HBO is not okay with President Donald Trump using references from Game of Thrones for his political purposes.
President Trump drew from the hit fantasy series when announcing the impending reimposition of sanctions against Iran. The President tweeted out a picture of himself along with the phrase “Sanctions are Coming, November 5.” The picture uses a similar font to the one Game of Thrones uses for its advertising and paraphrases the show's famous “Winter is Coming."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO is not pleased with the post. “We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.” The official Twitter of the premium channel also later posted “How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?”
How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?— HBO (@HBO) November 2, 2018
Cast members of the series also expressed their displeasure with the tweet, including Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner (who play Arya and Sansa Stark, respectively). George R. R. Martin, who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire (the book series Game of Thrones is based on), replied to the President’s tweet with “#Vote”
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is expected to debut in the latter half of 2019, with six episodes, each running more than an hour.