What Might Actually Kill Everyone on Game of Thrones (And On Earth)
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"It's not the fighting that kills most people," Bronn told Tyrion back in Season 2. "It's the starving. Food's worth more than gold."
In this instance, Bronn was talking about the real toll of war - and war seems to be where the show is heading.
Between a war among the Seven Kingdoms, the inevitable war with the white walkers, and the coming winter, which promises to be long, a lack of food may be the real threat that no one on the show wants to talk about.
For a show that remains pretty realistic despite its fantastical storyline, it's surprising that such a universal problem is hardly mentioned.
In the North, the threat of starvation is very real, and not very new.
In Season 3, Sansa and Maester Wolkan discussed the possibility of food running out in Winterfell.
The 4,000 bushels of food Wolkan tells Sansa about are enough to feed the castle's inhabitants for a year. And with the likelihood of war, soldiers would need to be fed as well.
But the North isn't the only part of Westeros in trouble.
After Daenerys' siege on the Lannister fleets, pretty much all of the food stores in King's Landing were burned. Now Cersei and the rest of King's Landing likely don't have enough food for themselves, not to mention for the armies that will be housed in the city for the upcoming battles.
But the scary thing is, this is not just a problem in Westeros. Weiss and Benioff keep their show based primarily in aspects of realism, and the threat of starvation is unfortunately one of those aspects.
In fact, food production will have to rise 60% by the year 2050 if we want to feed the growing population.
Our world may be more similar to Westeros than we think.