Kit Harington compares Donald Trump to 'mad king' Joffrey, says we're living in a 'Thrones-like world'
The actor said if people had paid more attention to the show, they would have avoided living in a country where power goes unchecked
'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington has compared US President Donald Trump with "mad boy-king" Joffrey on the show, and said if people had paid close attention to the HBO show they could have avoided living in a "Thrones-like world."
Speaking to Variety about the end of an era with 'GoT's' eighth and final season next month, Harington compared its politics to the situation in America. "Unfortunately, we're leaving 'Thrones' with a Joffrey as the President of the United States of America," he said.
As 'GoT' fans would know, King Joffrey was the 'mad boy-king' who got killed in the fourth season during the feast at his own wedding.
The character, played by Jack Gleeson, was portrayed as a whiny, sniveling brat with no qualifications to lead his kingdom, as reported by Daily Mail.
During his chat, Harington also grumbled about the current political climate, saying the show is also a warning of whhat could happen if power is left unchecked.
"I'm deeply sad about the state of the world as 'Thrones' ends. Because if it was prophetic, you'd hope that people would have watched 'Thrones' and tried to avoid some of the situations these characters find themselves in, and I feel like we are living in a more 'Thrones'-like world," he said.
However, this is not the first time Harington has spoken his mind when it comes to matters related to the POTUS. In a 2017 interview with Esquire, the actor said that Trump was a "con artist." In that same interview, the hit show's author George RR Martin also compared Trump to Joffrey.
"I think Joffrey is now the king in America," Martin said. "And he's grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was thirteen in the books."
On the other hand, Trump too has used the show to promote his own agenda. In January, he brandished a 'Game of Thrones' type poster to hype up his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
In a cabinet meeting, the photograph on the President's table read, "Sanctions are Coming," over a photo of the president, which was essentially a play off the show's signature saying: "Winter is Coming." Even the font used was the same as on the hit show.
The president also tweeted an image of the poster last November, prompting HBO to say it didn't want its "trademark" to be used in politics. "We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes," the network said in a statement.