Ghasem Soleimany, a major general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, has published his own Game of Thrones-style response to an earlier tweet by Trump, where the US president wrote "sanctions are coming." In his post on Instagram, Soleimany is shown in front of a background typical of HBO's promotional posters for the popular TV show, with a caption reading "I will stand against you." The "poster" was made by another Instagram user with the handle Chafye_com.
In the caption below the photo, Soleimany warned Trump against confrontation with Iran, noting that the latter is prepared for it.
A day earlier, Trump posted a meme on his Twitter account with a caption stylized after the iconic phrase from the TV series Game of Thrones- "Sanctions are coming November 5." The use of the style of the series' promotional posters for a political message was not met warmly by its creators, HBO, which requested that the show not be used in politics.
The emerging "meme war" caught social media users' attention. Many of them actually praised this development in the US-Iran confrontation.
Very excited that this phase has arrived— Keith Harris (@Keithharris76) November 2, 2018
This is getting good. Lol— Chuck E (@chuckfla21) November 2, 2018
Some noted that a meme exchange is better than a missile exchange.
Better a meme than a missile I suppose 🤷🏼♂️— Paul Claydon (@Mr_Claydon) November 2, 2018
Others started cracking jokes about the famous show getting another season, despite previous announcements that the eighth would be the last.
Game of Thrones has been renewed for its ninth season, despite a clear budget cut on the cast. pic.twitter.com/9W3zR396aP— Danny Makki (@Dannymakkisyria) November 3, 2018
Several Twitterians wrote that the recent events finally convinced them to watch the show.
However, not everyone was happy political and military figures of the two states resorting to "meme wars," noting that real human lives are at stake.
I can’t get over meme wars. This isn’t a game or fictional show— Zehra Zaidi (@Zehra_Zaidi) November 3, 2018
The exchange on social media between Tehran and Washington comes just days ahead of the US reintroduction of sanctions against Iran. On November 5, all sanctions against Iran's energy, banking, and shipping sectors of the economy, which were previously lifted under the JCPOA, or Iran nuclear deal, will again take effect.