Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has compared her experience in the nation’s top spot with hit series Game of Thrones in an article for The Guardian.
“I first felt the addictive power of Game of Thrones when I was prime minister,” Ms Gillard shared. “Living in a world where power was also pursued relentlessly, albeit far less colourfully. Certainly the characters of my world were nowhere near as good looking or exotically dressed.”
Ms Gillard admitted that Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, is her firm favourite, writing “After all, what girl has not yearned for a few dragons when in a tight spot?”
The former Labor party leader has always been vocal about her obsession with the HBO series, admitting in 2013 that “I am not usually a consumer of things with fantasy elements in them but I very much enjoy it and I continue to enjoy it.”
It’s now clear that her love for the show runs deeper than pure entertainment value, with the politician confessing that she could often relate to characters during her three years as prime minister.
“The staff who worked with me most closely talked in a language I didn’t understand, discussing the Wall and the White Walkers, the Iron Throne and dragon glass,” she wrote.
The hugely popular show returned last night with its fourth season pulling record ratings.