As the United States gears up for the 2016 presidential elections, HBO held its own version of the “Game of Thrones” elections where the King of the North — Jon Snow — has emerged victorious.
In order to promote the release of the show’s Season 6 on digital platforms, the network has launched the “GOT Party” campaign where fans can vote for their favorite candidate from the Game of Thrones fantasy universe.
The four candidates in contention for the race to rule Westeros were Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, Petyr Baelish or Littlefinger and Jon Snow. Each candidate also had a “running mate” — Tyrion Lannister, Qyburn, Sansa Stark and Lyanna Mormont respectively.
Each candidate also had a set platform and released campaign ads.
While Littlefinger and Sansa led with almost 34 percent of the vote in the first two weeks, the final race was a tight one. Finally, Jon Snow and Lyanna Mormont won the elections with a small margin. While the Snow-Mormont partnership held 35 percent of the vote, Daenerys and Tyrion came in second with 32 percent. Littlefinger-Sansa gave up their initial lead to settle for 31 percent in the final tally.
The most dismal show was put up by Cersei and Qyburn who could barely garner two percent of the vote.
In a statement released on the “GOT Party” website, Jon Snow said: “Winter has come and the war between the living and the dead will not end swiftly. We have cast aside the differences between Crow and Wildling, bastard and trueborn, Northerner or Southerner, to fight a common enemy.”
“We have seen that we cannot survive the Long Night divided. Unity is a necessity to meet the challenge of our time, but it is only the beginning,” the King of the North said. “The Long Night is coming, and the dead come with it.”