Five reasons the Federal Election is like Game of Thrones
Both have a penchant for killing off main characters
Ned, Catelyn and Robb Stark, Tywin Lannister, Stannis, Robert and Joffrey Baratheon, Prince Oberyn and Doran Martel, Ygritte and lots of Dire Wolves. These are just some of the main characters that have been killed off by Game of Thrones. The list is lengthy and full of blood and betrayal, much like our own revolving door of prime ministers. With six PMs in as many years, George RR Martin could well have been the recent author behind Australian politics.
Very few can keep track of every character
There’s a website that has 27 pages of ‘dead’ Game of Thrones show characters, with 16 profiles on each. This equals about 432 characters, by my calculations. I haven’t attempted to count how many characters there have been in total across the show’s six seasons, but suffice to say it’s a lot. The cast of Australian politics is similarly large. The house of representatives has 150 members and there’s another 76 in Senate. That’s only the federal level. Each state and territory has its own hoard of MPs.
It’s watched my millions of people
ABC’s main channel alone had just shy of three million metropolitan viewers tuned into the 2015 Turnbull/Abbott leadership spill. This meant millions of Australians watched on as the drama, bloodshed and plot twists rolled out on national television during the various episodes of our leadership spills. Much like the millions of Australians who tune in to watch the drama, bloodshed and plot twists unfold in the various Game of Thrones episodes.
It’s a rotating wheel of power
“Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell, they’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top and then that one’s on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground.” One of Daenerys Taragaryen’s more powerful quotes. But a little tweak here and there, and it applies perfectly to Australian politics. “Liberal, Labor, Liberal, Labor, they’re just two spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top and then that one’s on top and on and on its spins, crushing those on the ground.”
The killing scenes are brutal
Remember when Robb Stark was a popular character, if not one of the lead characters in Season 3 in Game of Thrones, winning battles but ultimately losing the war? In the end, he managed to annoy his sort of “allies” so much, they conspired against him, and he wound up getting stabbed through the heart at the infamous ‘Red Wedding’. The first Kevin Rudd axing went down in a similar manner. The only difference being, sympathy for the ex- Prime Minister has waned significantly since his overthrow from power, while regard for Robb Stark remains strong.