A whole gang of politicians, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul, already have thrown their hats into the ring for the 2016 presidential race. However, television audiences might be more preoccupied right now with the politics of “Game of Thrones” as Season 5 of the HBO series keeps rolling along. “Game of Thrones” had an election of its own in the most recent episode, and a parody video has surfaced online in the form of a hilarious political attack ad against one of fans' favorite characters.
The video – uploaded by YouTube account Jason Gallagher – acts as a political attack ad against Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in anticipation of the election for a new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. An ominous narrator paints an unflattering portrait of Snow, twisting details of the character’s past to create a very negative narrative. The video accuses Snow of coming from a family of traitors – the Starks were deemed traitors by the crown after the execution of Ned Stark (Sean Bean) – and palling around with the Wildlings.
Instead, the video advises viewers to vote for Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale), the veteran Night’s Watch officer who has never liked the younger, more charismatic Snow.
Watch the video below:
Unfortunately for the folks behind the video, the parody comes a bit too late. In episode 2 of “Game of Thrones” Season 5 – which aired last Sunday – the election for the new Night’s Watch Lord Commander took place, and after a rousing speech from Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West), Jon Snow won by one vote.
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO. Fans can tune in to see how Jon Snow fares in his new position of leadership. But they’ll never find out how things might have turned out had the Night’s Watch been able to see this scathing ad.
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