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F Sharp: The entertainment industry needs to let the queens conquer

“Game of Thrones” returned after an almost two-year hiatus on Sunday. I binged the entire show in February, and it has become one of my all-time favorites. From the music to the production to the acting to Jaime Lannister, there are few television programs that leave me as excited or awestruck.

One of the things I enjoy the most about the show is the gender politics. “Game of Thrones” began as a show about men killing each other over power and revenge. Most of the characters’ awful decisions result from men being overconfident in their masculinity — like Robb Stark marrying Talisa against his mother’s advice or Joffrey Baratheon executing Nedd Stark out of sheer ignorance. When one man messes something up, more men rise up to take advantage or try to stop the damage from spreading. Something invariably breaks again, because these men’s solutions aren’t much better than the ones made by men before them.

Then something happened in the sixth season. For the first time, every major female character still alive found their agency. Danaerys Targaryen reclaimed her title of Khaleesi by killing all the men who threatened to enslave her. Sansa Stark single-handedly won a battle her brother would have lost by correctly assessing her enemy, taking back her home and feeding her abusive husband to a pack of dogs as a bonus. Cersei Lannister gathered all her enemies in one place and blew them up, then asserted herself as the first queen in Westerosi history.

This was by far my favorite season of the show for those reasons. Men ruined the world countless times and, finally, women rose up and tried doing things on their own terms. Westeros isn’t perfect  by any stretch of the imagination going into Season 8 but, for the first time in ages, their world

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