Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin knows a thing or two about what makes a good leader, and what makes a questionable one. After all, he’s created some of the most bloodthirsty, back-stabbing, tyrannical leaders ever committed to paper in his A Song of Ice and Fire book series, which has served as the template for HBO’s hit show. And the man who created the incestuous, vengeful Cersei Lannister has come out, on the eve of the election, to declare that Republican nominee Donald Trump is not suited for the White House.
According to CNN, the Game of Thrones creator took some time out of his schedule of writing The Winds of Winter to share his opinion about Trump, which isn’t very high. Martin, who identifies as someone who “leans Democratic,” took to a Hillary Clinton rally in New Mexico to share his views on Clinton’s opponent, wherein he also shared that Trump brings him a great deal of anxiety.
“The election still has me in a state of high anxiety. I am not sleeping well, and I think I check 538 about three dozen times a day, hoping for some good news. Tuesday cannot come fast enough for me. I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that I desperately want this thing to be over. It has been SO ugly. Come Tuesday night, I will either be relieved or suicidal. I think I speak for a lot of Americans about that as well.”
— Hillary for NM (@HillaryforNM) November 5, 2016
This isn’t the first time Game of Thrones has entered into the political arena, though the last time it did so, it was for a fun promotion that actually poked fun at the American election. According to Variety, the Westeros-themed videos called for viewers to cast their votes for their favorite characters. And, per the fans, even though none of the characters came close to embodying the ideals of a Democratic — or a Republican — candidate, Jon Snow won, with almost 60 percent of the votes. The Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen, everyone’s favorite Khaleesi, came in second place, with 34% of the vote. Finally, Cersei Lannister — the Queen of Westeros that everyone seems to love to hate — came in last place, with only 3.5 percent of the vote.
But this is really the first time that someone from Game of Thrones has come forward and been actively political. Perhaps it’s because the rest of the cast — who are mostly British, or otherwise foreign-born — do not have an immediate stake in the election (the most notable Americans on the show are Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo and is originally from Hawaii, and Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister and is originally from New Jersey), but only Martin has been openly vocal about America’s current presidential election.
And according to Jezebel, the reason the Game of Thrones creator has come out and spoken out against Trump is because he wants his fictional universe to remain fictional, and doesn’t want America to turn into a real-life Westeros.
He told the outlet the following.
“In my lifetime, there has never been a presidential candidate more unfit to lead this nation. You don’t need to like Hillary. You don’t need to listen to what Hillary says about Trump, or what I say about Trump. You just need to listen to Trump. Trump [has] said the vilest things any presidential candidate has said since George Wallace, and he’s rising in the polls. He has boasted that he could shoot someone dead on Fifth Avenue and still not lose any votes. I’m beginning to think he was right.”
— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) October 22, 2015
The seventh season of Game of Thrones is set to premiere on HBO in the spring of 2017.
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