Despite violence and trauma, social work professor sees the bright side of "Game of Thrones"


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    Jenifer Gamble

West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

With tens of millions of viewers each week, HBO’s award-winning series “Game of Thrones” features characters and themes that have become cultural touchstones.

Jenifer Gamble at West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is available to comment on how the show, which will end this weekend, intersects her field of study. Gamble is the field education director and a clinical assistant professor in the School of Social Work.

“‘Game of Thrones’ has been rich with ethical and moral dilemmas that really challenged the primary characters. As a social worker, I certainly found myself at times thinking about the characters as real people grappling with their identities and the decisions that were in front of them," Gamble says.

"When a sibling rejects you, do you betray them or remain loyal? Do you escape to an unknown reality, or suffer at the hands of a known tormenter? Do you punish those that have hurt you, or show mercy? The final season in particular has demonstrated that trials, trauma and crisis can be essential in developing strength, resilience and perseverance. I hope that among the millions of viewers, there were many people needing support that found inspiration in the characters’ abilities to keep going when times were at their toughest.”

Jenifer Gamble can be reached at jenifer.gamble@mail.wvu.edu or 304.293.7339.

Note: Additional WVU scholars are available for comment on "Game of Thrones."

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