Here’s Something Rick Grimes Has In Common With GOT’s Ned Stark

Here’s Something Rick Grimes Has In Common With GOT’s Ned Stark

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-05-16

“I’m Not Left-Handed…”

GOT & Walking Dead | Photo Credit HBO AMC

In The Princess Bride, one of the most famous scenes happens when Westley is fighting Inigo Montoya and eventually, the duo reveal that neither of the men are actually left handed (watch here).

Similarly, on Game of Thrones, Ned Stark (Sean Bean) told Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that he would never fight in a tournament because he didn’t want a man to know what he could do.

This is the same logic Rick Grimes may use when he tells people he’s right-handed, even though he’s clearly ambidextrous.

Ambidexterity Linked To Schizophrenia 

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

Over the years, Rick Grimes has used both hands to shoot, grab, gesture, and stab those who cross him. Even if he’s not completely ambidextrous (meaning he can write with both hands), he’s talented in combat with both hands.

Oddly enough, the gene linked to ambidexterity is also linked with schizophrenia, which might explain Rick’s problems in the prison when he was hallucinating seeing Lori in her red evening wear.

Carl and perhaps Judith (if she’s Rick’s and not Shane’s) could carry this gene.

Rick Will Do Whatever It Takes To Win

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

The show has never touched on the fact that Rick Grimes uses both his right and left hands for battle, but it is certain he would do whatever it takes to get a leg up on the competition, especially if it means his life or someone else’s.

Ned Stark told Jaime, “When I fight a man for real, I don’t want him to know what I can do” and it’s clear Rick has the same mindset. He was able to kill a walker cover in steal and spikes, but only because he’ll do whatever it takes to win.

There’s never a moment you see Rick Grimes sparring, which connects him to Ned Stark, who kicked off the Game of Thrones series.

Do you think Rick Grimes could win in a fight with Ned Stark?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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