The Arab world has been thrown into despair as HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones began airing in the region.
Although a fictional show set in medieval times, many viewers in the middle east have mistaken the beheadings, torture, and corruption for a true representation of the west.
“For two years our Arab Spring has involved revolution, insurgency, murder, and instability”, said Hamed Ashour, a Damascene baker, “but how much worse will things get if the Starks are right and ‘Winter is Coming?”
Officials are desperately attempting to reassure the public that the events pictured in the series are entirely fictional, however the recently formed Muslim Brotherhood Without Banners have been circulating leaflets comparing various national Presidents with Lannisters.
Syria’s President Assad was said to be “absolutely furious” with his portrayal as child-tyrant Joffrey, whereas Abdullah II of Jordan was seen smirking smugly at his comparison with patriarch Tywin.