world of a knight, who is suppose to be valiant, honest ,and true, to a man who'd be willing to kill those he swore to protect ( which in these books is considered vile). Valiant knights do not exist in G.R.R.M's world.
I am excited to see what happens in the fifith book. I will probably give more of character analysis much later on, when I am done reading the whole series..