While the distinction between war crime and warfare can be a bit blurry in the gritty world of Game of Thrones, experts at the Red Cross have made an effort at assessing the worst war criminal this side of Westeros.
As popular fantasy drama Game of Thrones enters its eighth and final season, experts in war law at the Red Cross have offered the show an inventive send-off, ranking its characters according to their often brutal, if fictional, crimes.
The complete list shows a nearly five-to-one ratio of crime to compliance in characters’ actions across all 67 episodes of the show, highlighting some of the worst crimes, including those committed by the ostensible heroes.
While fans might dispute whether or not Daenerys Targaryen immolating her opponents with dragon fire constitutes “superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering,” the “tongue-in-cheek” list is an interesting method of highlighting some of the real-life protections that organizations like the Red Cross attempt to enforce and preserve.
You got Daenerys Targaryen’s violations and the “regularly constituted courts” wrong. Take a look at AP II article 6 instead of GC I-IV Common Article 3. https://t.co/f0QXHGm6D6
— Mark Klamberg (@Klamberg) April 10, 2019
Others, however, felt that an organization tasked with no less than “alleviating human suffering” should probably keep their focus on crimes that are actually happening, rather than assessing the application of contemporary international law to a fictional universe modeled on the middle ages.
Yeah, I see you guys have enough donations.
— Chad (@StopStlknMeJake) April 10, 2019
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