Dune has been one of the most interesting additions to the world of sci-fi books. It had inspired a lot of other works that came after it and often this is visible in other works. The concept of great work comes from how it inspires other works that come after it and this inspiration can be in any form. Dune is filled with various elements that play a very major role in bringing out the narrative that it primarily focuses on. Fans would notice that one of the biggest franchises Star Wars drew a lot from the Dune books. There seems to be a lot of similarities between Game of Thrones and Dune and that’s because the former drew a lot of inspiration from the latter. So, we’re going to look at the things in Game Of Thrones inspired from Dune.
Game of Thrones is one of the biggest shows that have come out of HBO in recent years and it is based on the works of George R. R. Martin. A Song of Ice and Fire is an absolutely brilliant series of books that almost looks like it belongs to the world of Lord of the Rings. It was an absolute wonder to see how many people enjoyed the adaptation into the series. The drama series ended in 2019 and its fanbase is still expanding considering the upcoming prequel series set to come out next year. Even though Dune is more of a space-based narrative Game of Thrones borrowed a lot of the politics and interesting plot points from it. Let’s take a look at a few of these elements.
Dune features a narrative that basically follows the House Atreides, House Harkonnen, and the Fremens. Now the majority of the storyline shows the battle between the Harkonnen’s and the Atreides’. The politics between the houses allows us to explore the various aspects of the story. This is something that we have witnessed in Game of Thrones too with the House Stark and House Lannister. Here too we see them turn to war because of the betrayal and the politics that happens between them.
Ned Stark = Leto Atreides
One of the major things that play out in the two narratives that drive both the stories is that of the characters Ned Stark and Leto Atreides. Both of them face their demise at a very early stage in the narrative and it is one of the key factors going ahead in the stories. They are honorable figures and this honor is what drives them to their destiny. A royal request is responsible for the major move they make that has an impact going ahead. Considering they can’t do anything but accept the request is what leads to them being betrayed.
One of the major parts of Dune is definitely the way religion is used as a means of expanding on the narrative. We saw the Bene Gesserit as a powerful sisterhood of women who used various means to have an influence in the galactic power through religious, political, and genetic experimentation. Game of Thrones has the maesters who almost resemble them and they also have a somewhat influence on the houses. The only difference lies in the fact that they only compromise on men instead of women.
The Chosen One
The concept of the chosen one has been a plot point that has been played out numerous times over the years. From Matrix to King Arthur, every story has had the idea of a character who will bring in a major change to the world. In Dune, Paul is such a character who is viewed as a messiah and the Bene Gesserit even plants this idea amongst the fremens. This also acts as a major danger in the narrative. The same is also seen in Game of Thrones, as Jon Snow or Daenerys were viewed as the Prince That Was Promised, a legendary figure who will end the Long Night. But this actually led to terrible consequences.
Similarities also exist between the various characters who appear in both these massive projects. We already explored the idea of messiah that exists in both Paul in Dune and Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. In the books, Paul’s sister Alia Atreides has similarities to Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. They both are sisters of the major characters and they have certain skills that are quite similar too.
So these were the things in Game Of Thrones inspired from Dune.