According to Rudy Giuliani, Game Of Thrones is a ‘documentary’ about ‘fictitious medieval England’, as he blamed the show for his recent ‘trial by combat’ comment.
President Trump’s lawyer was attempting to explain his recent appearance at a rally ahead of the Capitol riots, which culminated in the deaths of five people, seemingly hailing George RR Martin’s fantasy tale – sorry, we mean ‘documentary’ – as the inspiration behind the speech.
Earlier this month the New York Mayor whipped up a crowd of angry Trump-supporters shortly before they marched the Capitol in Washington DC, telling them ‘let’s have trial by combat!’
Speaking about the comment, which referenced challenging Democratic election officials attempting to count the votes and confirm Joe Biden as president, Giuliani said he was instead referencing the HBO series and its character Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage).
He told The Hill’s White House reporter Brett Samuels: ‘I was referencing the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.
‘When Tyrion, who is a very small man, is accused of murder. He didn’t commit murder, he can’t defend himself, and he hires a champion to defend him.’
Just to remove any chance of doubt, Game Of Thrones is most definitely not a documentary, nor a mockumentary – it is very much rooted in fiction, that is not based in England, nor any real place, but instead mainly a made-up land called Westeros.
Like, there are giants. And zombie White Walkers. And dragons.
Anyway, if you need a refresher on the events of this ‘medieval England documentary’, Tyrion called for such a trial by combat twice – which, in one scene, of course (because it’s Game Of Thrones), resulted in Bronn (Jerome Flynn) slitting the throat of Ser Vardis Egen and booting him through the Moon Door.
The second time, well, that iconic scene resulted in The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) crushing the skull of poor Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal).
It makes for pretty grim viewing, even by documentary standards.
Trying to make his comments seem any better, Giuliani – who went on to claim that antifa was behind the violence and that Mr Trump bears ‘no responsibility’ for the events – attempted to explain he meant a combat ‘between machines’ and not people.
He went on: ‘It incited no violent response from the crowd. None.
‘The crowd didn’t jump up saying, “Lock him up, throw him to jail, go to hell.” I’ve had speeches where people jump up and say, “lock him up.” It was not an emotional — it was not an emotion-inspiring part of the speech.’
We think this calls for another viewing of Game Of Thrones just to brush up on our historical knowledge.
Credit: Original article published here.