By Jay Phillips
I’m sure you’ve all seen or at least heard of the world-famous television show called “Game of Thrones,” but what most people don’t seem to know is that the show has a huge concept that wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for the state of Florida.
One of the bigger concepts is none other than “Winter is Coming,” and the great winter catastrophes that the entire “Game of Thrones” world seems to endure.
But what does any of that have to with Florida? Well, it’ll be easier to understand once you strap on a pair of George M. Stratton’s infamous, inverted spectacles and rewatch the show.
Now that you’ve done that, we should be on the same page. For those of you too lazy to take my advice, let me break it down for you.
“Game of Thrones” creator and mastermind, George R.R. Martin, has never admitted that he stole many of his motifs from day-to-day life in Florida, even though it is clear that he did. For example, anyone who follows the hit book series and HBO television show can easily see that Martin modeled the all-powerful winters on the summers in Florida that pack the same power.
It doesn’t stop there, as Florida gave Martin just about everything he wrote about.
In “Game of Thrones,” Martin writes about a horde of zombies that follow the winter storm and its king, The Night King, around.
If you think this doesn’t apply to Florida, then you must have missed the face-eating zombie in Miami from a few years back. Of course, Martin is silent on the subject, and I’m not here to ruin the show for anyone, but a face-eating zombie in the middle of a coastal city like Miami is almost identical to a scene portrayed in the most recent season of the show.
And the fire-breathing dragons?
Have you stepped outside once in the last eight months?
These might just seem like coincidences, but when you think about the fact that there are 21 letters in the phrase “The Night King killed you” and that there were 21 Atlantic Hurricanes this year, you might not only rethink about where you live but also how easy it would have been for you to create a masterpiece based on the weather you endure on a daily basis.
Here’s another one to let marinate in your mind for a little bit. I’m sure everyone is as familiar with Florida’s American history as I am. Of course our current Senators are Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, but that is neither here nor there, unless you want to compare the physical similarities between the frozen-skinned, horned-head Night King and Florida’s governor, Rick Scott.
Disregard the physical similarities for a minute, and you’ll have no choice but to accept this fact as reality.
Florida was accepted to the Union in 1845, as the 27th state to join the United States of America. In Game of Thrones’ episode 27, which is located in the show’s third season, we see the character known as King Joffrey at 18:45. Okay, no big deal, right? Until you dig a little deeper.
In the show, Joffrey is known as a wild card. He has his wife-to-be’s father executed even after promising not to; he seems to find pleasure in hurting others and always seem to have murder on his mind.
If that isn’t your stereotypical representation of a “Florida-Man,” then I don’t know what is.
And don’t even get me started on the incest parallels.