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Is 'Game of Thrones' the best political show on television?

Regular readers of this column will know that there is a lot of news that can easily (or not so easily) be incorporated into the topic of elections. In this day and age, almost every word that comes out of a politicians mouth has some impact on whether or not that person will be able to win their reelection campaign. Sometimes, as in the case of current and soon to be former Majority Leader Eric Cantor, no matter how many people try to speak for him using their wallets, it doesn't matter if they don't show up to support him in the ballot box.

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Many would argue that money is not speech, and in most cases, they would be correct. However, the world of politics hardly, if ever, takes place in the real world. Because of this fact, it is not surprising that many people choose to escape from our modern world, if only for an hour or so, and immerse themselves in one of the most popular television shows in history.

Although this column tries to hard to bring you lots of content important for elections and politics, sometimes you need to let your mind take a break and enjoy a bit of gratuitous nudity and mindless violence. On HBO's Game of Thrones show, you can find most of the same elements that are found in modern political theatre; power, intrigue, fighting, and scandal.

Are you anxiously awaiting the fourth season finale of Game of Thrones this Sunday? What will happen to Tyrion Lannister? Will the Wildlings overtake the wall and Castle Black? When will Daenerys Targaryen sail her army across the sea to take her throne back? Oh, the possibilities!, the leading online retailer of luxe diamond jewelry, created a fun pop cultural slideshow depicting "what if?!" weddings between Game of Thrones characters. From the ironic wedding song and dinner at Cersei and Jaime Lannister's wedding to the cake choice and wedding vows at Loras Tyrell and Renly Baratheon's nuptials, see how all of the "what if" weddings would fare out!

After reviewing these tales of wedded bliss, you'll be ready to see this week's new episode, entitled "The Children."

It will be broadcast on Sunday, June 15 from 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on HBO. According to fansite Winter is Coming, the show will feature how circumstances change after an unexpected arrival from north of the Wall; Dany must face harsh realities; Bran learns more about his destiny; Tyrion sees the truth about his situation. The episode was written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Alex Graves.

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