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It might not have escaped your attention that the final season of the epic fantasy saga, Game of Thrones, is about to begin on April 14th. If you’re not a fan, you’re likely to see fervent fans of the show huddled in corners, discussing dragons, the iron throne and which characters will inevitably be killed next.

To celebrate season 8 finally hitting our screens after a two year wait, we’ve revisited our study into the economy of Westeros, delving into one of the most interesting and detailed aspects of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones universe.

If you’ve watched the show or read the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ book series, you’ll be well aware that money equals power, and a Lannister always pays his debts. While this sounds relatively straightforward, there are lots of moving parts at work. From taxes and trade to national debt, the financial intricacies of Westeros may surprise even the most avid fan.

So, without further ado, let’s delve into the economy of Game of Thrones to find out how it works, who is benefitting and what issues it causes for the people who aren’t sitting on piles of gold.

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