Dyslexia and Game of Thrones

I always enjoy seeing references to dyslexia in pop-culture. To me, having dyslexic characters and casually referencing it also normalizes dyslexia. This is exactly what we need to help our kids see that they ARE in fact normal and they ARE in fact okay.

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows in the history of television based off an equally popular book series by George R.R. Martin. I have watched the show over the years, but it wasn’t until re-watching it this past week that I picked up on all of the references to illiteracy throughout. There are several characters who are illiterate, and even one adult who is taught to read by a child.

However, it’s the character of Jaime Lannister, the firstborn son of one of the richest families in the Kingdom, who really made me take notice. Jaime is an excellent swordsman, known throughout the land for his skills. He’s also, clearly, dyslexic …

His father says:

“I taught my son Jaime to read. The maester came to me one day; told me he wasn’t learning. He couldn’t make sense of the letters. He reversed them in his head. The maester said he’d heard tell of this affliction and that we simply must accept it. HA! After that, I sat Jaime down for four hours every day until he learned. He hated me for it, for a time. For a long time. But he learned. Hmm …”

What dyslexia references in pop culture do you notice?

Here is a clip from the show:

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