With Season 8 of HBO’s Game of Thrones two weeks in, the popular medieval fantasy series and its cast of powerful and nuanced women leaders is drawing acclaim from all corners — including Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Warren, a prominent legal scholar turned presidential candidate best known for progressive policies such as a universal child care and the elimination of student debt, authored an op-ed for The Cut analyzing the two women vying for control of the Iron Throne of Westeros. Indeed, in Warren’s opinion, Game of Thrones is mainly “about the women.”
Queen Cersei Lannister, a ruthless villain who rose to power through her family’s wealth, is characterized by Warren as a servant of “the interests of the rich and powerful” who wants “to control the political system.” Unwilling to check her own “worst impulses,” she stands in stark contrast to Daenerys “Stormborn” Targaryen, the exiled daughter of the kingdom’s deposed former ruler. Once virtually powerless, Daenerys’s work freeing slaves at the expense of the corrupt and wealthy ruling class has won her both popularity and a powerful army.
Daenerys, writes Warren, is a true revolutionary who wants to reform the system into something more equitable and responsive to the needs of the vulnerable.
In Warren’s opinion, the world needs more women like Daenerys running things, and fewer leaders like Cersei — whose real-life counterpart Warren declines to identify.
Read the full story at The Cut.