We all know by now that Game of Thrones is a show as much about politics, as it is about sex and dragons. While the show does make us fans draw parallels between the politics from the fantasy and in our very real world, there was seldom any crossover that is too direct, until now. Game of Thrones actor Sam Coleman, who played the part of the young Hodor, is now running for public office in the UK! Read on!
According to areportbyThe Hastings & St Leonard Civil Observer, Sam Coleman will be running for the office of Labour councillor for the new Bexhill West ward, at an early age of only 20. Sam played the younger version of our beloved and now departed character, Hodor, in Season 6 of the show. Talking about his decision to run for office, he said :
“I decided to get involved in politics because I realized that things would not change themselves. Asa young person, I have seen young people’s services, recreational businesses and activity centres close as a result of austerity driven cuts. Growing up as a young carer, I have witnessed first-hand the struggle disabled people have faced as a result of cuts. These issues drove me to investigate what I could do. I am not a politician. I am not in it for money or ambition. I just want to make a difference.”
The best part is that Coleman actually seems to have thought his campaign out very well. He promises to solve parking issues, and focus on the development of the youth, by building recreational businesses and centres focused on the youth, and getting them more interested in politics, too.
Coleman also talked about Game of Thrones. Talking about his stint on the show, he said :
“I was a massive fan of the show and I never thought I’d get the part but I did and it was one of the best experiences of my life.
I was also humbled when Jack Bender, the director, asked me to make my character’s seizure as realistic as possible, giving me the opportunity to bring awareness of seizures to the wider public. Several of my family members are epileptic and so I used my knowledge of epilepsy and other conditions to try and create something identifiable, despite its time-travelling, fantastical nature.”
Well, Sam Coleman sounds like he could make some real progress in his county, and he already has the advantage, at least with the Game of Thrones fans in his county, because who didn’t like young Hodor? The elections are scheduled to be held in May, so let’s hope Coleman watches the next season of Game of Thrones as the Labor councillor!
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