Game of Thrones

If “R + L = J” Blew Your Mind, Just Watch These Insane ‘Game of Thrones’ Conspiracy Theory Videos

In the past couple of weeks, n00bs who haven’t been reading A Song of Ice and Fire (and talking about it on Internet forums) since 1997 took notice of a certain fan theory called “R+L=J.” Its thesis — that Jon Snow is actually Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen’s kid, not Ned Stark’s — is so well-supported that the theory’s about as controversial as saying Tyrion’s your favorite character. But as we pointed out a few months ago, “R + L = J” is just a tip of the speculative iceberg. An iceberg that’s also home to YouTube user Preston Jacobs, whose theories are among the most comprehensive I’ve seen to date. They’re also completely addictive, and also a little bit batshit. … Read More

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Why Can’t We Let a ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Move Past Her History in Porn?

When I was at a bar a couple of Sundays ago, I got to talking with a guy in front of me in the bathroom line. I don’t remember how we got on the subject — perhaps a little Game of Thrones versus Mad Men talk, maybe I joked about boobs and “sexposition” and fantasy — but he told me, “Game of Thrones gives a second chance to former porn stars.” Specifically, he mentioned that German actress Sibel Kekilli, who plays Shae, had been in porn. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 9 Recap: “The Watchers on the Wall”

Towards the beginning of “The Watchers on the Wall,” Sam Tarly distracts himself from the approaching horde of wildlings by picking apart the vow that gives the episode its title. Technically, he equivocates, the brothers of the Night’s Watch don’t have to stay celibate. They’re just not supposed to marry or have kids, and all the rest is “up to interpretation.” When six brothers are facing down a giant mere hours later, however, there’s no interpreting or qualifying the vow when it’s helping them stand up to a twenty-foot juggernaut. To put it in Maester Aemon’s terms, nothing gives previously empty words significance like the prospect of imminent death. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Is the Queerest Show on Television

I wasn’t much interested in Game of Thrones when it premiered; I had written it off very quickly as, basically, Lord of the Rings, but with more boobs and rape. Mere months before the fourth season premiered, however, when I was laid up in my apartment following an appendectomy, I decided to give it a shot. And, naturally, I immediately got hooked, as I have a thing for big-budget, multi-narrative, sexy soap operas. I don’t use that term as a pejorative; as soapy and ridiculous as Game of Thrones is (and it is very soapy and ridiculous), it’s a rare kind of mainstream genre show that brings a variety of gender and queer issues to the forefront, and they have become the most interesting aspects of the show. … Read More

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In Praise of ‘Game of Thrones” Prince Oberyn: A Genuine Bisexual on TV

Game of Thrones nerds like me fell in love with Prince Oberyn of Dorn pretty much as soon as he appeared onscreen at the start of this season. The Red Viper is a likable character for a bunch of reasons — his accent, his air of quiet menace, the fact that he may prove responsible for Tyrion’s continued existence — but even for non-Game of Thrones fans, he’s interesting from a critical point of view for one reason in particular: his exuberant bisexuality. This is a man who spends all his spare time in a local brothel, fucking both men and women with gusto and abandon. For all that Game of Thrones is a strange place to find progressive portrayals, Oberyn is that rarest of TV characters: a man whole falls right smack bang in the middle of the Kinsey scale. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: ‘Review’ in Review

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, Review ties up its first season and Veep hits the Best Coast.  … Read More

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Was It Rape? TV’s New Obsession With Sexual Consent, From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Breaking Bad’

“Get on all fours.” Those words mark a turning point for Adam Sackler, the main love interest on Girls. Directed at his new girlfriend Natalia in the penultimate episode of the show’s second season, they initiate the most uncomfortable sex scene of a series that’s built its name on uncomfortable sex scenes. Adam picks Natalia up and forcibly throws her onto his bed. Adam keeps going when Natalia objects that she hasn’t showered, and when she asks that he watch out for her dress. Adam doesn’t appear to care about Natalia’s obviously pained facial expressions. But did Adam rape Natalia? … Read More

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