So. It’s been a bit, but I’m packing a new Game of Thrones post. I had wanted to write another sooner, but I figured it would be easier and fairer to wait until the Season Finale. It’s not fair to declare a TV series racist, sexist, or homophobic until it’s given you all it can. And, well, Game of Thrones Season 4 has given us all it can.
Harken ye, thy mighty few – there be spoilers ahead.
Sexuality is very present thing in George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” universe. It’s a necessary reality of a book series that is so obsessed with a realistic representation of a world at least tangentially related to the British “War of the Roses.” Martin has repeatedly suggested this idea, and I completely agree. You cannot have a series on war and subjugation and somehow have sex be absent. However, as I’m going to outline below, the writers of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” series have taken that idea and ran much too far with it. They took what was a very real part of the ASOIAF universe and made a mockery of it – all in a futile attempt to really, really get us to hate King Joffery I of the Houses Baratheon and Lannister, the First of his Name.