Like most of you, I am very excited for the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones. In addition to the fantasy elements, my belief is that the show is so popular because it’s basically Braveheart multiplied by The Godfather. The latter framework has especially been on my mind recently while catching up on old episodes. Where Season 1 opened with an uneasy peace, Game of Throne’s best dynamics have unfolded via intrigue and conflict between the show’s powerful, dynastic families, as well as numerous other military, religious, and other political groups. It’s been great to watch.