Election Day: Game of Thrones style
By Winter Is Coming on in Humor.

For those of us in the US, today is a big day. It’s Election Day! But in this skit posted on BuzzFeed, all any one wants to talk about is Game of Thrones.

Over at Hypable, they are running a presidential race of fictional characters from the world of geekdom and a Tyrion Lannister/Jon Snow ticket is on the ballot.

Winter Is Coming: Get out there and vote… for Lannister/Snow! Oh, and you should probably vote for the president too.


54 Comments

  1. Aegon the Conqueror
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    First!

  2. Game Of Thongs
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    ZOMG

    Edit : And that is why you comment “First!” before actually reading the post :P

    That video was pretty good

  3. Aegon the Conqueror
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Damnit the edit button seems to have disappeared on me. So sorry for the second comment.
    We shall of course vote!
    Always support the bottom.

  4. Lina
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Would definitely vote for the Lannister/Snow ballot.

    Though I would also fully support a Targaryen/Selmy ticket as well.

  5. Amsterpaul
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    I have voted for Tyrion 3 time as a write in for President twice!

  6. Aegon the Conqueror
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Amsterpaul,

    Tyrion, much like Steven Colbert, would make an awesome president.

  7. axia777
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Lannister for President. Bronn for Vp.

  8. Khaleesi In Training
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    axia777,

    LOL, now there is something to consider! I think Bronn would be bored as the VP, doing all the ceremonial ribbon cutting stuff. But I think he would be awesome as Secretary of State!

  9. Kharn9
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Great video.

    Loved the couple that we were seeing most of the time. The guy comment about ‘Our vote don’t matter, we don’t live in Ohio’ was actually quite interesting.

    From the other side of the pond, the election does look to be only/mostly about that state and I was wondering if it was the same feeling in the US?
    Doesn’t that annoy you?

  10. Cary Storm
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Totally already voted for Stannis Baratheon. Twice. I mean, there can be no other choice. Nobody else is actually qualified. Or next in line for the throne. And that wasn’t his wife who had the shadow baby. Dumbass.

  11. Quowala
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    That dude pronounced Baratheon wrong.
    And Melisandre isn’t Stannis’ wife.

    “Those white walkers coming over our boarders and stealing our jobs.” Classic!

  12. Quowala
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Also! “OMG have you seen Breaking Bad?” – Nice little reference to an amazing show there. Though it annoys me how she pronounced it. Am I too picky?

  13. Khaleesi In Training
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Kharn9:
    From the other side of the pond, the election does look to be only/mostly about that state and I was wondering if it was the same feeling in the US?
    Doesn’t that annoy you?

    For me, I never take for granted that I have the freedom to vote. While I think the electoral college should be updated, if not done away with for good, there are many other elections that are being decided today as well (senators, congressmen, state-level referendums, etc). It’s a privilege and honor to be able to check a box on that ballot voicing my desire. Many people died for me to have this right, and I don’t intend to waste it. Just my 2 cents…after taxes, of course :)

  14. mags giantsbabe
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Off topic. I’ve watched a couple of Kit Harington interviews today and he gives tiny little bits and pieces of what to expect from S3. In general, he says all of the character arcs are amazing, and interestingly he mentioned that he would be in Belfast for Halloween. So, he has already done some scenes before going to the US to promote Silent Hill and now it seems he is back, maybe doing more, before going off to Iceland. I hope this means more (and meaningful) Jon scenes for S3.

    And since we have been hyped up with excitement so far by some great teaser photos and videos (permitted or not) from Dany’s arc in Morrocco, I’m looking forward to seeing the same from Iceland, but those units will probably be more isolated while filming.

  15. axia777
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Khaleesi In Training,

    Yes, Bronn might be bored but he would just kill offending lobbyists and the like.

  16. Mosh
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I live in Ohio, so election years are the only time I get to feel important. I wish my vote for Lannister/Snow held more weight too.

  17. Khaleesi In Training
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    axia777,

    OK, I can’t argue with that! I have this image of Bronn cleaning his fingernails with his dagger as lobbyists try to approach him with fear and trepidation…

  18. Alan
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Kharn9:
    Great video.

    Loved the couple that we were seeing most of the time. The guy comment about ‘Our vote don’t matter, we don’t live in Ohio’ was actually quite interesting.

    From the other side of the pond, the election does look to be only/mostly about that state and I was wondering if it was the same feeling in the US?
    Doesn’t that annoy you?

    It’s only for the Presidential Election, and it’s not really true. Ohio is very likely to be the tipping point state in terms of what would get Romney or Obama elected if someone wins by a very small margin.

    But that’s just because Ohio sits in the middle politically. The electoral college (which is dumb) portions off the country geographically, so it feels less like your vote counts, but it’s really about the same.

