Game of Thrones actor admits Trump election played a part in Jon Snow's season finale speech
In the 21st century, it can no longer be said that politics, culture, entertainment or celebrity are separate domains. They are all conjoined in a dim mural, a Pollock painting we have yet to comprehend, the strangest mirage and the facts of our being simultaneously.
The election of Donald Trump has intensely politicized every sector of society. Parallels to Trump, whether they make sense or not, are drawn into everything. Personally, I think the 'anti-hero shows', from Breaking Bad to The Sopranos, seem to indicate the psychology of Donald Trump and his supporters most clearly - stifled modern men who seek amoral emotional catharsis. But, I digress.
Game of Thrones has seen its own fair share of politicization. Of course, the unending war of deceit and savagery for the Iron Throne is meant to reveal truths about the politics of our own world. There are no heroes, only competing interests. This is the Cold War realpolitik that has seized our society. And yet, as Game of Thrones reaches its seventh season, clear heroes and clear villains have formed, and have become more blatant than ever.
Liam Cunningham, who plays Jon Snow's close advisor Ser Davos, said this to Variety:
"That speech that Jon Snow gave about the nature of lies and what's been said, and what happens if we don't stick to our word...we filmed that on exactly the day that a certain POTUS was elected and it had incredible resonance while we were filming it. The results had just been announced the morning we filmed that particular scene - that particular day of that scene with Mr. Kit Harington.
"We may have been rehearsing that scene. But that was the first time that Kit had said those words on that platform in that scene. So it had a certain resonance, I'm sure you'll understand."
Here's the Jon Snow speech in question:
"When enough people make false promises, words stop meaning anything. Then there are no more answers, only better and better lies. And lies won't help us in this fight."
It's understandable how Trump's election would someone to feel this way. Furthermore, it's an archetypal heroic quality to tell the truth at all costs. However, I don't think it's fair to get partisan points out of the concept that lying is bad.
After all, Trump is just an extremity - isn't it a cliche that politicians have all been liars for years?
And if you believe Bernie Sanders, then the entire Democratic Party are liars for taking corporate money and claiming that it has no influence on their politics. Of course it does. Why give so much money to Super PACs and politicians if corporations don't get a little extra say for their troubles? And if a lot of corporations get a little extra say, suddenly the voice of the people becomes less and less, until it hardly exists at all.
The main message of Game of Thrones used to be that lying and scheming were the only ways to win the 'great game'. Honest people were cut down, or thrown aside. Only the silver-tongued and the wealthy win. This continues to be the case in the real world, where Donald Trump gives the world collective amnesia at his whim and Hillary Clinton continues to blame Bernie Sanders for her defeat. Maybe we get the politicians we deserve.