Beth Stebner
August 02, 2016 1:34 pm
HBO

While this election cycle has been a particularly crazy one, it’s nothing compared to the politics happening in Westeros and beyond. It seems like everyone in the Seven Kingdoms wants to get their rear into that (super uncomfortable-looking) Iron Throne, and they’re doing everything in their power to get there—including some serious stumping.

In anticipation of Game of Thrones season 6 coming to iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, the brilliant marketing gods at HBO came up with the idea to campaign the lead characters for votes.

Yep, you can vote for Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow IRL (well, sort of)

After taking a careful look at what the candidates represent, we can totally get behind Dany’s platform, which includes:

  • Freedom for the Known World
  • Rebuilding the Dragon Population
  • Uniting Essos and Westeros
  • Female Empowerment
  • Restoring her Divine Right to the Seven Kingdom

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But we’re not so sure how we feel about some of the other candidates. Cersei Lannister, who technically already rules the Seven Kingdoms, has a few more (ahem!) severe platforms, like:

  • Bailing Out the Iron Bank
  • Pro Trial by Combat
  • Separation of Church and Crown
  • Revising Line of Succession to the Iron Throne

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But hey, she’s also into family advocacy, so that’s a point for her. Jon Snow—who is awesomely running alongside Lyanna Mormont—seems like a good option to unite the North, while the campaign with Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish is intriguing, in that he’s in it with an interesting choice in running mate; none other than Sansa Stark.

If you want to do your patriotic duty, go to GoTParty.com to cast your vote. A winner will be crowned on September 1.

The site says you can do this either “by ballot or by blade,” though we hope none of you are secretly carrying around Valyrian steel, because that would totes be weird.

When we wrote this, Jon Snow was leading the pack (and we think a good chunk of the vote was because of his running mate, the pint-sized Lyanna Mormont), but in the game of thrones, you either win, or you die, and really, it’s anyone’s guess. Hey, that’s a pretty good campaign slogan (although a little bleak, TBH).

Watch the whole campaign video here, and TRY not to get emotional if your banner’s not represented on the ballot.

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