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The White Walkers are an undeniably evil force in Game of Thrones, but the above video argues that they’re not just senseless monsters — they’re actually a metaphor for climate change, an issue that George R. R. Martin has spoken about before.

While it may sound a little strange at first, it’s actually a very convincing argument. Despite being such an existential threat to humanity, the White Walkers are generally not taken so seriously. Stories about them come through grim secondhand accounts, and are often dismissed as fake by people like Tyrion Lannister and Ned Stark. Sound familiar?

Like climate change, the wealthier characters in the show can ignore the White Walkers, as the poor and vulnerable are affected first. Watch the video above.

In other Game of Thrones news, here’s what will happen on next week’s episode.

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