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|Above: Cersei Lannister out-Fawkes-ing|
her political opponents. Also, sorry.
Spoiler alert: it didn't work. James I, the ermine-robe wearing boy detective, sussed out the plot, caught Fawkes and later his compatriots and had them all gruesomely executed because early modern English people were nuts for public horror shows.
|Above: an unrelated picture of the guy|
half the country is going to vote for
on Tuesday. Half. Holy shit.
Anyway, this celebration of the capture of history's biggest patsy grew into Bonfire Night aka Guy Fawkes Night and is celebrated throughout Britain by setting effigies of Guy Fawkes on fire because violence is not the way to affect political change. Except when it is. Fun fact: James' son Charles I would totally get overthrown and beheaded like forty years later. So like many of history's lessons, this one is kind of muddled. On the one hand, we should be appalled when people try to use violence to further their political agenda. On the other hand, that's loser talk. Winners fuck shit up when it doesn't go their way.