Game of Thrones and International Affairs: Lessons for the Realpolitik World

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What goes up, must come down. It’s a law of nature. Like all good things that come to an end, it is time to conclude a chapter that transpired over 8 long beautiful years. Now that we have entered into the final hours of the last bloody Monday we will ever encounter as a global audience, here are my two Lannister cents.

Breaking its own viewership records by 2019 with over 17.4 million people watching, the global cultural phenomena nears its end.

Leaving fans with somewhat of a bittersweet taste in the mouth, Game of Thrones concludes its final episode on 20th May 2019. With some fans almost uniting over a petition to remake the final season, Game of Thrones is soon going to be a thing of the past. This article is mostly written from a Before Finale (BF) perspective mostly.

Despite all, Game of Thrones is going to be remembered as one of the most cult shows of its generation. It is no secret that George R R Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series are inspired by ancient European history and events, intertwined with fantasy and war drama. In GRRM’s words, fantasy and historical novels are twins. All throughout the show’s history, people have drawn many parallels to real-world history and current state of world order in multiple writings.

On this final Monday, here are some life lessons for the real realm inspired by takeaways of ‘half a decade long romance’ with the biggest show on television.

To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Goes on to prove how all humans want to seek peace, but thrive on the visions of violence.

The post-cold war generation that has grown up to universal digital hell always finds beauty in chaos. Magic in madness. That is the whole revolution of this generation. An ongoing battle. Everyday.

The show’s fan following is an iconic proof of how many people seek that kind of cinematic experience. Finding art and beauty in the deaths, victories and disturbances of the some of the most well-written characters on TV, is not an easy task. Spending years in anticipation of it, even tougher. But there are also those who feel the show was unnecessary and a bit ‘ too-violent’ and after all those sad and bittersweet final episodes, these are the people that must be rejoicing in their decision of never having watched a single episode.

The two-nation theory of the Finale: D&D tossed a coin

In real world too, for every Drogon-Danny, there is a Jesus Jon

In the realm of earth, if nationalistic leaders rule, there blooms one or more centred, noble flowers of leadership. For instance, the rising popularity of leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Pete Buttigieg under the Trump rule in America.

When expectations are too high, disappointment is warranted

Truly, sometimes power suppresses emotion or changes our relationship with it.

This was even underlined in the disassociation of Jon’s character towards embracing every accession to the throne, which was rewarded with the exact opposite, his annual redundancy to it.

Put your faith in the Starks of your life: They’re a dying breed

I guess, struggle does build character. And also gives you immunity?

Nevertheless, eventually, after today, they will be the ones ruling over everyone. In real life, however, Starks is a dying breed. So be grateful for all the noble comrades present, everywhere. People who do real work, don’t have time to be idolized.

Two extremes always need a counter centre

And talking of two’s and extremes

Great agendas are built when people collaborate for a higher cause

Young minds are capable of ruling a North or two

Riding the dragons of Feminism Fire

Eventually, a lot will argue that white supremacy writing won over feminism fire.

But the show will go down in history as one of the most balanced representations of gender and leadership, (at least for the majority of the show) And whether it is the parliament, cinema, art or any other form of voice, representation is half the battle won. Currently, in the US, % of women in the United States House of Representatives is at its highest (~24%), but there is still a long way to go.

People don’t follow parties. But they always follow great leaders

Despite their differences, Tormund and Jon have shared the most respectful relationships on the show.

At the conclusion of which, Tormund was ready to follow Jon into the biggest battle in Westeros ( and ending the game of thrones with him in the wilderness). In the current political scenario as well, parties have used this (anti) analogy to create a product or brand, in most cases, embodied by one single candidate on the front lines. [The Modi>BJP delusion]

Great Leaders often lose themselves to throne-state of mind.

Leaders, therefore, always need to surround themselves with voices of reason.

A crucial point, where it all started in the books/show as well. A noble advisor calls out the King’s murderous ways and gets beheaded for it. Constant confrontations, whether that was Ned during Robert’s reign, Tyrion during Joffrey Baratheon, Jon during his crow steward days, and Varys, Tyrion and Jon and others by the end of Daenerys’ reign, have been a huge part of the show’s narrative. In the realpolitik world, It is acceptable for people who supported you in the past, to feel differently as times change. A great example of this is the fact that over 60 members have either resigned or have been fired from the administration under Trump’s reign. Thus, building a ruling party with and seeking the advice of good advisors and a team of noble people representing the realm, is key to a sane and functional ruling party.

Fulfil personal prophecies as an individual of the realm

And as the games finally end with the throne itself, here’s bidding farewell to them all! Our watch has ended now and thank the lord for that.

Originally published at on May 20, 2019.

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