1. Ron DeSantis - Eddard Stark
Revered by many in Westeros, Ned Stark is the one redeeming character in an otherwise bleak and callus world when we see him in Season 1. He rules his home sensibly and has earned the reputation of a man with honor.
Like Ned Stark, Governor Ron DeSantis is all about doing what is right for the realm, and his pragmatic approach to tough problems has everyone in the Sunshine State singing his praises. Whether it's tackling tough issues that his subjects care about or holding bureaucratic leaders' feet to the fire, DeSantis serves with his realm with integrity and class.
2. Terrie Rizzo - Cersei Lannister
The Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, Terrie Rizzo is more Cersei Lannister than Lena Headey. Aside from having the same haircut, Rizzo is all about seizing power for herself and her liberal lackeys. She constantly criticizes Republicans -- although the economy is strong under their leadership -- and she takes every opportunity to thumb her nose as Gov. DeSantis and his administration.
More so, Rizzo claims to be the ruler of the Iron Throne much like Cersei, but in reality, the realm knows she is unfit and unqualified. From scoffing at a common threat, to blatantly lying to her minions, Rizzo has no interest in telling the truth.
Like Cersei in Season 7 of Game of Thrones, Rizzo would rather prop up her base than do what is right for the entire state of Florida.
3. Casey DeSantis - Catelyn Stark/Lady Stoneheart
While you may think drawing this comparison is logical -- given how we ranked Gov. DeSantis -- we assure you that First Lady Casey DeSantis is more than just a wife to a central figure in the story.
First Lady DeSantis is as important to Ron Desantis as Catelyn Stark was to Ned Stark. In the story, Catelyn's kids are priority number one in the early seasons of the show. She goes out of her way to retrieve them throughout Seasons 1 and 2, going so far as to go behind her son's back to broker a deal with the Lannisters.
First Lady DeSantis shares a similar relationship with her kids. Her first job is a mother to her children, much like the Lady of Winterfell. But like Catelyn, she is more than just a proxy stand-in for her husband.
Ms. DeSantis is a power player behind the scenes, taking an active role in her husband's administration, being dedicated and headstrong leader in the process. She's tackled tough issues unique to the Panhandle and has proved that she is as important as any bannerman or bannerwoman that Gov. DeSantis has at his disposal.
While it's a shame the show never introduced Lady Stoneheart, we are confident that First Lady DeSantis is introducing her own version of one of the most iconic characters in the book to Florida.
4. Gary Farmer - Tywin Lannister
Sen. Gary Farmer is the Tywin Lannister of the Senate. The trial lawyer is smart, ruthless, and seasoned. Unfortunately, like Tywin, Farmer only cares about protecting his family. He believes Democrats are the most important thing in Florida politics, and he'll do anything in his power to secure their legacy.
Nicknamed "The Old Lion" in the series, the Lord of Casterly Rock is both feared and respected by colleagues and family members. But much of this is a facade. His Achilles heel happens to be his family and his need to continue to prop them up. On the surface, the Lannisters are pure, royalty, and can do no wrong. But at their core they are rotten. Tywin continues to cover for his family, but deep down he knows they are not that special.
Farmer has a similar problem, but his party allegiance won't allow him to see the truth. Like Tywin in Season 4, this will be his downfall.
5. Joe Gruters - Robb Stark
Nicknamed "The Young Wolf" for his prowess and ferocity on the battlefield, Robb Stark personifies the direwolf sigil that the leader of Winterfell proudly flies. Unanimously appointed as Lord of Winterfell by his banners after his father was imprisoned, the eldest Stark was instrumental in defeating the Lannisters in Season 1 and 2.
Unfortunately, many of those loyal to his cause turned their backs on him because of his leadership and how he decided to handle his captive, Jaime Lannister.
Senator Joe Gruters, like Robb Stark, was unanimously selected to serve as Chairman of the Republican Party at the beginning of the year by his bannermen. The Sarasota Senator is an arduous Trump supporter, known for his role on the political battlefield for delivering Florida for the President Donald Trump in 2016. He is well respected by those who are loyal to him, and many will go to battle for him at a moment's notice.
