Many of us take electricity for granted. Actually I’d go as far and say that almost 100% of us do. I know I do. I flick a switch and voila! Lights on. Amazing, magical even. With the birth of electricity we have some pretty amazing tools, the light-bulb for starters, the computer, smartphones, air conditioning, electric trains, and best of all the television. Now imagine a world without electricity. We’d be going to bed much earlier than we are now, no late-night TV shows, food would spoil much faster, ice blocks would still be carved from lakes and rivers and hauled to your business or home. Mortality rates would be higher than they are today. Fundamentally we’d probably be moved back in innovation more than a century. I shudder to think I would not see a single episode of Game of Thrones.
Lets put a twist on it for a minute, imagine electricity in Westaros, the world in Game of Thrones. What could it do? What would the people be doing, what would we see?
Well now…what would we see indeed…(Spoiler alerts), with electricity…
Let’s start with Tyrion Lannister, everyone’s favourite character in the series. After being thrown in jail, he doesn’t have much to do except yell out, “Look at the wedding tape, look at the wedding tape, I didn’t do it!”
Arya Stark, young, adventurous, vengeful, what does she do a with smart phone in hand, as she travels the countryside with the Hound she takes snapshots of the places she’s been and things she’s seen, and posts them on her ‘Facebook’. Snapshots, at King’s Landing, the Inn, at Harrenhall, and eventually Riverrun, and then finally off to Braavos. Finally she posts her collection of selfies and the ‘list’ to the cloud and slaps on a fancy tune, “Missing You” by John Waite.
Brienne of Tarth, our lady knight and Podrick Payne, Tyrion’s squire, start their quest by throwing their gear in the back of a lime green electric vehicle. Jump-in and drive off to Riverrun, doing donuts and wheelies on the less travelled roads having the time of their lives.
And finally thanks to electricity a new best seller hits King’s Landing book stores. “How I lost my Job to the Electric Chair, an Executioner’s Tale.”
I tell you now, the next Game of Thrones couldn’t come sooner. Thanks to electricity I will get to watch it. Simple pleasure, guilty pleasure?