George R.R. Martin: ‘I think Joffrey is now the king in America’

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Hey, what do you know, a few years of Game of Thrones has made everyone involved terrified of a lust for power.

“Mr. Donald Trump I wouldn’t call him President, I’ll call him Mister,” Kit Harington told Esquire, revealing an appropriate level of skepticism for anyone who’s even just read a GoT recap. “I think this man at the head of your country is a con artist.”

Harington declined to delve deeper into his political views, though, saying, “I believe in experts.” He doesn’t think actors, and presumably reality television hosts, should insert themselves too much into politics. He thinks it was “annoying when Sean Penn decided to get involved in the Falklands. I was like, ‘It has nothing to do with you, Sean Penn. Fuck off.'”

George R.R. Martin echoed Harington’s sentiment to the magazine, adding that a particularly bratty GoT character is Westeros’ version of Trump.

“I think Joffrey is now the king in America,” said the author. “And he’s grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was 13 in the books.”

To Harington, the reason Jon Snow works as a leader is his hesitation.

Thrones can be used as a metaphor way too much, but if there’s one truth, I think, it’s that people who really desire power are the people who shouldn’t have it,” he says. “Maybe Jon’s the one person who should have it, because he’s not looking for it.”

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