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Digging Deep on 'Game of Thrones'

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: Makayla Paige
Makayla Paige

Badgers, both students and faculty, are buzzing about the eighth season of “Game of Thrones” and making major speculations on what they expect to happen. Dr. Nicholas Wood, a professor in the history department said, “As a historian, I can’t imagine an ending that I’ll be satisfied with because they should just break the monarchy rather than worrying about who will break the throne. I certainly don’t want a restoration of the previous royal family.” Senior Josh Collins took an extremely affirmative and undoubtful approach to his opinion of the show stating, “Daenerys will be the ultimate villain. Jon will be the next night king.” 

Whether the show will end satisfactorily, tragically or unexpectedly, Dr. Shane Dillingham explained that regardless of what happens, “It’s really all about power. But the question is, do you think it’s about global warming? Isn’t ‘winter’s coming’ a symbol of climate change.” Furthermore, Dr. Dillingham explained the parallel between the people who are fighting one another in “Game of Thrones” and the people of today’s world who are fighting wars. 

Rather than fighting one another, the characters in “Game of Thrones” should be more focused on the fact that winter is coming rather than fighting each other for a throne that is only temporary in the grand scheme of winter coming. Furthermore, the reality of today is that wars are constantly being fought, but rather than fighting one another, Dr. Dillingham critiques the modern world’s goals. Instead of constantly fighting for temporary power through wars, people should be fighting what is inevitable—global warming. 

Whether global warming was the intention of “Game of Thrones” HBO creators David Benioff and D.B. Weisis, the best-selling author George R. R.  Martin told The New York Times, “It’s kind of ironic because I started writing ‘Game of Thrones’ all the way back in 1991, long before anyone was talking about climate change.” Although the idea of global warming was not the precise foundation of his series “A Song of Ice and Fire” which was purchased by HBO and turned into “Game of Thrones,” he does acknowledge the parallel. Martin said, “The characters are fighting their individual battles over power and status and wealth. And those are so distracting [for] them that they’re ignoring the threat of ‘winter is coming,’ which has the potential to destroy all of them and to destroy their world” he told The New York Times in a question-and-answer interview. 

Although students and faculty are making dynamic presumptions about the “Game of Thrones” final season, badgers should keep in mind to prepare for final tests, presentations and papers because the final season of “Game of Thrones” will be airing during the final weeks of class. For badgers, finals are coming. 

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