Game Of Thrones Political Attack Ads, Who Do You Want Ruling Westeros?

By Jesse Carp 2012-06-20 08:32:25 discussion comments
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Behind the boobs and the blood, HBO's Game of Thrones is intensely political. What do you think the 'game' they are all talking about refers to? It's not cyvasse. No, the question at the heart of HBO's Game of Thrones is really, 'what makes someone fit to rule?' Both the fantastical television show co-created by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff - as well as George R.R. Martin's book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" on which it is based - hinge on examining this very real world dilemma. No wonder people thought that the show putting George W. Bush's head on a spike was some kind of apology worthy political statement.

Who do you want to rule the Seven Kingdoms? Lord Eddard Stark, whom many think would be the most just and worthy man to sit the Iron Throne, lost his head for his unwavering commitment to honor because politics, in the words of Aziz Ansari's chubby cousin Harris, 'is a dirty game and you've got to play dirty to win it.' You need look no farther than the Lannister's golden grip to see the truth in that statement. And now Mother Jones has decided to make the battle for the Seven Kingdoms even nastier by imagining a Westeros with super-PACs (political acton committees) and dark money outfits created negative campaign ads. Don't worry, I had to look up 'super-PAC and dark money outfits' too.

The ads are quite clever and have that low-budget slimy quality to them to make them ring even truer. The first takes a shot at Daenerys and how she can't even take care of her own children, well, dragons. Not to mention being the child of a madman and Queen of Dothraki 'terrorists.'

Daenerys Targaryen: Wrong For Dragons, Wrong For The Realm



The second ad takes a shot at King Joffrey Lannister, sorry, Baratheon and his 'rightful' claim to the Iron Throne. The gag does a great job toying with the whole birther incident surrounding Barack Obama and I love the closing line. No point in mincing words.

Joffrey Baratheon: Where Is The Birth Certificate?



Once again setting their sites on the Obama attack ads, this time Mother Jones is using the 'celebrity' angle to besmirch The King of the North. Not to mention the fact that his father was a traitor and he couldn't even hold his own castle! I also like the link between the Wall and immigration issues. Kind of runs of the rails at the end though.

Robb Stark: The Biggest Celebrity In The North



Game of Thrones will return with its third season April, 2013 on HBO. The series was created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, based on the “Song of Ice and Fire” saga by George R.R. Martin.
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