Australian Red Cross would like to extend a huge thank-you to Nicole Urban (Chair, IHL Advisory Committee in NSW) and Hollie Johnston (IHL Adviser) for coordinating this project and providing the final data analysis.
Thanks also to the dedicated volunteers drawn from our IHL Advisory Committee networks across the country who sat down with their popcorn, foxtel subscriptions and spreadsheets over the past six weeks: Monique Cormier, Shireen Daft, Catherine Gleeson, Keilin Anderson, Sharon Edington, Sarah Ireland, Lori Vullings, Mia Tam, Rachel Routley, Thamilini Guna and Maanpreet Kaur.
Daenerys also showed compliance with IHL, including with the protection of civilians and targeting only military objectives in some cases.
Roose also showed IHL compliance by providing adequate care to detainees/prisoners of war.
He also showed IHL compliance including the protection of civilians and provision of adequate are to detainees/prisoners of war.
A further example of conduct of note by Euron falling outside the scope of armed conflict is when he kills his brother by pushing him off a rope bridge.
Twyin also demonstrates IHL compliance by providing adequate care to detainees/prisoners of war. Other conduct of note outside the scope of armed conflict includes attacks on civilians.
Despite his crimes, Tyrion is all about redemption and perhaps holds the record for lives saved. He deserves the credit for talking the Mother of Dragons out of indiscriminately releasing dragon fire on Kings Landing – saving the lives of combatants and a million civilians.
On the other side of the Game of Thrones ledger is Robb Stark, the last and ill-fated King in the North, who has done the most to uphold the laws of war. Well, sort of, as far as that sort of thing goes in Westeros.
His conduct on the battlefield includes taking hostages but on the flipside he provided adequate care to detainees/prisoners of war and targeted only combatants. He also consistently provided impartial medical assistance to wounded soldiers on all sides of the conflict. Yes, that’s one of the laws of war, no matter what side you’re on if you’re a wounded soldier you’re entitled to medical assistance. Nice one Robb.
But we’re not done quite yet.
Our volunteers will be watching all episodes of the eighth season and we’ll be sharing their thoughts on social media. Our popcorn supply is refreshed and our spreadsheets are ready. Bring it on.
Read our full analysis so far, including the violation and compliance lowdown on 13 other characters.
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement works every day to educate people all over the world about the life saving laws of war.
And, in case you were wondering, HBO and Game of Thrones’ Australia and other international distribution partners were not involved in this analysis. Just call us big nerds and fans of the show.