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‘It’s the women (duh!)’: Elizabeth Warren weighs in on ‘Game of Thrones’

Senator Elizabeth Warren in Somerville on April 12.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren on Sunday took to the Internet to post her thoughts about one of the nation’s most closely-followed political rivalries.

No, her tweet didn’t have anything to do with President Trump or members of Congress. Instead, the essay she tweeted out on Sunday evening was about Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister, two of the queens at the center of “Game of Thrones.”

Why do I love #GameOfThrones?” she wrote in the tweet. “It’s the women (duh!).”

Warren, who in the past has frequently expressed her love for fellow HBO series “Ballers,” turned her attention to the fantasy series just as the show airs its final episodes. Her review, titled “The World Needs Fewer Cersei Lannisters,” was published on The Cut, New York Magazine’s site devoted to content for women.


“I watch Game of Thrones because, just like everyone else, I want to find out who lives, who dies, and who ends up on the spiky iron chair in King’s Landing,” she wrote. “But for me, the hit HBO show is about more than a death count (I’ll leave that to Arya). It’s about the women.”

The review is largely a summary and comparison of Daenerys and Cersei’s roles in the story so far.

Daenerys, Warren’s favorite character, is a princess of the people, she said. Refusing to rule as a dictator or conquer enemy territory, she makes others wary with her revolutionary ideas.

“A queen who declares that she doesn’t serve the interests of the rich and powerful?” Warren wrote. “A ruler who doesn’t want to control the political system but to break the system as it is known? It’s no wonder that the people she meets in Westeros are skeptical.”

Power-hungry Cercei, on the other hand, is the “villain we love to hate,” she wrote. She relies on her wealth of the Iron Bank to secure her place as the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, regardless of whether her people respect her or not.


“It never crosses the mind that the bank could fail, or betray her,” she wrote.

As the series nears its finale, the fate of the people will be determined by these powerful women, she said.

“We’ve got five episodes to find out if the people can truly break their chains, destroy the wheel, and rise up together to win,” she wrote.

The post has received mixed reactions, with many drawing their own parallels between characters in the show and real-life political figures.

Some online accused Warren of pandering to the show’s many viewers.

Others seemed to appreciate getting a glimpse of Warren’s nerdier side.

Abigail Feldman can be reached at abigail.feldman@globe.com.