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Admit it Guardianista Handwringers, You Love Game of Thrones For The Sex And Violence…Just Like The Rest Of Us

by | 10th, April 2014

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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: Admit it Guardianista handwringers, you love Game of Thrones for the sex and violence…just like the rest of us

THAT irritating rubbing noise you can hear is the handwringing from British TV reviewers who love their restarted weekly dose of Game of Thrones but must make sure to tell their readers how appalled they are by the objectification of women and the gratuitous violence. That they remain surprised that the fourth season of the show for which the neologism “sexposition” was coined hasn’t suddenly converted to Guardian approved chin-stroking and Nordic knitwear covered leads is a little baffling.

While Game of Thrones has its unfair share of scenes set in brothels Season 4’s opening episode included a memorable sequence introducing the omnisexual Prince Oberyn it also has more strong female characters than most shows set in our modern reality. Two generations of Martell women the imperious Diana Rigg as Olenna, The Queen of Thorns, and Natalie Dormer as the subtly effective Margaery are running rings around the men of King’s Landing. Meanwhile, the towering Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth is one of the most striking characters on television and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys gets ever more commanding.

Best of all and, perhaps most disturbing for the hand-wringers, Maisie Williams’ performance as Arya Stark gets more steely with every passing episode…literally. In the Season 4 curtain raiser, Two Swords, the second blade after Jamie Lannister’s new weapon Oath Keeper was Arya’s sword Needle. Reunited with it in the midst of a tavern brawl, she killed two men, finally pushing it up through the neck of the sell-sword who stole it from her. Arya has been out for vengeance ever since she turned Jaqen H’ghar on her foes in Season 2 but now she’s doing the killing herself.

Complaining that the world of Game of Thrones is rife with sexism, violence and death is like moaning that

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