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Anarchy in the Game of Thrones

Journal article
Authors Simon Larsson
Markus Lundström
Published in Neohelicon
ISSN 03244652
Publication year 2020
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Language en
Keywords Anarchism, Globalization, International relations, Neo-medievalism, Subalternity
Subject categories Media and Communications


© 2020, The Author(s). Recent scholarship has come to rethink how the concept of anarchy captures the fragmented plurality of contemporary world politics. This article continues that inquiry through an interpretative reading of the popular TV-series Game of Thrones. The appeal of this show partly derives from its animation of medieval tropes to interpellate with contemporary global politics; it echoes power struggles constitutive of today’s international relations. However, while the fantasy show portrays conflictual relations between different claimants of the Iron Throne in Westeros, it also composes subaltern voices amidst these violent claims to power. This article concludes that such an interpretation diversifies the meanings of anarchy, as both violence and freedom, in the ‘game of thrones’ of contemporary politics.

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