Mormon Theology and the Game of Thrones: Discerning the Difference between King-men and the Kingdom of God

Both the Book of Mormon and the Game of Thrones present personal struggle against the backdrop of violent war narratives, differing only in level of explicit graphic detail. Both use the symbol of the steel sword as that which enforced good. Both are tragedies. The true heroes in both are those who are internally transformed away from the banality of the sword into personal nonviolence. In the vignettes of these heroes, whether Alma or the Hound, Ammon or Arya, Samuel, or the Red Woman, the futility of violence gives way to the personal transformation of the Kingdom of God within.

Mark Crego, Tom Kimball