Back in the 1990s, an author and minister wrote a bestselling book called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.
More people watched the GOT season finale last night than voted in the UK to leave the European Union--or if you prefer an American comparison, voted for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the U.S. primaries.
If you don't watch the show, it's probably crept into your conscious, and the lessons you can learn from it are 100 percent legitimate. Here are a few of the most important.
1. Commit fully.
GOT is brutal. Anyone who half-heartedly commits to a goal--who wavers--winds up dead. *Of course, there are quite a few who do commit entirely and also wind up dead, so commitment alone is not enough. Still, it's a prerequisite.)
In the 25 minutes of the finale, Cersei displayed this pretty effectively, by setting off a massive explosion that lays waste to her enemies. Sure, she loses her son, the king, as a result, but she inherits the crown, and even gets to torture one of her cruelest former captors. Lesson learned: Lean in. Lean the hell in.
2. Be wiling to sacrifice.
The women on GOT leaders do the lion's share of sacrificing, but in the end--or at least the finale--they're winning. Dany Targaryen gives up a man she loves to have a shot at the Iron Throne. Even Sansa, who probably should be Queen of the North, has to stand by as Jon Snow is instead acclaimed to the title.
Speaking of Jon Snow, here's the moment that GOT fans have been waiting for, a vision quest flashback of sorts that reveals that his mom was in fact the sister of the man he thought was his father. The short version of this is that if Jon Snow really knew his lineage, he might realize that he's actually in line to rule the entire Seven Kingdoms, rather than just the comparatively small Winterfell.
3. Listen to good advice.
It's lonely at the top. And while it seems that almost nobody who gets the ceremonial title of hand of the king in GOT winds up doing very well, it's still a role that people covet.
(Thinking Ned Stark, to begin with, all the way back in Season 1). Regardless, it seems at least for now that Dany appreciates the counsel she's getting from Tyrion Lanister. So much so that she makes him "Hand of the Queen," complete with a pin and everything.
4. Team up with the right allies.
Last week, in the penultimate episode, we saw at least two great displays of this lesson. First, Yara Greyjoy and Dany Targaryen teamed up, which was kind of cool, and later, Sansa saved the day by literally galloping into the middle of a giant battle with an army that she'd recruited only by being willing to deal with an especially skeevy and amoral suitor (Littlefinger).
This week, we watch as Queen Olenna--who has just lost both her son and daughter to Cersei's murderous machinations--teams up with another women-led kingdom. And, just to take this a step further, Dany has sent an envoy to recruit all of them to her side.
5. Bide your time
Ned Starks' daughter Arya has turned into something a psycho killer, but she's still compelling to watch. Personally I can't help but root for her, even if she did have a two-season-long detour before she really began to take revenge on all the people she'd sworn to take out.
Interesting mirrored moment: Earlier in the episode, Cersei tells her former captor that her face is the last thing the woman will see before she dies; later, just as Arya kills Walder, she tells hi: "The last thing you're ever going to see is a Stark smiling down at you as you die."
6. Take a stand.
You know who demonstrates this the best? The 10-year-old girl, Lady Lyanna Mormont, who leads House Mormont, and who mocks the leaders of the other houses who don't have the guts to make Jon Snow the King of the North.
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