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Pacific Northwesteros: If Game of Thrones Were Set in Portland

Who would play Jaime Lannister? You get one guess.

By Marty Patail June 12, 2017 Published in the July 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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Jaime Lannister? Or Ted Wheeler?

HBO’s Game of Thrones season 7 premieres July 16. To celebrate the return of the show that will take over your (and/or your nerdy friends’) Sunday nights for the next seven weeks, we assigned Westeros characters and places to their closest Portland analogs.

Jaime Lannister

Well-intentioned but misunderstood
Most like: Ted Wheeler, Portland mayor

The Dreadfort

A dark, ominous stronghold on a riverbank
Most like: The Yard

Daenerys Targaryen

Popular among the people but has trouble controlling her dragons
Most like: Chloe Eudaly, city council member

Jon Snow

Possible savior who knows nothing
Most like: Trail Blazer Jusuf Nurkic

Razdal Mo Eraz

Ruler from the east who cares not for the health of his subjects
Most like: Rep. Greg Walden

Battle of the Bastards

A roiling crush of sweaty free folk
Most like: Oregon Brewers Festival

Sandor "The Hound" Clegane

Mercenary who keeps the peace, sometimes with questionable methods
Most like: Mike Marshman, Portland Police chief

The Order of Maesters

Devotees of esoteric knowledge, proudly out of touch with the real world
Most like: Reed College

Iron Throne

Once occupied by a despot, now waiting for worthy claimant
Most like: Portland Public Schools superintendent’s empty chair 

White Walkers

Invasive hordes, forcing out generations of families
Most like: Do we need to spell it out?

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