Winter is coming …
in Watching Game of Thrones
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This chapter examines the claim that Game of Thrones is a lens for thinking about the world, and having metaphorical meaning, for example, in relation to climate change or the rise of politicians such as Donald Trump. The chapter considers how audience members describe the lands and peoples that intrigue them, what they understand ‘winter’ to mean in the series and how they think about the world of Game of Thrones and its relation to our world. Drawing on these responses it explores how these aspects illuminate audience understandings of the role of fantasy in contemporary culture.

Watching Game of Thrones

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