One of my favorite authors, Yuval Noah Harari, looks at the world-renowned series from a power perspective and offers some interesting insights.
Before watching the final episodes, I cherished the hope that perhaps the dragons and zombies would just kill each other off, and leave Cersei Lannister on the Iron Throne, where she could use her mastery of politics, finance, and science to usher in a new golden age for the Seven Kingdoms. Yes, I know Cersei is the arch-villain. But as a historian, I respect the fact that she has continuously offered realistic solutions to realistic problems, while all the others tended either to offer otherworldly solutions to realistic problems, or to ignore the realistic problems altogether (Daenerys Targaryen, to take one obvious example, was unable to keep the peace in a single city without repeated help from dragons). In addition, it was never quite clear what made Cersei so evil. She is self-centered and personally obnoxious, and she betrayed and murdered many aristocrats and rival politicians, but what atrocities did she commit against innocent civilians?