Even politicians have something to say about Game of Thrones.
It seems that senators Elizabeth Warren, who is running for President, and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez are both fans of the show, but aren’t happy with how its female characters were treated during the final episodes.
In a video, the pair discuss how they feel about Bran’s surprise ascension to the throne, and the treatment of characters like Sansa and Daenerys.
“I’m sad,” says Ocasio Cortez about the finale. “Disappointed about it.”
Warren said she was just “really… meh” about what happened.
Ocasio Cortez continues: “I feel like we were getting so close to having this ending with just women running the world, and then the last two episodes, it’s like ‘oh, they’re too emotional’.
“It’s like, ugh, this was written by men.”
Warren had been a Daenerys fan, but says she was “even willing at the end to make a quick allegiance shift” to Sansa, after Daenerys burnt down King’s Landing, killing most of its inhabitants.
“So I was over to Sansa,” says Warren. “I was Team Sansa. I will re-do my shirts, the whole thing. And yet Sansa, who already is Queen of the North, thank you very much, walks away saying, ‘I’ll still be Queen of the North’.
“Come on Sansa, go for the big one.”
“I was disappointed,” says Ocasio Cortez. “We need to get some feminist analysis up in HBO.”
“They need some help with this,” concludes Warren.
While we appreciate Ocasio Cortez and Warren’s analysis of Game of Thrones, we also can’t help but see the real world parallels of what they’re talking about.
Sure, there aren’t dragons and White Walkers, but the two women make an excellent point about women coming close to running the world (or the US) and then being dismissed for being “too emotional”.
That is clearly, as the pair address, something that men label women with. For a more nuanced and accurate view of women in politics, we need traditional institutions like, say, television networks and oh, we don’t know, the political elite, to look at things from a feminist angle.
And that’s something we know Ocasio Cortez and Warren can do.