Ten things that are just like ‘Game of Thrones’

Jordan Fraade
June 6
Jordan Fraade is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. His work on urban planning, the Millennial generation, and U.S. politics has been featured by Al-Jazeera America, The Baffler, The Atlantic Cities, and PolicyMic.

Politics are complicated.

Luckily, if you’re a reporter, “Game of Thrones” can serve literally all of your explanatory needs. Party leadership struggle? Peaceful transfer of power in a European constitutional monarchy? The largest election in human history? They’ve all been compared to the HBO series.

So brace yourself: Overwrought Metaphors Are Coming.

1. The Indian elections. “Suffice to say, there are enough strong personalities and ruling family dramas in India to make for very interesting entertainment even without dragons, beheadings, and zombie ice monsters.” (Thane Richard, Quartz)

2. The battle between the tea party and the Republican establishment. “The local tea party faithful who preferred Osborn resented the machinations of the big money groups headquartered in the nation’s capital, whose competition resembles nothing so much as a ‘Game of Thrones’ power struggle.” (E.J. Dionne, Washington Post)

3. An underground anti-nuclear wall in Japan.“Japanese construction crews in Okuma, Japan, just started work on a massive underground ice wall to rival the snow-capped North Wall in Game of Thrones. The barrier is designed to prevent radioactive water leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor, which failed in 2011 after being hit by a tsunami.” (Erin Brodwin, PolicyMic)

4. King Juan Carlos I’s abdication. “The members of the Spanish royal family are being compared to the members of the Lannister, Stark, and Targaryen families.” (El Popular)

5. Modern Journalism. People who are sympathetic to the media, much like Tyrion is sympathetic to The Night’s Watch, might see and understand the problem — but don’t do anything about it.” (Andrew Wyrich, Thought Catalog)

6. The 2012 presidential election.

7. The British Tories. “If you really want an insight into the leadership battle that’s raging within the Conservative party at the moment, you have to watch Game of Thrones.” (Toby Young, The Spectator)

8. An ideal right-wing America. “American viewers who want to live in a land just like Westeros have an easy option at their disposal: Just vote Republican.” (Aaron Kase, Salon)

9. The 2013 Australian parliamentary elections. “You don’t have to be a genius to see similarities between that gruesome scene [the Red Wedding] and the bloodbath the polls are predicting Labor MPs will experience at the election in 100 days time.” (Daniel Piotrowski, News.com.au)

10. America. Yep, this one’s sort of self-explanatory. (John Blake, CNN)

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