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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Catching Up With Game Of Thrones

I'm blowing through season three of Game of Thrones.  The red wedding... by the old gods and the new... the red wedding.

I think Lord Varis might be my favorite character.  While he's completely unconcerned with persons, he's devoted to an abstraction.  In some ways that defines the strongest characters in the show.

Rob and Ned Stark were devoted to honor and died for it.

Daenerys is devoted to the idea of ruling a country she can barely remember.  The idea of a country.

Arya Stark is devoted to revenge.

Tywin Lannister is devoted to family.

And then there is Tyrion Lannister, the wild romantic in the body of an imp.  "Keep up!  It's not easy being drunk all the time.  If it was everyone would do it."

Meanwhile, the real villains are consumed with desires of self.  Cercei Lannister, Joffrey, the various potentates that Daenerys has dispatched.

It's pretty clear Daenerys is being set up by the story to win the game of thrones, but then again, you'd have thought that about the Starks, too.

A remarkable story.  The golden age of television.

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