Look, this election season has been tough on everyone: elevated anxiety levels, strained relationships, news hours devoted to emails and “Access Hollywood” audio leaks that could have been spent on more pleasant or enlightening subjects.
Even the “Game of Thrones” fandom is not immune. With just a few days to go before election day, CNN reports, author George R.R. Martin took precious hours away from his long-anticipated next installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, to hit the campaign trail both literally and virtually for Hillary Clinton.
On Saturday, Martin popped in on Clinton volunteers in Santa Fe to get out the vote, according to a campaign tweet.
Pro-Clinton sentiments have also crept into the author’s blog postings, alongside the ever-present New York Jets and Giants game recaps and fantasy event updates, as the election has approached.
In a LiveJournal post on Friday, Martin mused about the attack ads he’d seen from the two campaigns on New Mexico airwaves in recent days, writing:
In my lifetime, there has never been a presidential candidate more unfit to lead this nation.
You don’t need to like Hillary. You don’t need to listen to what Hillary says about Trump, or what I say about Trump. You just need to listen to Trump. If you can do that, and still consider voting for him ... well...
In a blog post from Nov. 2, announcing that he had voted early, he added, “Every four years someone is sure to say, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime,’ but this year I think that is absolutely true.”
On Sunday, he wrote: “The election still has me in a state of high anxiety. [...] Come Tuesday night, I will either be relieved or suicidal. I think I speak for a lot of Americans about that as well.”
Surely even many diehard “Game of Thrones” fans can relate to that crushing anxiety, though seeing Martin out and about, away from completing the repeatedly delayed Winds of Winter, has been known to cause grumbling in the ranks.
Of course, if those impatient readers want a little more Westeros in their lives, might we suggest paying attention to the brutal, no-holds-barred slugfest that is this election? Even Martin’s fiction can hardly touch the real, unadulterated thing.