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Game of Thrones politics: Presidential candidates and their Westerosi counterparts




The much sought after iron throne from Game of Thrones.
The much sought after iron throne from Game of Thrones.
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In case you had not heard, the HBO juggernaut, Game of Thrones is back.

Gruesome battle scenes and a tendency to kill off fan favorites are all hallmarks of the show.

Yet, could Game of Thrones also offer some insight into our country's current political landscape?

One professor seems to think so.

Stephen Dyson is the author of "Otherworldly Politics: The International Relations of Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica". He joined the show to discuss.

Donald Trump/ The Night King

Professor Stephen Dyson compares presidential candidate Donald Trump to Game of Thrones character the Night King.
Professor Stephen Dyson compares presidential candidate Donald Trump to Game of Thrones character the Night King.
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"He's a hard guy to categorize, the nature of his candidacy is that the stands outside of the existing political order. It did occur to me that Donald Trump might actually be the Night King, this sort of supernatural figure who leads others beyond the wall. The Night King in the show is this figure is sort of almost literally pounding on the wall of the established order and threatens to blow it all away."

Ted Cruz/ Roose Bolton

Professor Stephen Dyson compares presidential candidate Ted Cruz to Game of Thrones character Roose Bolton.
Professor Stephen Dyson compares presidential candidate Ted Cruz to Game of Thrones character Roose Bolton.
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"He's another really interesting one...the spin I would take on Ted Cruz is to think about the degree to which Ted Cruz has risen based upon not following the established rules of the Republican party and in particular not following the established rules of the senate...In the show, you'd be looking for a character who was not following the established rules and you'd be wondering whether that character was going to pay a cost for that in the future. So I thought about either Walder Frey or Roose Bolton, those two characters had in common that they'd betrayed the Starks and they didn't follow norms in the show..."

John Kasich/ Jon Snow

Professor Stephen Dyson compares presidential candidate John Kasich to Game of Thrones character Jon Snow.
Professor Stephen Dyson compares presidential candidate John Kasich to Game of Thrones character Jon Snow.
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"He's not as popular as Jon Snow in the show, but he does seem to require a similarly supernatural intervention in order to be resurrected...Jon Snow will still require an act of the supernatural to be resurrected. Is the Cruz-Kasich deal that kind of supernatural intervention that will resurrect John Kasich? I'm not sure, I think there's a greater chance that we'll see Jon Snow walking around in the show than we'll see John Kasich as the Republican nominee."

Hillary Clinton/Daenarys Targaryen or Cersei Lannister

Professor Stephen Dyson compares presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Game of Thrones characters Daenarys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister.
Professor Stephen Dyson compares presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Game of Thrones characters Daenarys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister.
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"Some of Hillary Clinton's supporters see her as Daenarys Targaryen, the mother of Dragons the venging, wise, badass female ruler who's going to come in and set things to right. Opponents or those who are a bit ambivalent towards Hillary might look at the parallel with Cersei Lannister."

Bernie Sanders/ Mance Rayder

Professor Stephen Dyson compares presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to Game of Thrones character Mance Rayder.
Professor Stephen Dyson compares presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to Game of Thrones character Mance Rayder.
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"Bernie I think does have a clear analog in the show, the wildling king, Mance Rayder...wildling's don't believe that there should be a system where the nobility, the one percent, make all the decisions and the common folk kind of do what the one percent say. And Mance Rayder was a revolutionary in that regard, he did believe that that order should be overturned..."

 

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