Whether it's Cersei teaching her son, the despicable Joffrey, that a ruler shapes the truth to serve his interests (as we saw with the launch of the Iraq War) or the truism that Daenerys' possession of the ultimate weapon, dragons, doesn't mean her people will be well-fed or her situation less dire (see: North Korea's nuclear weapons), "Game of Thrones" is a running critique of governmental and military power. Perhaps it's because the series is loosely based on the War of the Roses in England that its machinations seem so relevant to today's world. If there's one thing I learned in school about history, it's that it repeats itself. Season 2's struggle between five different self-proclaimed kings should bring with it countless parallels to modern geopolitics.
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