Game of Thrones

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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‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Reimagined as ’80s Movie Characters

Even though they live in a pseudo-Medieval time, many of the characters on Game of Thones have a pretty timeless style. That’s part of the reason why Tokyo-based artist Mike Wrobel’s fan art is so endearing. The other being, of course, the ’80s sensibility of Wrobel’s work, which appeals to our love for nostalgia. His collection of portraits, which reimagines the denizens of Westeros as characters from ’80s movies, is a bright anecdote to the sometimes dismal events that take place on Game of Thrones. Plus, Wrobel proves that Cersei would have been a hell of a lot of fun in 1986.  … Read More

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Yes, What Happened on ‘Game of Thrones’ Last Night Was Rape — So Why Doesn’t the Episode’s Director Understand That?

If you haven’t seen last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, spoilers abound, obviously, and you should stop reading right about… now.

If you have, you’ll most likely have logged onto the Internet this morning expecting to see a sea of think-pieces about the scene in last night’s episode where Jaime Lannister rapes his sister Cersei, right next to the dead body of their son. Even for the world of Game of Thrones, it was difficult to watch. There’s already been plenty of debate about the license the TV show took with its source material, and why. That’s a debate for forums and comment sections, but let’s be clear about one thing: that was rape we saw. … Read More

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How ‘Game of Thrones’ Book Fans Investigated Joffrey’s Murder

One could write several books, or at least media studies doctoral dissertations, on the differences between Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which it’s based. There are many, ranging from the insignificant (Theon’s sister has a different name) to the more substantial (the original Mrs. Robb Stark was a complete nonentity). Perhaps the most important, though, is the simple difference between the experiences of reading about 5000 pages of material at one’s own pace and watching a show. And there’s no better demonstration of that difference than the mystery of who killed Joffrey Baratheon, an event viewers have had just a few days to process but readers have been picking apart for the last 14 years. … Read More

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Farewell to the Most Memorably Punchable TV Villain of Our Time

At about 9:56 pm EST last night, Twitter exploded with approximately a bazillion people all tweeting something along the lines of “YESSSSS SUCK IT JOFFREY!!!1!11!!” It’s probably the greatest outpouring of TV-based schadenfreude since — well, since Jesse got his revenge on Todd in Breaking Bad, at least. Yes, not-at-all good King Joffrey finally got his comeuppance, getting poisoned at his own wedding and bleeding his last out through his eyeballs as the Internet whooped and cheered in delight. Sometimes, the bad guys do get what’s coming. … Read More

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The Ethics of Loyalty: ‘Game of Thrones” Startlingly Contemporary Moral Compass

The massive popularity of Game of Thrones is something of an outlier in the field of what we might call Quality TV. Much of the 21st-century television renaissance has involved shows that have, in various ways, held up a mirror to what’s going on in post-millennial America: it doesn’t take a genius to draw a line between the subprime mortgage fiasco and TV’s constant narrative theme of a trapdoor opening under an average, middle-class life (Breaking Bad, Weeds, Orange Is the New Black, innumerable zombie shows), while the rise and rise of the antihero seems to parallel a widespread sense of moral ambiguity, a feeling that the world isn’t as straightforward as it used to be. In this context, an epic sword-and-sorcery drama — one that is, let’s be honest, a giant soap opera with lots of death and inventive swearing — seems somewhat out of place. Why is it so popular? You might argue that it’s pure escapism, but I think the answer is more nuanced than that. … Read More

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The Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Conspiracy Theories

It’s no True Detective, but HBO’s other prestige genre show has enough insane twists and byzantine plots to fuel many an Internet K-hole. Add to that the thousands of pages’ worth of books with quintuple the red herrings, and there’s fodder for as many insane fan theories as there are fans. We’ve compiled the best Game of Thrones conspiracy theories, honed over years of frantic hype. Since there’s more material to work with, A Song of Ice and Fire theories count too, though we’ve only included the books that the series has already covered (halfway through A Storm of Swords, as if you nerds didn’t know that already). … Read More

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25 Great Movies That Get ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors Out of the Furs and Tunics

It may be almost over according to the calendar, but winter is coming again with Game of Thrones‘ Sunday-night return to HBO. To whet your appetite for Season 4 of George R. R. Martin’s epic about power, cold weather, flowing hair, dragons, and “sexposition,” we rounded up 25 of the best and weirdest movies featuring the Game of Thrones cast in slightly more modern-day situations. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Characters and Their Muppet Counterparts

Muppets Most Wanted hit theaters over the weekend, taking audiences on a world tour while the Muppets become embroiled in another crazy caper — this time involving a European jewel heist. The dastardly goings-on in the new movie have us jonesing for the backstabbing, betrayal, and bloody battles within the Seven Kingdoms of HBO’s Game of Thrones. With the premiere of Season 4 right around the corner, we couldn’t resist a little comparison between the Muppets family and the houses of… Read More

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