Giving Commands in the TV Series Game of Thrones

Natasa Adelayanti(1), Rio Rini Diah Moehkardi(2*)

(1) Universitas Gadjah Mada
(2) Universitas Gadjah Mada
(*) Corresponding Author


This research attempts to identify the types of commands, sub-types of the commands, and the influence of situational context, power, and social distance in producing commands between characters in the TV series Game of Thrones. The data used are the commands given by the characters, namely Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion and Cersei Lannister. Holmes’ theory (2013) and some other sources on the categories of commands, Cutting’s theory (2002) on situational context, and Brown & Levinson ‘s theory (1987) on social variables are employed to analyze how the commands were produced. The results show that there are two types of commands: direct and indirect commands. There are 33 direct commands and 57 indirect commands. Some factors such as situational context, power, and social distance have influenced the dominant use of indirect commands.


command strategies; Game of Thrones; power; social distance; situational context

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