Game Change

Why TV's best show about politics is the one with dragons

In TV as in life, fantasy and politics are natural companions. The West Wing imagined a never-never land of committed, effective public servants. A slew of new shows have imagined politics as a tabloid opera (Scandal), a Shakespearean intrigue (House of Cards), a wacky family comedy (1600 Penn).

Yet TV's most sophisticated show about politics features neither donkeys nor elephants but lions, dire wolves and dragons: the sigils of the royal houses in HBO's Game of Thrones. This epic is about--for starters--a multisided war for the Iron Throne, an exiled princess's quest for revenge, and a possible undead invasion. But maybe...

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