Even in fantasy worlds, women have a hard time attaining power. On Game of Thrones season 8 premiere night, a Democratic strategist conducted a flash poll (meaning one-night-only) of 506 GoT -watchers to ask them who they support #ForTheThrone. (“I acknowledge that this is a little extra,” Danny Barefoot of Anvil Strategies said about the poll.)
The poll asked fans who they think should take the Iron Throne — not who they predict will ultimately win at the conclusion of the series — allowing people to choose among the characters seen at the top eight contenders.
The results: Jon Snow 26%, Tyrion Lannister 19%, Daenerys Targaryen 17%, Arya Stark 11%, Sansa Stark 8%, Jamie Lannister 7%, The Night King 7%, and Cersei Lannister 5%.
These results invite a comparison between the fictional world, which so many fans have escaped into, and the real, arguably even more depressing one.
“I think this poll really mirrors the current state of politics,” Barefoot tells Refinery29. “Using even pretty objective criteria the women in Game of Thrones seem to be best positioned to lead. They aren’t getting support in spite of that. I also found it hilarious (and awful) that people would rather the entire GoTs world …read more