I’m not talking about our friend Lord Baelish who discovered that chaos wasn’t exactly a ladder. I simply like the line.
With the last season of “Game of Thrones” soon to kick off, it’s a good time to dust off a lesson in persuasive language from the show.
Let’s turn our attention to Tyrion’s plea to Daenerys in Season 5, Episode 8. He’s pining for that top trusted advisor role in Daenerys’ inner circle. It’s either that or he’s headed for the fighting pit where the odds don’t favor him.
Tyrion’s performance calls to mind Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men.” It’s not just about the words, though they’re powerful in the movie, “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth.” It’s how Jack commands the stage.
Likewise, Tyrion transforms his surroundings into a stage. He’s not working off a PowerPoint slide deck. He’s not wooing Daenerys with special effects. There’s no teleprompter.
It’s just Tyrion demonstrating the power of words when you strip away the “decorations.”