AOC on 'Game of Thrones' finale: It'd be 'badass' if it ended in democracy

Christopher Wilson
Senior Writer

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., offered an optimistic view on the potential conclusion of “Game of Thrones.”

“Could you imagine if no one ends up on the throne and they transition to democracy?” said Ocasio-Cortez in a Sunday interview with Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast. “Wouldn’t that be badass?”

The freshman congresswoman was asked about the hit HBO show’s resolution hours before the final season’s premiere on Sunday night. “Game of Thrones” is about a series of monarchs feuding over control of the fictional continent of Westeros. While the George R.R. Martin novels that inspired the series are fantasy, there are ties to the Wars of the Roses, a series of 15th century English civil wars.

“Another hope would be maybe Jon Snow and Daenerys [Targaryen] just take the whole thing and they build a second [throne],” added Ocasio-Cortez when asked for a slightly less idealistic option.

Both characters mentioned by Ocasio-Cortez are part of a dynastic lineage that was overthrown in the years prior to the events of the show. Fans have previously theorized that the story could end in democracy, but any attempts at establishing suffrage would have to wait until the show’s protagonists have defeated the invading horde of ice zombies currently moving toward them as of the end of the season premiere.

In the early days of her primary campaign, Ocasio-Cortez had linked herself to the show. In July 2017 she posted an image of herself with the line “Justice Is Here,” a play on the show’s “Winter Is Coming” tagline. The poster was created by the Justice Democrats, a progressive group that supported Ocasio-Cortez.

Her comments about “Game of Thrones” came at the end of a Yahoo News interview in which she also discussed impeaching President Trumpthe 2020 presidential race, threats against her fellow freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among other topics.

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