“It’s like, ugh, this was written by men.”
The battle over the Iron Throne may be over, but debate over the “Game of Thrones” series finale continues to rage.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D.-Mass., joined the pile-on this week. Both of the progressive lawmakers had a bone to pick with the way the immensely popular HBO show wrapped up.
Specifically, Ocasio-Cortez and Warren took issue with “Game of Thrones'” purportedly male-centric perspective in concluding its eight season-long storyline. In a video shared Tuesday to Warren’s official Twitter account, the Democrat duo air their grievances toward the show’s writers.
“I feel like we were getting so close to having this ending with just women running the world,” Ocasio-Cortez said, to which Warren replied, “Exactly!”
“And then the last two episodes, it’s like, ‘Oh, they’re too emotional. The end.’ It’s like, ugh, this was written by men,'” she added. “We need to get some feminist analysis up in HBO.”
Warren may have been particularly put out by the show’s ending, considering the fate of the character she praised in an April op-ed for The Cut as a “revolutionary” Queen “who doesn’t want to control the political system but to break the system as it is known.” Daenerys Targaryen, lovingly termed “our Khaleesi” in her piece for The Cut, ended up murdering thousands of innocent civilians after her enemies had already surrendered. She was eventually killed by the virtuous Jon Snow, her lover, for her crimes.
Nor is Warren the only politician burned by association with the so-called Mother of Dragons. Khaleesi’s sudden character turn, from downtrodden hero to villainess, has outraged fans who viewed Daenerys as a feminist parallel to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Kit Harington, the actor who played Jon Snow, had a blunt message for critics of the show, feminist and otherwise:
“How I feel about the show right now is quite defiant. I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season — and I don’t mean to sound mean about critics here — but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgement on it, in my head they can go f–k themselves,” Harington told Esquire in an interview published last month.