But much like Robb in Season 3 with the Karstarks, Gruters has taken criticism from those who he trusted over controversial issues like an LGBTQ bill. Still, Gruters is a field general who is committed to the conservative cause. From banning sanctuary cities to curbing abortion in the state, Gruters is serving North Florida like his counterpart served Winterfell.
6. Anna Eskamani, Dotie Joseph, Carlos Smith - The Sand Snakes
Arguably the worst story line in any Game of Thrones season, the Sand Snakes were introduced in the rocky fifth season, and the majority of GOT fans made it clear that they were the worst characters the series has ever produced. Whiny and entitled, these three women encompass what it means to be "all bark and no bite."
Representatives Anna Eskamani, Dotie Joseph, and Carlos Smith are Florida's version of the poorly-written Sand Snakes. They view their politics through a tribalistic lens, categorizing individuals based on their race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. They constantly pander to their base and provide little to no reason as to why they do what they do.
Like the bastard Martells, they play the victim card at every waking turn, and scold Republicans (non-Dornish) for actually accomplishing something.
7. Jordan Kirkland - Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen
To say that Jordan Kirkland's political trajectory mirrors Jon Snow's would be an understatement. From starting as nobody from a small city like Winterfell, to traveling North at a young age to start his political career while attending the University of Georgia (Night's Watch), Kirkland has lived a life similar to that of the once Lord Commander of the Castle Black.
After his rebirth, Kirkland revoked his vow to defend the wall, and has since returned South to lead a fight for what's right in Florida politics.
Like Snow, Kirkland returned to a familiar place, and has begun exposing the truth to those who have been blind for so long. Slowly assembling his army for the long winter, Kirkland is presenting facts through his political news website, The Florida Report.
The Georgia bastard is committed to providing conservatives with fact-based, verifiable news. He's also calling-out the pay-to-play websites that claim to be one thing, while secretly taking money from both sides of the political aisle.
Azor Ahai has arrived in Florida politics, and unlike Jon Snow, he knows something.
8. Matt Gaetz - Bran Stark/Three-Eyed Raven
Brutally honest and not afraid to speak up, U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz and the Three-Eyed Raven were meant for one another. Like Bran, Gaetz is looking towards the future, but never forgets the past. He's committed to a cause much larger than himself, and he isn't afraid to cross the line to get there.
Also, like the Three Eyed Raven, the Panhandle Republican has that "it factor" that we can't quite put our fingers on. He can influence an election with one word, and his friendship with President Donald Trump makes him a peak political player in the realm. He Is he divine? Is he the chosen one? One can only speculate. All we know is that he's an important piece of Florida's political puzzle.
Peter Schorsch - Petyr Baelish/"Little Finger"
There's a lot of filth in King's Landing. From the Lannisters to the Small Council, the capital is plagued with bad actors that are itching to claim the Throne. Possibly the most unethical character in the series happens to be Petyr Baelish. "Littlefinger" owns several brothels in the city, and he's constantly scheming to get ahead. He has some fooled, but many in Westeros knows that he is power hungry leech who can't be trusted.
Florida Politics' Peter Schorsch is the spitting image of the former Master of Coin. They share the same first name, they have a bevy of prostitutes at their disposal, and they'll do everything in their power to increase their political stock -- no matter the cost.
When he's not using intelligence against political rivals, the slumlord of Tampa can be seen using his pay-to-play political website to gain and use leverage against lawmakers who refuse to play his game. Furthermore, he uses any resource to get ahead -- taking money from both Republicans and pro-abortion groups. Like Baelish, there's no tactic that is off limits to Schorsch.
Anthony Pedicini - Robin Arynn
The spoiled brat of Florida's political scene, consultant Anthony Pedicini believes he is entitled to everything much like his Game of Thrones equivalent.
Throughout the show, Lord Robin Arynn is the child that every parent wants to spank. He's brash, immature, and easily influenced by the ones who surround him. Because those close to him foster his preadolescence, "Sweetrobin" never grows into the man he is destined to be.
Pedicini's delicate demeanor mirrors that of little Robin. He's a child in a man's body who believes he's more important than he actually is. Like Robin, he can dish it out, but he can't take it, and that makes him one of the weakest characters in Florida politics.
Furthermore, he clings heavily to his Uncle Petyr (Schorsch), relying on him and his information at every turn. When he's not running abysmal campaigns, he's being babysat by the "Littlefinger" of Florida Politics.