If the Systems of Oppression Were the Game of Thrones
Ok so I admit that Game of Thrones is on my mind because I’m in the middle of finishing the recap for season 5, episode 3. Also, I watch too much TV so I enjoy finding parallels between art and real life.
The Baltimore uprisings has sat on my spirit, though, as it has for many people I know. And last night, I realized that we’re basically in 2015 Game of Thrones. Who would be what? Here’s what I came up with, because the kingdoms of Westeros aren’t all that different from the United States.
Spoiler alert: If you have not watched Game of Thrones past season 4 and you want to, do not read below. SPOILERS. I haven’t read the books so there are no spoilers regarding them.
Cops are the Lannisters. They are incredibly powerful, and they run shit. They have money and clout for days, which also means they go unchecked. They do all types of messed up things, without answering to anybody, all to maintain a seat on the coveted Iron Throne.
I see Tyrion (the one they call the Imp) as the good cops. He is a part of the system but doesn’t fit into it because he’s different (he’s a dwarf). He killed one of the worst cops (Tywin), basically avenging the death of so many people. Now there’s a bounty on his head and they want him dead with his head on a spike.
Black people are the Starks, and the Lannisters have been trying to get rid of their entire bloodline for a while. The Lannisters have beheaded and slayed our men (Ned and Robb Stark). They’ve killed our women and babies (Robb’s mom Catelyn, wife and fetus. That damb Red Wedding). They try to conquer our places. They’ve tried to even dehumanize our women (by giving Sansa Stark to Joffrey, who was surely going to rape her). But we still stand.
Arya Stark is still out there, even though they don’t know she’s someone to worry about. She’s our hope. She watched her father’s head be chopped off (we watched so many of our men being killed on tape). And now that she’s in Valar Morghulis school (Bad Ass Bootcamp), she’s getting trained. When she emerges, IT IS ON. She gon fuck shit up for the Lannisters.
Bran Stark is still alive too. And Sansa ran away with Littlefinger, and although he’s not too much better, she’s still safer with him. She is back in the North (in her home) so she might be able to do some things from the inside.
Brienne of Tarth
Real, committed white allies are Brienne of Tarth the Swordsman. She’s sworn to keep the Starks safe, and says she will lay her life down for them. But here’s the thing. She alone cannot keep the Starks from dying (shown by the death of Cate at the Red Wedding). Her work has not been enough to stop their deaths and this pains her. However, that doesn’t mean she isn’t needed. I think Brienne will have a huge role to play in the avenging of the deaths of Ned, Catelyn and Robb, through her helping Sansa. I look forward to seeing her and Arya fight side-by-side too.
Daenerys the Stormborn (the Khaleesi)
I think this is the Attorney General’s office, which used to be Eric Holder and is now Loretta Lynch. Dany really has some power to ascend to the Iron Throne and make shit happen. She’s the Mother of Dragons (Congress) so she has power that no one else can tap into. She used them too, to get the Unsullieds under her control. Eric Holder stepped up in the Mike Brown case and publicly decried what was happening.
BUT it’s clear that the folks under him didn’t want to play ball. And shoot, it took 5 months for the new Attorney General to be confirmed. The office has some power and we need those dragons to act right but they’re petty and they refuse to be controlled by anyone who should have control of them.
Or MAYBE Khaleesi is the President. Either one works.
Anywho, after being fucked with for a long time, the Starks are fighting back on the Lannisters because they are sick and tired of their loved ones being killed without remorse or recourse. People are telling them to chill and be peaceful. Fuck them Lannisters (shoutout to NWA). Except for Tyrion. Save him.
Winter is coming.
Yes, I know I’m a dork. You will deal. So let me know if I’m right here.