Game of Thrones Characters in 2017

Who from the modern day is most similar to our favorite characters from Game of Thrones?

Game of Thrones is arguably the best show in television history, and while the world building, incredible story, and special effects make for riveting entertainment, it’s the characters that keep us coming back.

When watching the show, one can’t help but begin to compare the characters to those from our current day. What might Jon act like, if he was a beloved leader in the North in 2017? Instead of dragons, what might Daenerys have at her disposal?

Let’s dive into Game of Thrones and see what kind of comparisons we can come up with!

Jon Snow

Jon Snow…if that is his real name…is a strong leader. He has royal blood and is currently holding court in a sparsely populated but important northern area, trying to protect his people from both the insanity to the south, and the potentially world-ending disaster to the North.

Not only that, but he’s a handsome fellow whose father was an important man. Ring any bells? Strong, handsome leader from the north? Beloved by his people and many others? Worried about a bit of authoritarian rule from his direct neighbors to the south? Fighting for the long-term stability of the world?

Let’s ask one of my friends from Canada if he can think of anyone.

I think it’s obvious that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Troudeau would agree that Jon Snow is most like…


Think of the similarities! They’re both extremely popular, they both captivate us whenever they’re on screen, and they both love to get their groove on!

That one was pretty obvious, let’s move on to something more difficult.

Petyr Baelish

Ah yes, Petyr Baelish, or Littlefinger, if you prefer. He’s cunning, a bit creepy, and extremely wealthy. As Master of Coin he managed a great deal of books…among other things. He’s never been afraid to be aggressive and venture into territory others didn’t think he belonged in!

Is he brilliant and a force for good? Or is he just gathering information on everyone with the intent to betray and kill until he alone has the power? Is subscribing to Littlefinger’s prime influence and tactics wise? Is he a helpful force that can eventually be neutralized, or is he going to cut off your whole food supply if he dislikes your positions?

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That’s right! Baelish is obviously…


Think of the similarities! The want to party, the good taste in music, the — duh — LITTLE FINGERS!

Those first two were so readily apparent! Let’s try to find a challenge.

The Night King

The Night King is a dangerous part of the Game of Thrones universe. He is approaching from the north with the intention of ruining the world to the south through complete and utter domination. He would like to extend the Lands of Always Winter into all of Westeros.

Who might the Night King be in the modern day? I think it’s very clear to anyone who has been paying attention.


That’s right, the Night King is a clear metaphor for global warming. While the high born of Westeros wrestle for control of the Iron Throne, the real threat of the White Walkers, led by the Night King, is ignored. Why battle over bits of land that will only be decimated by the army of the undead? In the modern day, why worry about percentages of profits while polluting the planet, ultimately dooming our children and Earth at large?

With the Night King and the Walkers, it’s clear that Game of Thrones is making a strong statement of which we should all be cognizant. This show is a warning to avoid playing politics and look out for the real threats we face.

Daenerys Targaryen

Finally, we come to Daenerys Targaryen. Mother of Dragons. Breaker of Chains. The Unbunrt. Etc. Etc.

Who might best represent her in today’s world? As they say in the show, “it is known.”


Think about it!! Daenerys has three dragons, and the hotdog has three condiments, mustard, ketchup, and relish. Daenerys has gathered together many diverse groups to support her, and everyone on Earth has come together to support the Dancing Snapchat Hotdog. For generations, the people of Westeros have looked for someone to unify them, and the same is true for us. In both Daenerys and the Dancing Snapchat Hotdog, both respective groups have found their hero.

That does it for our comparisons. Enjoy Game of Thrones, and remember that no matter how far away Westeros may seem, it’s only one Dancing Snapchat Hotdog away from feeling like home.

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