When you think about it, Game of Thrones might be as well be one long argument about the drawbacks of monarchist government. Whom have we seen sit upon the Iron Throne, thus far? A straight succession of lazy boors, stupid sadists, conniving murderers, and kids several years off from having any idea what the hell they’re doing. Why do they, of all people, have the power to decide the fate of the entire Westerosi nation? Well, you know why. They happened to have the right dad, or the right husband. Or they did sometime worthwhile a couple decades ago, maybe.
King’s Moots, aside, the only time a leader was picked by a serious, tallied vote was the Night’s Watch election that made Jon Snow Lord Commander. Sure, he probably should’ve listened to advice about not keeping his enemies so close, but hey–Lord Snow’s election worked out pretty well, otherwise. And after an informal primary made him the North’s presumptive nominee for King, perhaps he ought to aim for a seat in King’s Landing and hit the campaign trail hard around the Southern Houses?
If dissecting the political strategies of fictional kingdoms is your definition of fun, you’re sure to find much mirth in the vote HBO’s worked out to tie into #Election2016 and promote Season 6’s impending home video release. Give this faux political commercial a gander.
As promised at the end, viewers can vote. The official #GoTParty site presents a four party race, detailing potential candidates, running mates, and platforms. Daenerys runs with Tyrion to propose a unification of Westeros and Essos, while Cersei runs with Qyburn to further the separation of Church and Crown. Interestingly, Jon’s with young little Lyanna Mormont, while Sansa’s pledged as a running mate to Littlefinger, so HBO might be hinting at some real divisions in House Stark next year.
Again, everybody’s free to vote for whom they think would rule best. As of writing, Lord Snow’s narrowly edging out Lady Dany, but there’s still a month left in the election. Perhaps that dark horse Queen Cersei will come out on top by the end?
Which candidate would you vote for? And who do you actually think is going to wind up king or queen by the end of the show? Treat our talkback like a ballot and stuff it with your choices.
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