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HBO's Game of Thrones is full of spectacle—dragons, battles, magic—but it's also got some famously great acting.

So it may not come as a surprise to learn that many of the show's stars have roots in theatre.

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In an interview with Variety, actor Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on HBO's Game of Thrones, discussed how the show, whose final season premiere premieres April 14, and its storylines mirror real-world politics.

“I think it’s always been about two things for me,” said Harington. “About dysfunctional families — or families in general, always where the best drama is — and the everlasting idea that people who seek power are very often the last people who should have it. Unfortunately, we’re leaving ‘Thrones’ with a Joffrey as the President of the United States of America.”

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 02: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists during a meeting of his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House January 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. A partial federal government shutdown entered its 12th day as Trump and House Democrats are at an impasse over funding for border security, including the president’s demand for $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump kicked off his first cabinet meeting of the new year, where he and his officials discussed the current government shutdown, immigration, and other subjects, but it was a startling centerpiece that ended up stealing the show.

Displayed on the table in front of the President was a poster of himself with text reading "Sanctions are Coming"—an allusion to HBO's hit fantasy series Game of Thrones.

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President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted a Game of Thrones-inspired meme of himself declaring new sanctions against Iran, and HBO isn't happy about it.

The image, emblazoned with "SANCTIONS ARE COMING NOVEMBER 5," is a play on "Winter is Coming," setting the stage for the final battle between the living and the dead in HBO's hit series. Trump's poster also copied Game of Thrones' signature font style.

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The season seven ending of Game of Thrones left fans anticipating the inevitable battle between the White Walkers, Cersei Lannister and her few allies, and the rest of Westeros. Then came the heart-wrenching news that the final season of D. B. Weiss and David Benioff’s acclaimed HBO production wouldn’t air until 2019.

Though there may still be plenty of time before the last season releases, leaked production images are giving fans much to be anxious about. In the season seven finale, Cersei Lannister ignored warnings of the White Walkers, instead opting to allow the undead army to wipe out all of Westeros, specifically her enemies, before dealing with the threat in King’s Landing.

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If there is one thing A Song of Ice and Fire fans know about author George R. R. Martin, it is that he is a notoriously slow and deliberate writer.

Some fans fear with Martin’s “advancing age” — he is only 68, but fans are watching the clock anxiously — and painstaking, laborious writing habits, he will never finish the final two books of the famed series.

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HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for Season 6 on April 24. Gritty, violent, at times gory and always uncompromising in its choice of subject matter––in short, very much adult––the show is one of the network’s top-rated programs. But the show has received criticism from even its most die-hard fans for its worsening portrayals of violence against women; some believe the show has already crossed the boundary between acceptable storytelling and outright misogyny.

THE “RAPE OF THRONES”

Two years ago, Game of Thrones was plunged in the midst of its very first substantial controversy. Fans found themselves divided over whether an incestuous encounter between Cersei and Jaime Lannister on the tomb of the late Joffrey Baratheon was, in fact, rape. Critic Andrew Romano believes viewers should pretend the scene never actually happened. “Pretty much 100 percent of the people who tuned in for [the episode] ‘Breaker of Chains’ thought that what Jaime did to Cersei on screen was rape—and they were unequivocally, unavoidably, undeniably correct,” writes Romano. “There was no verbal consent—just refusal. ‘Stop…it’s not right!’ Cersei snapped. ‘I don’t care,’ Jaime hissed back. The last word Cersei said before the cameras cut away? ‘Stop.’ Again. For the fifth time. And Jaime kept going. That's rape, plain and simple.”

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