I'm a huge fantasy buff, so when HBO's Game of Thrones series came out i was instantly intrigued. With my job contract ending, combined with my own writing project that starts in November, i decided to watch the first and then second seasons of GoT in order to study how they get you so invested in the characters, and the other execution of storytelling principles in the series.
During episode 3 in season 1, there is a scene where Cersei Lannister is binding the nearly healed Direwolf bite on her son, Prince Joffrey (a spoiled little twit and Cersei is the Queen). During this exchange Joffrey examines his cowardice in the encounter and it could be a good learning moment and turning point for his character. Instead, Cersei goes into a monologue on how the world is what you make it, and that he didn't cower during the encounter with the direwolf and young Arya Stark. Instead, she claims that he valiantly fought off the wolf and the mean little girl that took him down, because he will be king and the world is whatever he wants to make it. Indeed, it is his duty to rewrite history in order to put himself into the most favorable light possible.
This scenario in a high-feudal knights and chivalry setting, with noble families plotting with and against one another in their desire to take the Iron Throne of Westeros and increase their own power has an odd resonance with one of the political parties in this country. There has been spin and corrections since campaigns began, but i can not recall a campaign before that could be called out on blatant falsehoods, and that campaign not retract the ad or statement. In this campaign, one side has decided that the truth and facts do not matter, and continue to rouse their base with the repeated falsehoods, and i wonder what sort of justice awaits them.
In the series, the Lannister's retain power throughout because they are more wealthy and can buy people's loyalty to eliminate their honorable enemies. Is that what our country is destined to come to? nothing more than a two class system using a democratic sham to continue their rule? As viewers, we are led to believe that this type of behavior shouldn't be rewarded, and there are few Lannisters you can root for (only Peter Dinklage's character, Tyrion Lannister is worthwhile, mainly because he is honorable in his way), but they do come out on top. Is that what we're seeing now in our own political structure? One group able to rig everything into their favor?
One truth i've learned over my life is this: If you've been lied to by someone once, they'll lie to you again. How can any credence be given to an administration when the candidate himself can't be honest and forthright during the campaign? I fear that the outcome of our own political process may mimic that of the Game of Thrones series, because already the two largest groups have pulled out all their supporters to wage electoral war against the others, and the real casualties in every war are the innocents who pay the price so the elites can have their power.