Wilson Law Office June 2019

June 2019

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Winter Came Bidding Goodbye to Game of Thrones

At the time of writing, HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” is coming to an end. Don’t worry, no spoilers here! But I can’t help but feel forlorn at the close of such a long-running series, no matter how it ends. If you’re like me, you’ve spent so much time falling in love with the world and the characters and have built entire family traditions around watching the show. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye. I’ve always been a fan of genre fiction like fantasy and sci-fi; I think these kinds of stories offer more than just escapism. Yes, reading about dragons or galactic empires can take us well outside our daily experiences, but they also have the power to tell us a lot about the real world. By taking their audiences outside their normal frame of reference, these works of fiction can ask very relevant questions about the human experience. “Game of Thrones” certainly raises many questions about the nature of family, loyalty, warfare, survival, and more. Frankly, I wish I’d gotten into the series sooner. Instead, the HBO megahit took me a little by surprise. I’d read the first book in George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series years ago but put it down because I found it dull. But after the TV series exploded with popularity, my wife and I decided to head to the library and start renting the DVDs. She hated the first episode, but now I think she may be an even bigger fan than I am. In fact, she was hopping mad at the technical issues that made much of the third episode of this season hard to see. Now, this still being a legal newsletter, I feel like I need to bring my perspective as an attorney to bear, even when talking about a show set during feudal times. If anything,

“Thrones” does make you appreciate the rights and privileges we enjoy today — one of the very first scenes in the series is a summary execution with no fair trial. But, if there were a legal system in place in the world of the show, who would I want to represent? My initial instinct is to say Tyrion, being the witty underdog that he is. But of course, he’s already proven he can fare pretty well for himself when on trial, even when the whole court is against him. Tyrion’s haughty sister, Cersei, would be a tempting client, considering her status and wealth. But I don’t think even the Lannisters could offer me enough gold to defend crimes on the scale she’s committed.

Targaryen, Breaker of Chains, Queen of the — well, you get the point. Dany could certainly have plenty of criminal and civil cases brought against her. With her dragons alone, you’re looking at negligent arson and a serious violation of the leash law. But ultimately, as the sun sets on this series, I’m struck by the fact this show has reinforced a lesson I’ve learned time and again as a lawyer: People are complicated. So often disagreements between people, or between the accused and the law, aren’t clear-cut. Every person has a history that brought them to where they are now. When that place is my law office, I do my best to understand where they are coming from.

So, what’s your story?

Instead, my answer has to be The Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys “Stormborn”

-Tom Wil son

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