A South China Morning Post editorial is gaining a lot of attention for its tongue in cheek approach to US President Donald Trump’s threat of nuclear war against North Korea. Instead of dwelling on the political pros and cons of what the act would entail, the publications chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo seemed to be more concerned that the war might interrupt the momentum of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Penultimate Season

In his cleverly written opinion piece, Lhatoo did not discount the ramifications of Trump's statement against North Korea. After all, the US President did threaten to unleash “fire, fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before” on North Korea.

Lhatoo discussed the possible consequences of Trump’s position on North and South Koreans, the Japanese and even Americans who may become collateral damage should the two countries embark on an all-out nuclear war. However, Lhatoo said the back and forth between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could not have come at a worse time as it is now midpoint in the penultimate season of Game of Thrones.

In the last episode “The Spoils of War,” Daenerys led a charge of her dragon Drogon, and Dothraki bloodriders in one of the best raids staged in “Game of Thornes” history. In what is now called the “loot train attack,” Dany unleashed the force of her army and the strength of her dragon as they decimated the loot from High Garden on its way to King’s Landing.

The episode left plenty of interesting cliffhangers – whether Jon Snow did bend the knee to Daenerys to secure her help in fighting the White Walkers, and whether Jamie Lannister died from the force of Drogon’s attack.

Keep George RR Martin safe

Lhatoo said that one of the most important things in this talk of nuclear attack is to keep George RR Martin safe and hidden in the bunker so he could complete the remainder of his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.

“Hence it is imperative to bury this man in a bunker, where no mother of bombs can find him while he completes his unputdownable tale about the mother of dragons,” Lhatoo said. “Or freeze him cryogenically and thaw him out to continue writing when this impending winter is over.”

It can be recalled that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has overtaken the events of the George RR Martin’s books since last year when he failed to release “Winds of Winter” on time.

Winds of Winter” was supposed to be the sixth book in the series and still remains unreleased to this date. While Martin reportedly endorsed to showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss his vision of how the series will end, it remains to be seen if the show will not deviate from Martin’s plans. Audiences will have no way of knowing until Martin finishes “Winds of Winter” and the final book “A Dream of Spring” which may take years to come out.