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- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commiserated over the ending of the HBO mega-hit “Game of Thrones” in a video released on Tuesday.
- Warren and Ocasio-Cortez, both Democrats, were upset that Sansa Stark did not end up taking control of the fictional kingdom of Westeros.
- The pair also decried the show’s treatment of women, a criticism often leveled during the show’s run.
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In a video released on Tuesday, the pair of Democratic lawmakers expressed how they were let down by the end of the show’s nearly 10-year run and criticized the handling of the major female characters in the series.
Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman lawmaker who has quickly become one of the national faces of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, said she was “sad” and “disappointed” by the “‘Game of Thrones’ ending.” Warren offered a one-word review: “Meh.”
Both Ocasio-Cortez and Warren also felt that the show failed to do right by its significant female characters and said the writers’ room could have used more influence from women.
As context, at the end of the show, Bran Stark – a member of the powerful Stark family with mystical abilities to see into the past – was named king of the Six Kingdoms of Westeros, the fictional continent where much of the “Game of Thrones” action was set. Bran’s older sister Sansa Stark established an independent kingdom in the North and became its queen.
The void at the top of the fictional kingdoms’ political structure came after Daenerys Targaryen, originally set to become queen of the Seven Kingdoms, was murdered by Jon Snow – her nephew, lover, and technically the rightful heir to Westeros’ seat of power: the Iron Throne.
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Ocasio-Cortez and Warren felt that Daenerys’ relatively sudden change into the show’s final villain (a major source of consternation among viewers) was unfortunate and said that Sansa should have taken over the entire Seven Kingdoms, instead of simply settling for the North.
“I feel like we were getting so close to having this ending with just women running the world, and then the last two episodes it’s like, ‘Oh, they’re too emotional,'” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It’s like, ‘Ugh, this was written by men.'”
“So I was even willing at the end to make a quick allegiance shift, when Dany went nuts. So I was over to Sansa, I was like Team Sansa. I will redo my shirt, the whole thing,” Warren said in the video, with Ocasio-Cortez agreeing. “And yet Sansa, who already is queen of the North, thank you very much. She walks away saying: ‘And I’ll still be queen of the North.'”
“Ugh, I know, I was so disappointed,” Ocasio-Cortez replied.
“Come on Sansa, go for the big one!” Warren, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said.
“I was disappointed, we need to get some feminist analysis up in HBO,” Ocasio-Cortez said, referencing the show’s network home.
Watch the full back and forth here:
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) May 21, 2019