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Painful lessons from Monday’s intensity 7 midterm elections may perhaps be summed up in a few words: winter is coming.

A true Game of Thrones fan would know the meaning of the words’ foreboding.

In that unprecedented hit of an original series, the phrase is a warning of dire consequences should one not pay attention and take the proper action. In the story, it means that the Whitewalkers or undead beings would defeat the living if the people do not unite to fight it together.

Through several seasons of Game of Thrones, viewers were taken through a rollercoaster ride of clan wars, family wranglings, bloodbaths and betrayals, power grabs, murders, madness and mayhem.

Millions of viewers from all over the world could relate to it, big time. It just goes to show what kind of world we live in.

The fight for the Iron Throne, whether by right or by force, has been a long, hard road (and it ends on Monday, the season finale). It had been much the same as every election season in the Philippines (which ends this week).

This early, results have come rolling in. From this angle, it looks like many of the victors are new to the political game or much younger than their contenders.

It seems we are seeing an overhaul of the system — something no one quite expected.

In the Philippines, where rare is the unopposed candidate, and rarer still those who concede defeat, it has been very surprising to see challengers of dynastic giants, as well as more pugnacity among some high-profile personalities. If candidates weren’t playing nice, they could be downright mean. Consider the “good one” versus the “real one,” or the vile spat between brother and sister in a place of worship.

All par for the course, we say. But that didn’t make it any less uncomfortable.

In the aftermath of Monday’s derby, there were those who were overtaken by the younger candidates, and those who lost their hold to power after many decades. There were those who stood a good chance, but lost because of personal skirmishes. Then, of course, family members winning together like the tandem of incumbent Imelda Aguilar and daughter April, now mayor and vice mayor of Las Piñas City.

Meanwhile, Francis Zamora toppled the 50-year Estrada clan reign in San Juan, while his father Ronaldo Zamora won as San Juan City representative, beating celebrity Edu Manzano. Some ask, though: does this mean the Zamoras will have their 50-year turn, too?

A young gun, Vico Sotto, the actor Vic Sotto’s son with Coney Reyes, cut the Eusebios’ power in Pasig. In Quezon City, Joy Belmonte and running mate Gian Sotto of the Sotto clan won their seats.

And among the most talked about, Isko Moreno took Manila this time around, ending Erap’s dream of bringing back the glory of the capital city.

In Makati, former vice president Jejomar Binay, whose defective ballot may have been a bad omen, lost his congressional bid to Kid Peña.

Notably, the defeat of the Estradas and Binays in the electoral race made people sit up and take notice. It was unthinkable in the past that people with such well-known last names would lose to anyone, considering an electorate that we constantly accuse of never thinking properly.

Does this mean, then, that winter had come to these former kingdoms? Does it mean that many people had somehow become united in one thought — to give others a chance, to see what else is possible?

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