With all of the backstabbing, political machinations, and drama among allies and enemies on the hit television show, it is inevitable that Game of Throneswould be compared to the current drama unfolding in President Donald Trumps administration and the country at large.
When you think about it, there are some similarities: a wall meant to keep people out of a country, people turning a blind eye to significant issues, scheming in every level of government, fractions among even staunchest of alliesthe list is as long as winter itself. Here are some of the best.
1) ‘The hand of the king’
Larry OConnor, a guest and Mediaite contributing editor, told Fox Business it was lazy to compare Trumps administration to a reality show, adding that Game of Thrones was more apt.
With all of the shifting alliances and hidden agendasI think after six months Trump has had it, OConnor said, adding that Reince Priebus, Trumps then-chief of staff, was the hand of the king.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) July 25, 2017
2) ‘Cruelty, corruption, betrayal, hypocrisy, snobbery, violence’
Even members of Congress couldnt resist the temptation of comparing Westeros to real life before the premiere of the seventh season of Game of Thrones.
Lannister Raskin (D-M.D.) had a fewchoice words to compare the Trump administration to the power players of the Seven Kingdoms.
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) July 17, 2017
Lying, cheating, colluding with corrupt powers, savaging other people's reputations–some will do anything for the throne. #GameofThrones
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) July 17, 2017
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) also got in on the fun.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 17, 2017
3) ‘Secret deals with sworn enemies’
Yep, even theNew York Times ran a Game of Thrones/Trump comparisonin an opinion article, not a reporter (this is important to note, all you #FakeNews folks out there)that made some compelling points.
Heres how columnistMaureen Dowds piece opened:
Wicked siblings willing to do anything for power. Secret deals with sworn enemies. The shock of a dead body. A Wall. Foreign bawds, guns for hire, and snakes. Back-stabbing, betrayal and charges of treason. Little birds spying and tattling. A maniacal mad king and his court of scheming, self-absorbed princesses and princelings, swathed in the finest silk and the most brazen immorality, ruling with total disregard for the good of their people.
Washington Post foreign affairs writerIshaan Tharoor also saw parallels betweenTrump and the characters ofGame of Thrones:
Trump, it can be argued, is also an archetypicalmember of the Lannisterfamily: weaned on great wealth and driven by the single-minded goal of boosting his family name. Or you could say that his apocalyptic view of the worldis similar to thezeal ofthe cult of the Red God. For Trump, who sees a mess in every issue and chaos lurking behind every corner, the night is truly dark and full of terrorsand, incidentally, he seeks to expunge America’s enemieswith fire.
4) ‘Petulant and irrational’
Fans of both the book series and TV show have long cracked jokes about Trump mirroring the teenage tyrant King Joffreybut A Song of Ice and Fire authorGeorge R.R. Martin, the series’ visionary and co-executive producer, made it clear: The comparisons are correct.
I think Joffrey is now the king in America, Martintold Esquire in May. And hes grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was 13 in the books.
5) ‘The real world surprises more and terrifies more than the fictional world’
Pilou Asbk, who plays Game of ThronesvillainEuron Greyjoy, was asked by Variety about comparisons that have been made between his characterwho makes grand claims to convince his fellow Iron Born that he is the only leader who can lead them to gloryand Trump.
Asbk clearly didnt want to make any direct comparisons between his character and Trump, but he had some interesting things to say.
One is a fictional world and one is the real world. Again and again the real world surprises more and terrifies more than the fictional world. To compare Euron Greyjoy to the American president, its tough. I did it once in a tweet a year ago. It was a tweet I did for fun. But now the world has changed a lot. Im not a wise man on the American political situation. I just hope the American people are happy. So Im not going to compare Euron to Donald Trump. Im just going to wish you guys luck.
6) ‘Winter is Trumping’
Besides masterfully weaving Trump quotes into some of the major moments of the show, the video is able to touch on Trumps favorite themes like immigration, loyalty, a border wall, and his own image.
Seriously, just watch it.
7) The Twitter jokes are coming
As you can imagine, everyone on Twitter seems to have their own Game of Thrones/Trump metaphor or joke. Here are just a few funny ones:
If Game of Thrones took place in 2017
Dems "White Walkers are Trump's fault!"
Repubs "White Walkers are Hilary's fault!"
then we all die.
— The King of America (@NewThor) July 18, 2017
— jamesw (@jameswphd) July 18, 2017
The Trump Administration is kind of like Game Of Thrones except that everyone dies in the first season.
— (((Richard Feren))) (@RichardFeren) July 27, 2017
Theon on #GameOfThrones demonstrating the correct way to abandon ship when it's under attack.
Trump staff, I hope you were taking notes.
— Dawkins Dog (@DawkinsDog) July 24, 2017
Euron Greyjoy would totally fit in Trump's cabinet. #GameofThrones
— Matt Drufke (@IHateMattDrufke) July 17, 2017
Not everyone seems to think Game of Thrones is the best comparison though
We've been talking about these people like they're Game Of Thrones or House Of Cards and actually they're Anchorman
— dan solo (@dansolomon) July 28, 2017
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