The War of Roses – A Game of Thrones

The War of Roses – A Game of Thrones, colored pencil, 50x60cm

When the last petal falls, the spell will be broken.

– Enchantress in The Beauty and the Beast

In the world of Game of Thrones magic has returned in the form of ice and fire. The game has become a world war and players are falling like the petals of a rose.

The events in the popular TV show Game of Thrones have in fact been linked to the War of Roses (1455-1487) in England. Three houses associated with rose symbols fought for the English throne. In the show we follow members of the big houses through battles and intrigues. In season 7 our attention is drawn to five women in particular: Cercei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark, Yara Greyjoy, and Ellaria Sand, none a friend of  the other.

This piece was especially inspired by Johnson Tsang, an amazing sculptor based in Hong Kong. With his sculpture Earth to Earth he means to say

What we encounter in life will eventually wither, fall and pass away, like those petals of a blooming rose.

– Johnson Tsang

Although we haven’t reached the end of the story yet, each player of the Game of Thrones is in danger to lose everything at all times. With their lives just on a thread it might even be a possibility that none survives the final blow that shall wipe magic off the world once more.


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