Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Ex Think Progress editor Zack Beauchamp thinks “Game of Thrones” Season 6 proves that the show is about Climate Change. The following contains some spoilers apparently – so if you survived past season 3, look away now.
In “The Door,” we learned that the White Walkers were created by the Children of the Forest, as a weapon in a war against humanity.
The Children of the Forest are a nature-worshiping magical race who lived on Westeros before humanity’s arrival. After the humans came, they went to war with the Children of the Forest over territory. The creation of the White Walkers, powerful monsters specifically designed to kill humans, was the Children’s response.
So that means the White Walkers are a quasi-natural backlash to humanity’s growth and expansion. Today, they have spun out of anyone’s control and threaten the very foundations of human civilization. Yet humanity is ignoring the White Walker threat in favor of internal squabbling.
It sounds a lot, in short, like the problem of climate change (other than the part about the White Walkers being “designed”). This parallel has become increasingly clear over the course of the show — as this video shows:
The video which “proves” the connection:
Is Game of Thrones a metaphor for climate change? Maybe. But if the Game of Thrones White Walkers are a metaphor for climate change, they demonstrate once again that when Hollywood wants to make the climate scary, they have to make it cold.