The Greatest Show on Television
Game of Thrones is without a doubt, the greatest show on television today. I’m asking you now to forget what ever you've heard about this show because I'm going to tell you the truth, and nothing but.
Let's get the elephant out of the room and talk about the sex. Game of Thrones has sex in it. It’s there and it’s prominent – with about one in three episodes containing a nudity warning before the episode (all episodes are prefaced with content warnings based on the episode, despite what other reviews have said). However, sex is nothing that your 14 year old son or daughter has not already seen on the internet, heard about at lunch, or learned about in class - trust me. You know that popular song ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke that you and your kid can’t stop singing? Well, that’s about date rape.
When watching Game of Thrones, it’s important that the viewer is able to separate right from wrong and good from bad. Sexual violence is seen in the show along with incest and rape. In fact, several plot points revolve around this. But as long as you are mature enough to realize that television is not real - even news is dramatized - and that the people you see on the screen are actors, no harm can come from watching.
George R.R. Martin, the writer of the series of books the show is based upon, has said this about the topic: "I can describe an axe entering a human skull in great explicit detail and no one will blink twice at it. I provide a similar description, just as detailed, of a penis entering a vagina, and I get letters about it and people swearing off."
Another issue is the violence. Yes, it is true that almost every episode is accompanied by a violence warning, and yes, it’s true that there are times when I think to myself, “Now that’s messed up.” However, if you are really considering watching Game of Thrones, do not tell me you are unaware of the violence in the show. It’s the best show on television because of it’s realism, complex characters, and intricate plot, not because it spares expenses. Once again; however, it’s all about knowing what you are able for, knowing that it’s fake, and being mature about the show’s content.
Briefly, the language in Game of Thrones is no worse than anything that can be found on YouTube and in school halls. You are aware of these words along with your 14 year old child who is not only aware, but probably frequently says more than 50% of these words. Also, drinking is no more prominent than anything you would see at a restaurant or bar when going out for dinner.
After stripping away all the sex, the violence, the language, and the drinking, you reach Game of Throne’s core. And what you find there is a political thriller and nothing but. It’s a political thriller with incredibly complex characters, intricate plot, and masterful writing and directing. This show deserves every single ounce of praise it receives and about 20% of the criticism. Like any controversial issue, it will be okay in ten years. Why miss out now?
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking