Sunday, June 24, 2012

Game of Thrones campaign ads make the 2012 election look tame by comparison

Through accident or satire, Game of Thrones has become one of the more politically charged shows on television. Set in a voltile world of self-interested backstabbers, the political climate of George R.R. Martin's fictional land of Westeros resonates a little too well with the farcical state of modern western democracy.
Political rivals in both Westeros and Washington are more inclined to attack the credibility and families of one another than they are disposed to fighting off hordes of rapacious, sapphire-eyed undead crawling down from the frozen north (there's a Sarah Palin joke to be made there...)

Perhaps this is why the indie news team over at Mother Jones found such pitch-perfect comedy with their Game of Thrones political attack ads:


The production crew behind HBO's latest ratings powerhouse is no stranger to this sort of political controversy- they did impale George W. Bush's head on a spike, after all (pro-tip: if you have the Blu Ray / DVD copy of the first season, that shit is a collector's item now), but these political campaign ads spin faux controversy into full comedy.

Attacking the characters of Joffrey Baratheon, Robb Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen these campaign year smear pieces are as satirical as they are full of spoilers, so read and watch the rest and at your own peril!