HBO’s smash hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” features a constant shifting of alliances throughout its eight-season run. The Martells of Dorne hate the Lannisters of Casterly Rock, owing to the death of Elia Martell, but Prince Doran accepts the proposed union between Myrcella Baratheon and Trystane Martell and the alliance that comes with it. The Lannisters and Baratheons were first united with the marriage of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister but that alliance went south upon Robert’s death when both Renly and Stannis Baratheon laid claim to the Iron Throne. The Starks and Lannisters were once begrudging allies … oh, wait. No, that never happened.
But the show’s overarching arc comes down to royal houses, clans, factions, and races of all kind putting aside their differences to work together against a common enemy: the White Walkers. When you’re facing such a foe, you’ll take whomever you can on your side. Seeming bad guy Wildlings fight alongside ostensibly good guy members of the Night’s Watch, House Stark, House Arryn, House Greyjoy, House Mormont, House Targaryen, Danaerys’ army of Unsullied, the Dothraki horde, and the Brotherhood Without Banners because it’s all of the living — except House Lannister, courtesy of Cersei’s false promise — versus the dead.
Perhaps a more straightforward hero-villain team-up comes in the mutual respect between Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Initially, their relationship was one of mutual loathing, as Brienne was tasked delivering the Kingslayer to King’s Landing by Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), but it eventually grew into mutual admiration and respect, as well as unrequited love.