COMMENTARY | The recently aired “Game of Thrones” episode “Breaker of Chains” had some more lessons in power politics, first from Tywin Lannister, and next from Daenerys, the Abraham Lincoln of the sword and sorcery world along with the usual sex and violence.
Joffrey’s corpse was barely cold when Tywin, the gray eminence of Westeros, was instructing his successor, little brother Tommen, on what means to be a king. It is not enough to be good or justice or holy or strong. One must be wise. This is good advice, but in Tywin’s view wisdom does not concern what the best public policy is for the good of the people, but rather which ally to support and which to knife in the back. Also a good king should always listen to his council, which is to say Granddad Tywin.
This leads to the theory that Tywin had Joffrey poisoned, something he certainly had motive for. Allowing his least favorite son Tyrion to take the blame for it is killing two birds with one stone, as it were.
Meanwhile, across the sea, young Daenerys is proving that she is the equal of Sarah Palin where it comes to visuals as a political tool. When investing a city she means to take and hold, she lined up the catapults and hurtled barrels of broken chains over the walls. The idea was to convey to that city’s slave population that Daenerys had arrived to bring the jubilee, as the old Civil War song goes, and that it was time to rise up.
Methinks that the tea party might want to consider adopting this arresting visual. To be sure Homeland Security might object if catapults were brought up to bombard the White House or Capitol. But people tossing broken chains over the White House fence or at the Capitol, like John Kerry did someone else’s medals, would be something that would make even the mainstream media sit up and take notice.