Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" is generally recognized as the greatest family story.  Family Business Academics have coined a term the "Fredo Effect" after Fredo Corleone, the loser, neer-do-well brother whose actions brings harm to his family.
Since Thrones and "The Godfather" are both set in family businesses, it follows that there are numerous similarities.  Check out the obvious and not so obvious and vote on The Great Family Business Drama.

 

General Structure

The Godfather – Five warring families try to dominate their world
Game of Thrones – Six warring families try to dominate their world

Throwing a Wedding

The Godfather – VIto Corleone holds court at Connie’s wedding
Walder Frey destroys the Starks’ court at Red wedding

Make Sure You Flush

The Godfather – Michael Corleone uses planted gun to kill Sollozzo and McCluskey
Tyrion  Lancaster murders his father as he sits on toliet

Fredo Effect

The Godfather – Fredo Corleone epitomizes the loser, neer-do-well brother whose actions brings harm to his family
Game of Thrones – Samwell Tarly tries to return to his family with not very pleasant results

Women Running Family Businesses

The Godfather – Kay Adams, Michael’s wife, has the door closed on her, signifying her lack of stature in the Family Business.
Game of Thrones – Danaerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, Yara Greyjoy and Lyanna Mormont’s leadership skills replicate women’s leadership in Family Owned Businesses

Non-Family Members Advisors

The Godfather – Tom Hagen, Consigliere, plays a key role in helping Corleone family survive difficult transition.
Game of Thrones – Qyburn’s advice helped Cersei survive and move into leadership position.

Working Outside the Business

Michael Corleone was a war hero before returning to the Family Business.
Game of Thrones – Jon Snow, joined the Night’s Watch and killed White Walkers before returning to Winterfell.

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