To call Game of Thrones a phenomenon would be something of an understatement. Shortly after it premiered in 2011 it became the most talked about show on TV, breaking its genre trappings and going on to spark a mainstream interest and acceptance of fantasy and the fandom that comes with it. The show has become something of a gateway drug, sending the previously suspicious in search of George RR Martin’s original novels and giving them a taste of a subculture they never imaged they could enjoy so much.

Game of Thrones was able to overcome long standing prejudices against fantasy by approaching the problem with a certain amount of grit. The political drama blends seamlessly with the supernatural elements of the show, and the darker scenes tend to be sandwiched with just the right amount of levity. Writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss knew that, if they got it right, the audiences would warm to the idea of dragons, and get it right they did.

At least, that’s the common consensus. A show that tackles such sensitive subject matters will never be without it detractors, however, and Game of Thrones tackles hard. Torture, incest, rape, that’s every other day in Westeros, and not everybody has got the stomach for it.

The list of reasons for people to boycott Game of Thrones seems to grow with every season – here are the 8 biggest criticisms of the show and why they are wrong…

8. Too Much Sex And Nudity

The Criticism:

Game of Thrones has always been, and always will be a show that you should never watch with your parents. Screenwriters Benioff and Weiss have never been afraid to bring George RR Martin’s most graphic sex scenes to the screen in all their explicit glory, and even if they are not in use you can still expect to see a good amount of sexual organs on display.

People who find indiscreet sex a problem will no doubt have stopped watching after the first episode, though even those of a more liberal disposition have been shocked by the levels of sexual deviancy in Game of Thrones. Critics of HBO’s adaptation claim that the author does not use sex pornographically as the show tends to do, but as a means of character or plot development that is not meant to be dwelt on, only used to progress the story.

Why It’s Wrong:

The fact of the matter is that Martin’s saga is set in a fictional version of real Medieval Europe, where a casual attitude towards sex was the norm. Prostitution was rife, and it was a profitable enterprise, despite opposition from religious leaders and noblemen, who would punish those they believed to be sexually promiscuous. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

One recorded story from the 13th century that could fit right into Game of Thrones is the one of King Philip of France, who had a number of his Knights publicly disemboweled after he discovered they had been intimate with his daughters. HBO are simply using the source material to create a world they believe to be a true representation of the one Martin envisaged.

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