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Of all the successes HBO has enjoyed with its hour-long dramas, “Game of Thrones” is perhaps the most surprising. Who could have foreseen that fantasy, a genre that suppresses the horrors of middle school by escaping into the womb of Middle Earth, would emerge as the ratings champion of premium cable?


Ask yourself this: Is it worth devoting 60 hours of your life to a TV show that features a talking three-eyed raven? The third eye provides said raven the ability to deliver such gems as, “The strongest trees are rooted in the dark places of the earth. Darkness will be your cloak, your shield, your mother's milk. Darkness will make you strong.”


Why are fans of fantasy so obsessed with memorizing complex family trees and mapping imaginary realms? Why do Trekkies go nuts if a Romulan appears someplace a Romulan should not yet appear? No doubt child psychologists would attribute this impulse to adolescent mastery. When confronted with the terrors, mysteries and near certain humiliations looming in high school, the ability to locate every turbo-lift on the Enterprise can be a great comfort. The trouble is that attachment to fantasy, superheroes and shoot'em up science-fiction no longer ends at graduation.


Hollywood has been working a long time to herd everyone toward the more predictable tastes of a 14-year-old boy — “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Lord of the Rings,”“Harry Potter” and the ongoing plague of super-fantastic-avenging-iron-bat-X-people-movies. “Thrones” only assists Hollywood in further emulating the corporate strategies of Coke and Camel — hook kids when they are young and trap them in a lifetime of addictive regression.


Popular culture was meant to be momentarily distracting and entirely disposable, not a cult handed down from parent to child to grandchild and beyond. We already live in a world where there's a company making “Star Trek” diapers and another making “Star Trek” coffins. How many more generations must we lose to this nonsense?


No, what we really need are more TV shows about zombies. Unlike fantasy, zombie shows actually provide a valuable public service.


Most of us recognize the high probability that a radioactive asteroid or a germ-soaked lab monkey will one day plunge the earth into the chaos of the undead. When that day comes, wizards and warlocks won't save us,nor should we want them to. It's the 21st century, after all. God willing, humans will never again live in awe of kings, mythical beasts or Oxbridge accents.


Zombie television teaches audiences the practical skills that will be needed if and when modern civilization actually evaporates. When the brain-sucking ghouls are at our doors, Thronies can invoke their spells,amulets and meaningless appeals to feudal honor. Viewers of zombie fare, meanwhile,will know how to siphon gasoline, make a Molotov cocktail and effectively herd the undead toward a giant pit of quicksand.


On the off chance that winter is coming,daydreaming about Puff the Magic Dragon will not help you. But knowing how to loot a zombie-infested supermarket just might save your life.


Plan your viewing accordingly.