    Anyway, there’s a ton of other items to vote on state-wide and locally — even if your vote isn’t terribly important nationally, people should be voting on the local and state-wide issues.

  19. Alan
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    And to get more specific, there’s actually quite a few swing states. Ohio happens to be a lynchpin because with the # of electoral votes and where the polls are, it virtually clinches a win for Obama — but that’s only if Nevada, Wisconsin, etc., come with it.

  20. KG
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Kharn9:
    Great video.

    Loved the couple that we were seeing most of the time. The guy comment about ‘Our vote don’t matter, we don’t live in Ohio’ was actually quite interesting.

    From the other side of the pond, the election does look to be only/mostly about that state and I was wondering if it was the same feeling in the US?
    Doesn’t that annoy you?

    Nah, because it’s actually the Electoral College that picks the President. THAT annoys me.

  21. clippedwolf
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Winning the election (electoral college) but losing the popular vote has happened before.

  22. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    “What the fuck kind of name is Mitt Romney?” LOL! That came out of nowhere. Also, I fully support the Lannister/Snow ticket.

  23. Nezzer
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    KG: Nah, because it’s actually the Electoral College that picks the President.THAT annoys me.

    Yeah, that sucks. Although I’m no American, I don’t think the American election system is very democratic. Winning without the popular vote, WTF? I wish we had more democracies in the world like Iceland, where people can vote even for their constitution.

  24. Erik
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    I’d vote for Victarion Greyjoy, if only to watch in grim satisfaction as he takes care of the LGBT-problem.

  25. WildSeed
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Cary Storm:
    Totally already voted for Stannis Baratheon. Twice. I mean, there can be no other choice. Nobody else is actually qualified. Or next in line for the throne. And that wasn’t his wife who had the shadow baby.Dumbass.

    It would be very amusing if a registered voter wrote in Stannis’s name for
    US President. Not a bad idea really, if he were a real choice for a candidate.
    The US realm would definitely undergo a needed adjustment ( from the
    Lannister type lobbyists ).

    If only someone came forward with that ” placenta stained birthing blanket “.

  26. WildSeed
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap:
    “What the fuck kind of name is Mitt Romney?” LOL! That came out of nowhere.Also, I fully support the Lannister/Snow ticket.

    Can we really say that Tyrion supports ” the little man ” ? Sounds like campaign
    rhetoric. Reminds me of ” I like Ike “. Still, you may have something there, for
    a balanced ticket. Tyrion does have leadership abilities, but it’s also likely
    there would be another ” Monica Lewinsky sex scandal ” to taint his image.

    What about Stannis Baratheon/ Tyrion Lannister ?

  27. WildSeed
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    KG,

    The Electoral College is antiquated, but deciding by US Supreme Court is abominable.

  28. WildSeed
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Alan:
    And to get more specific, there’s actually quite a few swing states.Ohio happens to be a lynchpin because with the # of electoral votes and where the polls are, it virtually clinches a win for Obama — but that’s only if Nevada, Wisconsin, etc., come with it.

    It’s interesting that there are 7 swing states this year, well somewhat interesting
    anyway.

  29. WildSeed
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    This live video is just what we ( voters ) need right now, a healthy dose of
    relevant humor.I wonder if the blond male in the navy v-neck sweater
    actually read the books (?) probably not.

    The one thing that troubles me is that US citizens have not decided on their
    choice of presidential candidate ( and other propositions ), even at this late
    hour. I mean, the voter info packets have been available for many months.
    Why do people only vote emotionally (?) Don’t facts count for something ??

    Beam me up Scotty !

    I read that decades ago, people voted for the ” Federation of Planets “, and named
    Spock and James Kirk for the ticket.

  30. Gundeman
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Elections? Vote?

    Bah…
    Birthright is the way to power!

    …Unless you pay the iron price that is.

  31. Addy Stark
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed,

    Actually, there are very few undecided voters, especially for the Presidential race and this has been the case for some time. The candidates have been struggling for the last few remaining undecided voters and concentrating their efforts in states that will not clearly vote for one party or the other, also known as swing states.

