The Hero’s Journey, Anti-Heroes, and Gangs of London

Jean Sergent, contributing writer for The Spinoff, explored how Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey is being used and subverted by popular television shows such as Game of Thrones and Gangs of London. Referring to the stages in the Hero’s Journey, Sergent says, “These stages can sometimes be easy to spot in a big heroic tale – think Arya Stark’s long journey away from and return to Winterfell in Game of Thrones – but the framework can also be a lot of fun in how it shows us how self-important a hero can become over the course of a story.” To read more from Sergent about how the Hero’s Journey framework can be seen in Gangs of London, click here.

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From The Spinoff on August 4, 2020