Business isn’t inherently bloodthirsty, even if capitalism holds a special place in its heart for those willing to sacrifice it all to be the best, but it is inherently competitive. So when looking for business tips, why not look to a show with one of the most dangerous, brutal and complex competitions at its core? George R.R. Martin sure has been milking it for a while. Whether you’re instigating a hostile takeover or simply working to keep your small business afloat, the nation-building battle for power at the heart of HBO’s powerhouse fantasy series Game of Thrones has something to teach.
Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones ahead
Here are just a few lessons from A Song of Ice and Fire’s many verses to absorb before the show returns for its eighth and final season in April 2019: