Imagine a man, one who lives in a stretch of vaguely frightening forest somewhere up north. And imagine that he wants to be your benevolent dictator. His pitch: Remove the current leadership. Destroy a neighboring nation and kill its populace. Then, conquer most of the continent. And somewhere in there, he’d also like to restore traditional values to the country, whatever that means. And he says he gets to do so because, 40 generations ago, some of his ancestors were in charge. His name is Aragorn, and he’s the good guy.
Game of Thrones is one thing, but this would be libel if Aragorn had been a real person. In reality, the character was profoundly reluctant to go south to Gondor and challenge the dynasty ruling it (whether they called themselves Stewards, or kings). He had zero interest in conquering anybody; it took the full-bore invasion of Gondor by the literal forces of Beelzebub* to make Aragorn intervene. I’d also say at this point that ‘if there was a scene of Gondorian/Rohirric forces slaughtering civilians I missed it,’ except that I distinctly remember the bit when the captured Dunlending troops were sent home and told ‘Stop invading us,’ to their absolute shock**.
Oh, and the things that Aragorn used to establish his legitimacy to rule started out with bringing a relief force made up of angry ghosts who everybody knew could only be commanded by the True King of Gondor, followed by acts of healing that could only be done by The True King of Gondor, and taking a force to the gates of Mordor in a clear suicide mission that might provide enough of a distraction to let the Ring-bearer succeed. After all of that the populace was happy to acclaim him king, particularly after Aragorn demonstrated via Faramir that the kingdom’s prerogatives and customs would be respected under the restored dynasty.
Oh, and Sauron destroyed his own damned nation; or more accurately, mass breeding pit and war-slave camp. That’s what happens when you get sloppy and sustain everything you build with your own life force AND create a power-boosting item that kills you when it gets destroyed. And although I feel as bad about what was originally done to the orcs as everybody else is in these more enlightened times; they weren’t exactly sympathetic characters in this series.
But I’ll give ‘traditional values,’ in the sense of ‘hey, wouldn’t it be awesome if people weren’t at war all the time and we could rebuild stuff?’ And I won’t actually bother to sit down and work out the genealogical tables for Aragon, because I’ve spent far too much ranting on this topic already. Suffice it to say: having neither read nor watched Game of Thrones, I am unaware if it’s an authoritarianism-a-looza (wouldn’t be surprised if it was). Stick to that line next time, dude. Don’t drag other IPs into it.
PS: Yes, I’m one of those persnickety and grumpy Tolkien fanatics. What’s it to you?
*Morgoth’s Satan; Sauron was one of his minions.
**Aragorn also, in his youth, snuck into Gondor under an assumed name and led a raid that burned a Umbarian pirate haven. Why didn’t he do it as Elessar? Because it would have caused friction with the current dynasty if he had.