WARNING: This blog post contains Game of Thrones spoilers. Be advised, nerd.
It’s always fun when politicians try to convince us they’re normal people who enjoy the same things as everybody else. Just last month, presidential hopeful and 99.99% white person Elizabeth Warren penned an essay for The Cut titled “The World Needs Fewer Cersei Lannisters.” In it, she declared her love for HBO’s Game of Thrones, and opined:
Daenerys “Stormborn” Targaryen has been my favorite from the first moment she walked through fire…
Dany believes fiercely in her right to rule, but she despises what ruling means in the world she’s grown up in. She doesn’t want to be a slave owner or a dictator — and she definitely doesn’t want to become her murderous father…
She states her mission clearly in season seven: “I’m not here to murder. All I want to destroy is the wheel that has rolled over everyone both rich and poor, to the benefit of no one but the Cersei Lannisters of the world.”
As we now know, Daenerys went completely mental and burned the city of King’s Landing to a crisp with her fire-breathing dragon. She pretty much nuked the place, after the city had already surrendered. She murdered thousands of people, raining fire on the just and unjust alike. Soldiers, noblemen, peasants, women, children, household pets, all reduced to ashes or crushed under the rubble. If Daenerys couldn’t make her conquered foes love her, she opted to make them fear her. All her pretty words were just empty lies.
She destroyed the wheel, alright. Hell, she blew up the whole damn cart.
Say what you want about Cersei Lannister, but at least she wasn’t a war criminal. She was a mean drunk and an incestuous strumpet, sure. Yeah, okay, she once blew up a crowded church with magic green fire. But not an entire city. Dany is now worse than Cersei ever was.
You sure can pick ’em, Senator Warren!
Granted, it’s not Warren’s fault that the writers on Game of Thrones got tired of boring crap like “plausible character motivation” and “common sense,” and just decided to blow everything up. But that’s one of the risks of trying to connect with younger voters through pop culture. You might get stabbed in the back with a blade of purest Valyrian steel.