  32. axia777
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Khaleesi In Training,

    LOL That is a great image! If only. :D

  33. WildSeed
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Addy Stark,

    I understand what you’re saying, and I referred to the number ( 7 ) of Swing States
    in the above comment. Alan covered the premise a lot better than I, in above
    comments as well. My understanding is that the average voter votes for issues
    concerning their personal interests , the remaining vote for national appropriated
    rules that affect the entire country ( both attitudes are equally understandable ).
    For years now, the US has experienced a steady surge of uniformed ( self afflicted)
    voters, that vote by emotional impulse. Their decisions often on the spot, and
    not limited to swing states. It’s a bit like shopping for a Xmas present at 11pm
    on Xmas eve. Of this aggregate, some, not all, decide it’s not worth the bother at
    all. The same aggregate , and smaller but important %, purports voting is
    contributing to a sham, skipping the process entirely. I’ve attempted to
    understand all perspectives out there, but none compare to a Duvalier run
    country with Ton Ton Macoute residing over the ballot boxes. Sometimes a vote
    counts for change, working within the system ( until political evolution renders
    it obsolete ). I’m a ex-pat, so my POV is slightly biased.

    I was was fortunate to vote 3 weeks ago, by mailed ballot. My concern , at the
    moment, is what will be the outcome of Greece’s vote $23 billion in cuts -ouch!
    The global headache just keeps on throbbing .

  34. Freoduwebbe
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Not really. If you are a swing state..you get buried in tv ads and political phone calls. It can be nice to be ignored. Here in Maryland.. the democrats usually win…. they have gerrymandered the state that way (we have the new map on referendum this time). Personally i always felt the local and state elections hit your pocket snd life harder.

    Kharn9:
    Great video.

    Loved the couple that we were seeing most of the time. The guy comment about ‘Our vote don’t matter, we don’t live in Ohio’ was actually quite interesting.

    From the other side of the pond, the election does look to be only/mostly about that state and I was wondering if it was the same feeling in the US?
    Doesn’t that annoy you?

  35. Lin Beifunk
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Erik:
    I’d vote for Victarion Greyjoy, if only to watch in grim satisfaction as he takes care of the LGBT-problem.

    …the LGBT ‘problem?’

    Please, go on.

  36. Bannerless Bro
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Our votes don’t matter, we don’t live on The Reach.
    Support the Brotherhood Without Banners for a free Riverlands.

  37. WildSeed
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Bannerless Bro:
    Our votes don’t matter, we don’t live on The Reach.
    Support the Brotherhood Without Banners for a free Riverlands.

    LOL, very catchy :D Has your coalition ever work with Doctors Without Borders ”
    ( Medecins Sans Frontieres ) ? We’ll be sure to give a shout out !

  38. Tom Savage
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Obama won! Oh shit Spoilers! lol

  39. gswelcome
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    I do live in Ohio and still think my vote doesn’t matter

  40. RamsaySnow
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    Great!!

    The victory of Obama prevented a mental breakdown of the most popular NFL blogger. Let’s just hope than he can now concentrate on spending at least 2 hours per week in writing TWOW. Wishful thinking, I know.

  41. Pau Soriano
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    Thank God Obama won! been up all nite watching the news but has been worth it…

  42. MedievalFantasy
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    If only Romney won…. Wake me up in four years!

  43. freoduwebbe
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Kharn9:
    Great video.

    From the other side of the pond, the election does look to be only/mostly about that state and I was wondering if it was the same feeling in the US?
    Doesn’t that annoy you?

    Well, I live in Maryland, and its a highly Democratic state. Its unlikely it will ever be a swing state. Thats ok, cause we dont have to get 15 polictical ads every hour…

    for all the annoyances about the electoral college, at least recounts are only done on a state by state basis. We’ll never need a full country recount. That would make the mess that was Florida into a whole other level.

    That being said,the state and local races usually have a more immediate impact on your life and wallet.

  44. freoduwebbe
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Addy Stark:
    WildSeed,

    Actually, there are very few undecided voters, especially for the Presidential race and this has been the case for some time.The candidates have been struggling for the last few remaining undecided voters and concentrating their efforts in states that will not clearly vote for one party or the other, also known as swing states.

    And it can be quite fun to tell the media dopes that you are undecided.. even if you already early voted.. hey, the politicians lie, why cant I…

  45. Fazil
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink
  46. Khaleesi In Training
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I feel like I have an election hangover. Anyone have any extra milk of the poppy they can send me?

  47. Kharn9
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the answers my good sers (and ladies) ;)

    I actually discovered today that the vote was not only about the president but also about local stuff. Quite clever to gather several things at the same time.

    Apart from that

    Khaleesi In Training: For me, I never take for granted that I have the freedom to vote.While I think the electoral college should be updated, if not done away with for good, there are manyother elections that are being decided today as well (senators, congressmen, state-level referendums, etc).It’s a privilege and honor to be able to check a box on that ballot voicing my desire. Many people died for me to have this right, and I don’t intend to waste it.Just my 2 cents…after taxes, of course :)

    I feel exactly the same.
    My ‘being annoyed’ was not supposed to lead to ‘not voting’ but more to ‘Frak the TV, frak the radio and frak the newspaper’.

