The white house has become the seat of unstable governing’s, something you might expect from an episode of Game of Thrones. And one with epic cliffhangers.
I remember waiting every week for a new episode and expecting nothing as they would be trashed anyway. The screenplay developed multiple characters through random and, at times, perplexing events. I remember being shocked, amused, and, I admit, sometimes annoyed, with the developments in the show. Nevertheless, the captured my attention till the closing minutes, and I yearned for more every week.
Well, Game of Thrones would be back soon. That’s comforting. However, would I still be surprised with the fictional events?
Ever since the election, and the eventual Throne capture by Donald Trump, I have been exposed to one shocker after another. Donald Trump has far back exceeded the justifiable limits of controversies in his first 100 days. Every week has been troubling and annoying. How is this real? I asked myself. But it was. It was real. Now compare this to the winter.
Winter is Coming! But do you care anymore? I am concerned that anything Cersei Lannister does to Kings Landing, would just be ‘normal’. My ability to get surprised or shocked has been overcome by a sense of sedated acceptance. I check my newsfeed to check world news, and then I go on twitter to check whatever Donald Trump has done now. And then I go back to the news to make sense of the hoopla that I might be reading about him. John Oliver was right when he said that Donald Trump dominates news like a fart dominates a Volkswagen Beetle.
Let’s move on to the point of this blog. I recently read some discussions about correlations between Donald Trump and some Game of Thrones Characters. I realized, this is a much broader concept with a fantastic opportunity for learning about Character Analysis.
Donald Trump as Walder Frey
Who other than Walder Frey! An old and withering political zealot who likes to control the crossing to decide who passes and who doesn’t. If you are reminded of Trump’s previous travel bans or visions of a wall, then you are on the right track. The underlying similarity would be their need to control power and manipulate diplomatic relations for personal benefits. An unwillingness to give up a seat of power while running the show through their children suits both individuals. And, then there are the multiple wives angle. However, Donald Trump doesn’t have Waldrey Frey’s decisiveness, he does make up for it with his utter disdain for the repercussions of his actions.
Vladimir Putin as Tywin Lannister
When I imagine Vladimir in Game of Thrones, the only person that comes to mind is Tywin Lannister. The aging warrior who conducts trade and foreign relations like he conducts his battles. A reigning emperor who is obsessed about his motherland or the family name amidst all odds. Vladimir and Tywin, two men of strategies and eternal contemplation who know the truth behind the fleeting nature of power and would like to yearn for it every minute of every day. Another thing to note about them, their plans may stretch beyond your imagination, and it their lifetime they might come across as the instigators and executioners of wars and turmoil.
Sean Spicer as Lord Varys
Sean Spicer can only be Lord Varys. Even though he lacks the conviction and talent of Lord Varys, Sean Spicer still seems like a person who knows all the secrets and loves to use them in the favor of the empire. Sometimes torn between duty and morality, Sean Spicer and Lord Varys work for a greater truth beyond the current ruler. Lord Varys for the Targaryens and Sean Spicer for the Republicans. Even when you go by their demeanor, both individuals would like to come across as credible and impartial, while dealing in secrets. However, Trump’s little ‘twitter’ birds end up creating quite a lot of trouble for Sean Spicer.
Ivanka Trump as Sansa Stark
Born into privilege and launched into the limelight for the beauty, innocence, and promise of a princess. Ivanka and Sansa bring forth our sympathy and disappointment at the same time as we assume them to be the damsels in distress in the eye of the storm. As far as the promise is concerned, both Ivanka and Sansa hold grand expectations from their position but come across as ‘unlikely to deliver’ on them. Dignified and reserved, both Ivanka and Sansa are trained in being a lady, but hold in a single strong and unyielding sense of anger and self-loathing.
Kellyanne Conway as Melisandre
Think about a person whose words appear as obvious lies to many but still the person seems committed to them despite all the happenings around them. Kellyanne Conway is a perfect Melisandre. One cannot gauge the true intent behind Kellyanne delusional loyalty but it does seem there is more to it than what meets the eye. Her fervor as a devout might end up converting many. Kellyanne and Melisandre may seem like people who a ruler might want on their side, but their energy might direct the rulers through irreversible actions.
Hillary Clinton as Brienne of Tarth
This one might seem like a tough one to imagine, but consider their personality, not their appearance. In a way, their appearance is also a little alike with the air of ruggedness, but their personalities match up as unidirectional passionate women who stand on their own but were never given their due on account of being, well, women. They are celebrated Knights often ridiculed for their gender. Battle hardened, Hillary and Brienne, have established that they can lead, but their credibility is hidden behind decades of male-chauvinism and stereotype. Self-made women with lots more to fight for than mere approval.
Bernie Sanders as Barristan Selmy
The old guard who was dismissed for his age and loyalty, and a person who was missed immediately afterword. Bernie Sanders came across as a choice of impeccable character but was lost in the larger context of the game, much like Barristan Selmy. Who knows, the old loyalist might still find himself as a worthy advisor to a future empire. Experience and vision, Bernie and Barristan, have shown both in great abundance.
Barrack Obama as Eddard Stark
You knew it when the end was near, you were going to miss this guy. Barrack Obama and Eddard Stark are the people who you would reminisce about when the times get tough. Strong characters who defined the flow of senses and emotions, and became the starting point of multiple spirited revolutionary movements. Throughout the current presidency, think about how many times you thought about how it nice it would have been to have Barrack Obama still there at the helm. That’s the power of the normalcy that we were used to then, and something we consider now as wishful thinking.
Michael Flynn as Ilyn Payne
The Executioner. Why would you think Donald Trump is risking his position over Michael Flynn? Perhaps because Flynn did the dirty work for Trump, just like Payne. Individuals who carry the axe wielded in the name of the emperor tend to have some interesting secrets to share. Flynn and Payne followed orders and now stand at the judgement table with the weight of information that could displace the throne.
James Comey as Petyr Baelish
Recently we all have come to see James Comey a survivor who was wronged. But he is no victim. He is a professional with a sharp and active mind who knows how to use it. A keen strategist and an expert in the art of war, Comey knows how to balance support with ridicule to eventually bring people on his side. He has a lot in common with Petyr Baelish if you think about it. First, he seems to have all good intentions for the realm and seems to be acting selflessly. Second, you don’t buy that. With Comey, he seems to be on the right side of things with a charming personality, but you always get the sense there is much more to the story. You are eager to know his end-game. Especially after he was instrumental in discrediting Hillary.
There are more co-relations that one can think of, but the point here is to create identities and directions. Identities define a character’s thought process and the direction identifies their motivations. Once you imagine these, you will be able to make your own co-relations.