7 financial lessons from ‘Game of Thrones’


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“Thronies,” the fans who would rather endure a Cersei-style naked walk of shame than miss an episode of “Game of Thrones,” will tell you that the show’s mix of sex, savagery and political intrigue have made HBO’s epic fantasy series a huge hit.

But the show, which has shattered Emmy award records in the drama category and is based on author George R.R. Martin’s book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” also offers some valuable money lessons, says Matthew McCaffrey, an academic who has written about the financial themes.

“Both ‘Game of Thrones’ (and the books) have more to teach us about economic and social life than we might think,” says McCaffrey, a postdoctoral fellow who teaches economics at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

“Money and finance are closely tied to the rise and fall of the great houses of Westeros (on ‘Game of Thrones’), just as they are to our houses in the real world,” he says.

Beware of spoilers (and weddings!) as we present these things your household can learn from House Stark, House Lannister and the others.