Game of Thrones has built up a huge fanbase ever since its first season premiere on April 17, 2011. The show is based on the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. It is a fantasy, drama serial created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It continues building up a fan base even though it is in its sixth season right now. The Game of Thrones fandom is one of the largest fandoms with new discussions, theories, and memes being generated on a daily basis all over.
So what is Game of Thrones all about? It is set in the fictional land of Westeros and Essos. It is ruled by the ruler sitting on the Iron Throne who is currently from the House Baratheon. While many families try to gain independence from the throne, much more want to claim it. “The Sopranos in Middle-earth” is the tagline that the creator of the show, David Benioff jokingly suggested for Game of Thrones, referring to its intrigue-filled plot and dark tone combined with a fantasy setting that incorporates some magic and dragons.
The show contains a lot of violence and sex. It has come under a lot of criticism for the same. The show is famous for all the sexually explicit scenes. It contains a lot of rape, sex and sexual relations between siblings. According to Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times wrote that critics fear that “rape has become so pervasive in the drama that it is almost background noise: a routine and un-shocking occurrence.” The show has had many scenes which have triggered mass discussions and also angered many. One such scene was in the in the fourth season’s episode “Breaker of Chains”, in which Jaime Lannister rapes his sister and former lover, Cersei. The rape, however, became consensual in the end. George R. R. Martin responded that rape and sexual violence are common in war and that removing them from the narrative would have undermined one of his novels’ themes that “the true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and Dark Lords, but from ourselves.”
The show has shown rape in other episodes too like for example in the first season; Khal Drogo rapes his newly married wife, Daenerys Targaryen. However, this scene was described as consensual in the source novel. The show also shows sexual relations between siblings Jaime Lannister and his sister, Cersei.
Though, the show keeps getting a lot of criticism for its sexist content and torture scenes, much debates that it is a brilliant way to demonstrate sexism. The show despite all the rapes, sexual violence, torture and violence is still gaining a lot of attention and fans due to the interesting story line and will continue to do so.