I doubt that there's any grown adult on the planet, who doesn't consider their government to be full of self-serving lunatics.
But when those world leaders are immortal and cannot be voted out of office, that view becomes especially true. What do they have to occupy their time? Other than engaging in petty war against each other, or adding to their own fortunes?
The third season of True Blood explores the question of power and authority. Time and time again, we are reminded that individuals rule only with the mandate of the people.
It doesn't even have to be a democracy for this to be true. Revolutions can and do happen. Trusted advisers might pursue their own agendas. Fealties can shift and undermine everything.
Questions of where true power and authority reside run like a seam through True Blood's third season. However this is an Alan Ball script, based on a Charlaine Harris story. It's all much more complex than mere warring monarchies. Governance has so many more forms than that!
There's the power residing in parents over their children, or employers over their staff. Spouses demand respect and compromises in a marriage. There's the authority invested in law and order, and the politicians who write legislation. Publicity and the media can sway opinion on a massive scale. Peer pressure crushes into us the power of conformity. In even darker hues, a psychopath commands absolute dominion over their victims. The alpha males and females force submission through threats, violence and sheer personality. Love and drugs can direct through addiction.
Given that vampires are involved, the maker can issue orders, which cannot be refused. And blood-feuds can last a millennium.
Then there's the hunt. The pack pursuing a single prey, who may escape only if it's swift or ingenious enough. But what if the hounds were werewolves? Or other were-creatures? What chance does the hunted have then?
True Blood goes all out in this season on such themes. Shakespeare wrote, 'uneasy lies the head that wears a crown'. This series explains why, not just for human society, but for vampires and other supernaturals too.