A ‘peace’ in the game

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HIS week, the TV se­ries and pop cul­ture phe­nom­e­non Game of Thrones ended in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion. The saga, penned by Ge­orge R. R. Martin, has told a story about how power, pol­i­tics, love, and destiny all come to­gether to ei­ther make or break peo­ple. We also say farewell to a cast of char­ac­ters and per­son­al­i­ties that made the epic fan­tasy se­ries also seem relatable. Who hasn’t wanted to be as hon­or­able as Ned

Stark, or as bril­liant as Tyrion Lan­nis­ter?

Warn­ing: There will be spoil­ers in this ar­ti­cle. So, if you haven’t seen the rest of the episodes, by all means, fin­ish them first.

The ending of the se­ries came when Bran­don Stark, the Three-eyed Raven, as­cended the throne as King of the Six King­doms of Wes­teros. The sev­enth king­dom, that of the North, re­mains now with his sis­ter Sansa. This was done in a coun­cil of all the re­gion’s lead­ers, which al­lowed for a sense of democ­racy in choos­ing the next King.

Tyrion Lan­nis­ter was also named as Hand of the King. It was well de­served, as his wis­dom and ex­pe­ri­ence has helped other char­ac­ters achieve their goals. He posed an in­ter­est­ing ques­tion to the coun­cil: “What unites us?”

In the story, the whole rea­son why there was so much con­flict is be­cause Wes­teros was not united; power strug­gles on the Throne, which at one point had five kings vy­ing for lead­er­ship, only ended in wars that starved the peo­ple. Their greed for gold and power ul­ti­mately be­came their down­fall.

His an­swer caught my at­ten­tion: one’s true value is in the nar­ra­tives and sto­ries they make for them­selves. The rea­son why Bran Stark was ul­ti­mately cho­sen be­cause “who has a bet­ter story?”

And while it may seem strange, it does make sense. As Bran is the Three-eyed Raven who sees and knows all, he has seen the rise and fall of kings and queens be­fore him. He also has a rul­ing coun­cil con­sist­ing of Tyrion and the other lords.

The rea­son why I am talk­ing about the fi­nale of Game of Thrones is be­cause I see many par­al­lels in the show and in the way we build and con­struct our na­tions. The orig­i­nal story was based on English his­tory and the Wars of the Roses, and these hu­man con­flicts helped to make the story more relatable.

When we look at what uni­ties us, we look to our elected lead­ers as sym­bols of our commitment to this coun­try, our flag, and our con­sti­tu­tion. The Philip­pines is one coun­try with dif­fer­ent bangsas, one be­ing the Bangsamoro. Our elec­tions are a way for us to con­tinue this nar­ra­tive, in al­low­ing us to choose the lead­ers whose sto­ries best re­flect our own.

In fact, the re­sult of the 2019 elec­tions has shown us that al­though the chal­lenges of elec­toral frauds, vote buy­ing, and more con­flict are still pre­sent, there is hope for the fu­ture. The elec­torate has cho­sen vot­ing for new young and promis­ing lead­ers.

Bran the Bro­ken’s story and how he has come to survive de­spite the odds is inspiring. He is a young leader, and we all need inspiring sto­ries to help us get through in this life and build a bet­ter coun­try for our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

In clos­ing, I want to share an­other quote by Tyrion Lan­nis­ter, “There’s noth­ing in the world more pow­er­ful than a good story.” In the work that we do, we are in the pur­suit of sto­ries that mat­ter, and to por­tray the best story for our nation.*

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