On Wednesday evening, when news broke that Boston Mayor Tom Menino won’t run for a sixth term, I was watching preview episodes of “Game of Thrones,” the HBO series that starts its third season tonight. And in my mind, the fictional kingdom of Westeros merged with the real-life story of the mayor-for-life. Somehow I could imagine Menino lounging, in his grandfatherly glory, on a huge Iron Throne of his own.
“Game of Thrones” is about the quest to own that spooky-looking chair. On the surface, the show, with its medieval swordplay and dragons and supernatural wolves, seems as far from Hyde Park as you can get. But the show’s most compelling storylines are about the human beings who are jockeying to rule the kingdom. And for anyone interested in politics, “Game of Thrones” is essential viewing, the best rumination on power that has ever aired on TV.