A Song of Ice and Fire provides a plethora of ideologies and governmentalities, and, in this article, I explore their strengths and weaknesses. Using a Foucauldian analysis to trace the divergent modes of governmentality apparent in Martin's texts, I demonstrate how fruitful the series is for conveying the complexities of various systems of governance, including feudalism, imperialism, and democracy.

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Keywords A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, Governmentality, Michel Foucault, Modes of government, The game of thrones
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.3138/cras.49.1.005
Journal Canadian Review of American Studies
Walton, P. (2019). “You win or you die”: The royal flush of power in game of thrones. Canadian Review of American Studies, 49(1), 99–114. doi:10.3138/cras.49.1.005