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I find it fascinating when a TV series set in an alternate time period or imaginary land successfully incorporates the modern problems of our world into its storytelling.
One TV show that popped up the most was (of course) Game of Thrones. While the series perfectly depicts an imaginary medieval period, I couldn't help myself but draw parallels between the rights violations happening in the show and the ones happening in the real life.
These are my top picks of the things that directly translate to the real life:
1. Violence against women: For me perhaps the strongest theme of the show is a balance between strong, invincible women, and their helpless sides. This is a show with perhaps the strongest female characters ever written. Cercei, Brienne, Sansa, ARYA... all of these characters represent the female strength at its purest form, however all of them have have at least at one point throughout the seasons been violated based on their gender. More importantly, all of that happens even today.
2. War crimes: In Game of Thrones, it is usually the innocent who end up dead of wounded during the conflict. If we add to the mix the fact that we have active slavery present and used by several nations the situation becomes even more intriguing (I guess that everyone could use services of Daeneyrus Targaryen, the Breaker of Chains). In the books and the show we also have an example of the use od something that can be perceived as a biological weapon (wildfire). I could go on.
3. Illegal Supervision: Walls have ears in Westeros, litteraly. No character can walk through King’s Landing without being overheard by spies hired by Little Finger or Varys. If we look at the real world and scale up from a level of the city to the level of the world, we can see that governments are already using tools for mass surveillance of masses online, Intercepting their ravens ;)
4. Assassinations and torture: Death penalty is a common practice in Westeros just like it is in several countries around the globe today. Even though we ll kind of fell for the charms of Mr Bolton, we have to agree on the fact that his methods are widely applied event today, even by the countries who do represent the top of the democratic world today.
Back to reading and preparing for theForum :)