Let me say this right off the bat: I’ve never watched Game of Thrones, nor do I ever intend to watch Game of Thrones. It’s not a show that appeals to me. The same goes for the books. But I have read enough of what other people have written about the show and books to get the gist of the overall plot: Several noble families are fighting each other for control while a supernatural threat resembling zombies is threatening the human race. Yes, I’m sure there is much more to it, but I think I’ve got the basic gist of things.
The people over at Vox, however, have decided that the book and show is about much, much more than that. Specifically, they say it’s all about climate change. Their reasoning? The nobles in general ignore the White Walkers and, in some cases apparently, outright deny their existence.
Of course, this completely ignores the fact that author George R R Martin actually addressed this back in 2013 during an author book tour in Australia.
“Like Tolkien I do not write allegory, at least not intentionally. Obviously you live in the world and you’re affected by the world around you, so some things sink in on some level, but, if I really wanted to write about climate change in the 21st century I’d write a novel about climate change in the 21st century. Sometimes things happen that are hard to believe. You have to remember I’ve been writing these since 1991…”
So is Vox denying that the author of the books that Game of Thrones is based on said that he wasn’t writing about climate change? Surely that denial is just a substitute for something else.