  48. Khaleesi In Training
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Kharn9,

    My apologies that I misunderstood your question, Kharn! Political media coverage is always annoying, no matter what your political affiliations are. Instant tired head…

  49. Varamyr Fourskins
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    I know I’m going to either sound like a depressingly pessimistic lunatic, or a teenager who’s just discovered Nietzsche, but, in America the right to vote is nothing more than bread & circuses; a crumb those in power throw to those who are not.

    Under most democratic systems, it’s possible to actually change the system of government. Imagine that… There’s a conservative party, a liberal party, a communist party, a fascist party, and everything in between. In other words, a real choice. In America, the two-party system upholds a status-quo that cannot be questioned. Politicians campaign on social issues within the jurisdiction of the courts (which are held within the bounds of the Constitution), that they have no power to change (see abortion).

    But, the most important issues facing our country aren’t even up for debate. We fight like hell over taxes and “family values” (sometimes I think we’re on the verge of civil war over frivolous bullshit like that), but those issues are trivial compared to things like the military industrial complex, aggressive interventionist foreign policy, corporate welfare, global corporatism, the war on drugs, the prison industry, debt leveraging, dollar imperialism, privatized insurance, foreign espionage, national wiretapping, labor exploitation, antiquated education systems, campaign finance reform, foreign aid, resource extraction, corporate subsidies, etc. None of which we can vote on, no matter whether we want less or more of it. We’re on the outside looking in.

  50. Varamyr Fourskins
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    (cont.)

    People often say the right to vote is empowering. But, technically, power is the right to wield violence legitimately. That’s how the peasantry has been beaten down by the government and the aristocracy for centuries. The government murders “enemies” and “criminals” and are “heroes” for it. But, when the peasants rise up and murder their enemies, and those who commit crimes against them, they themselves are the “criminals”. They don’t have the authority to do violence, nor do they have the cash to hire henchmen (and when I say “peasants” I mean “middle-class”. Even if you make $250,000 a year, your net worth is closer to a homeless person’s than a millionaire’s or billionaire’s). Consider, if someone were to murder your entire family, you would not have the right to hunt that person down, murder them and dump their corpse at sea. But the government can do exactly that (see Bin Laden). They don’t even have to explain themselves if they don’t want to, because they have the power.

    I’m by no means a gun-nut, but guns do provide the peasantry with a small measure of power, on an individual level (i.e. the right not to be a victim). But, what really holds those in power back (and when I speak of those in power, I’m not talking about elected officials. I’m talking about the shadow government; appointed officials and military leaders who aren’t accountable to the electorate) from abusing their power is the threat of the masses (the 99%). Even 2,000 years ago, the ancient Romans understood that if you don’t throw the peasants a bone every once in a while, they’ll rise up and kill you. Hence, “bread and circuses”. Suburbia and democracy would be the modern day equivalent; just a taste of what real wealth and power is like, just enough to keep the people docile and complacent, but not enough to actually threaten the system. Our power doesn’t lie in our vote. It lies in the threat of uprising. That’s the real American democracy. As Jim Morrison said, “They’ve got the guns, but we’ve got the numbers”.

    So, now that I’ve just written a political manifesto, you’re probably wondering whether or not I voted? I did, for Obama (because Romney was about as relatable as a monitor lizard). But I sure as hell didn’t feel empowered doing it. Sorry to be such a bummer, but that’s how I feel.

  51. Bannerless Bro
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    Varamyr Fourskins,

    I’m not american, but I know that feel. Also, good point on american politics reduced to debate taxes and family values. From the outside, it looks ridiculous how much you mention taxes, liberty and god instead of real problems for the world.

  52. SJGIM
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Nezzer: Yeah, that sucks. Although I’m no American, I don’t think the American election system is very democratic. Winning without the popular vote, WTF? I wish we had more democracies in the world like Iceland, where people can vote even for their constitution.

    Well technically the US is a republic, not a democracy. The reasoning being that in a direct democracy policy can change too quickly simply due to temporary popular opinion. I do agree though that the electoral college is outdated and needs to be either updated or abolished.

    On a similar note, a lot of younger voters (at least from my experience talking to people here in college) research the ballot candidates and issues online before going to the polls or do a mail in ballot so they can take time to research and then vote on the issue. There are a lot of great resources out there as well as a lot of opinions to listen to when researching candidates.

  53. Hear Me Roar
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Making these false distinctions between republic and democracy is silly (and fuelled by the fact that the two opposing parties in the US are named Democratic and Republican). US is a democracy and a republic. Even the origin of the terms, Greek and Latin, respectively, point to that: “rule of the people” and “(ruling is a) public matter”. In modern use, the only distinction that is made is that republic denotes that a state is not a monarchy, which can still be democratic.

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