Character Spotlight: Queen Gorgo from the movie 300

Posted: October 11, 2010 in Character Spotlight
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Queen Gorgo: Spartan!
King Leonidas: Yes, my lady?
Queen Gorgo: Come back with your shield, or on it.
King Leonidas: Yes, my lady.

 For those not familiar with my one of favorite movies 300, King Leonidas was a fearless Spartan who led a team of 300 men against an entire Persian army in Thermopylae.  Though he was the clear star of the movie, Queen Gorgo was just as much of a star.  While her husband was kicking butt and taking names with the Persians, Gorgo was being the strong woman on the homefront.  It takes a very special and secure woman to support a man like Leonidas.  Her job isn’t one for the weak-hearted or the overemotional.  Her strength didn’t come from wielding swords but rather being strong in character.  She knew the chances of her husband coming back alive were slim and she did what she had to do in order to get him the help he needed.   She had to be his voice of reason when Leonidas needed to make a difficult decision.  She had to be his rock when he left with his men, them both knowing his chances of coming back was next to none.  She had to be the Queen of her country when she spoke in front of the council.  Even when that slimeball Theron double-crossed her, she gave him exactly what he deserved.   I absolutely loved this character in this movie because she wasn’t the damsel in distress nor the your typical warrior princess.  Her presence alone was enough to make anybody take notice!

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Did any of you see this movie?  What did you think of Queen Gorgo?

  1. SQT says:

    My husband loves this movie –loves it! I think he went around for weeks yelling “for Sparta!” (not in public though). That’s Lena Headey right? She’s going to be in George R.R. Martin’s HBO series based on his Song of Fire and Ice series. I expect she’ll be really good in that.

    • MJ says:

      That is too funny! My husband loves that movie too!

      It is Lena Headey and because she’s in that series (and it’s HBO!) I will definitely be watching! Thanks for the heads up! 🙂

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