In a book where the good guys are usually the first to die, justice doesn't seem to prevail. But this is what makes A Game of Thrones so engaging: the good guys might lose out and the bad guys might never get their comeuppance. (It's basically the opposite of every action movie ever made.) Because there's no set formula, we have to keep reading to find out who ends up on top and who ends up… with the fishes. In addition to the more universal concept of justice, individual judgment (or discernment) is also central in this novel. In a world filled with betrayal, the ability to see through lies and really understand the truth about people and situations is a necessary skill. At the same time, these characters live in a generally unjust world, so does it really matter whether they have a good sense of judgment?