Game Of Thrones and the power of fantasy worlds

Game Of Thrones returns on April 14, and with it, the inevitable onslaught of "winter is finally here" memes and a sudden obsession with dragons, knights and internecine feudal politics.

But the show isn't just warmed-over fantasy tropes. Its conflicts have become part of our public discourse and Westeros, its fictional kingdom, has become an allegory for America.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2019, with the headline 'Game of Thrones and the power of fantasy worlds'. Print Edition | Subscribe