As the phenomenon that is GOT is approaching the end of the series, there are many opportunities presenting to study the change in dynamic of the show. One such analysis is that of the impact of the impending war on the ethical behavior of the characters. The armies of the seven kingdoms are converging in Winterfell in an attempt to defeat the White Walkers under the leadership of the Night King. There are several persons in Winterfell that hold positions of power, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark and Queen Daenerys. Additionally, the army under the leadership of Queen Cersei in Westeros lends another dynamic that will greatly impact the crisis at hand.
In this situation the critical event is the advancement of the Night Kings army as they broke down the wall. A critical event will lead to the leaders being forced to make decisions while under stress. During a time of crisis, the leaders must weight the values of themselves, their followers and the society of the seven kingdoms (Penn State, 2019). Following the critical event, the leaders must make decisions on how to proceed during the crisis, this is referred to as the point of decision. The decision of how to proceed must be made, and will effect society and the individuals and hopefully reduce the risk of a negative result.
When making the critical decision, consideration of Canada’s Code of Ethics may be beneficial as there are ten steps outlined to ethical decision making. For this situation in particular, with many rival families attempting to converge as one to defeat a common enemy, it is imperative to use ethical decision making guidance during the process. One such step within the code is: “Consideration of how one’s own biases, external pressures, personal needs, self-interest, or cultural, social, historical, economic, institutional, legal, or political context and background, might influence the development of or choice between courses of action (Canadian Psychological Association, 2000)”. This is important in this scenario as all of these factors are of vital importance in this situation. These families have fought as rivals for years, and have had varying reasons for believing they have the right to the throne, and what their personal needs are and what drives them.
As the season unfolds, it will certainly be interesting to see what decisions are made regarding the course of action and whether the ethical implications are considered during the process. The questions remain, who will win the war? and Who will sit on the iron throne?
Canadian Psychological Association. (2000). Canadian code of ethics for (3rd ed.). Retrieved from http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/committees/ethics/codeofethics/
Penn State. (2019). PSY 833: L10 Crisis Defined. Retrieved from https://psu.instructure.com/courses/1963919/pages/l10-crisis-defined?module_item_id=25808513