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Game of Thrones Real-Life DC Counterparts: Election 2016 Edition

By MELANIE MCFARLAND | July 5, 2016 | Source: Rolling Stone 

As a wise woman once said: "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." What holds true in HBO's hit fantasy series also resonates in Washington D.C. politics, of course, where the field of contenders has narrowed from a ridiculous many to a powerful few. And like the drama's many battles for the Iron Throne, election year campaigning can be a real bastard. The possibility of contested tickets mean the Democratic and Republican conventions run the risk of getting nasty, with party loyalties immolating like dragonfire setting ablaze the Dothraki Sea.

As we once again look to Westeros to help us make sense of it all, consider the many resemblances between the main players squaring off on our nation's political stage, and the strategists scheming to gain power in Game of Thrones. Like the race for President, the show has its partisan power-player endgame in sight — and both of these notions of finality fill us with an unshakeable sense of dread for vastly different reasons. Winter/November is coming. Brace yourself.

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