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In this final instalment of the analysis of Game of Thrones, we come to the most pressing question of all: who should rule Westeros – from a liberal point of view.
At first glance, there should be no question as to who will win the contest between Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. The Targaryen heir has all the cards: she has an unsullied army composed of the bravest soldiers in all the world. She has three – now only two – dragons. She also has a Dothraki horde. Any of these three could normally guarantee her victory – not to mention the Stark, Martell, Arryn and Tyrell support she has.
Petyr Baelish, once thought to be the smartest and most cunning character in Game of Thrones, owes much of his reputation to a monologue he delivered in the third season of the series. In a discussion with Varys, he argues that “Chaos is a Ladder”; that destroying established structures – including myths and sources of legitimacy – can lead to an increase in one’s fortunes. At that point, Littlefinger seems to outmanoeuvre his eunuch frenemy, who is left defending the old order.
In a previous analysis I discussed how representative government would be the solution to many of the problems Westeros faces. There were characters who realised this and made attempts to limit autocratic rule. Sadly, most of these attempts failed.
Most people in Westeros seem to believe that building the Wall in the north of the continent was a good idea. The Wall kept the Whitewalkers outside major population areas and allowed a relatively weak force – the Night Watch – to protect the realm, the argument goes.