John Gresser: HBO’s Game of Thrones is utterly repulsive

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People in Moscow prepare to watch the final episode of Game of Thrones at RZD Arena. Photo: CNS photo/Maxim Shemetov, Reuters
People in Moscow prepare to watch the final episode of Game of Thrones at RZD Arena. Photo: CNS photo/Maxim Shemetov, Reuters

By John Gresser

When the Game of Thrones phenomenon got underway, I was ready for awesome writing, elves, battles as well as HBO’s usual adult content – Sex, Language and Violence.

But there was word around that this dimension was pretty extreme.

I stopped reading the IMDb Parents Guide online after it described how two female characters were forced to perform a lesbian sex act and then start beating each other to death with chains.

When reading the Parents Guide starts feeling more like an occasion of sin, you know you’re in trouble. But can’t we just skip these bits? Isn’t the drama worth it? Or are these scenes essential to the story?

Then there were comments made by one of the actors from the show, Jason Momoa, reported by the Guardian.

“But as far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that genre because there are so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women,” he said. Fellow cast members, including Lena Headey, looked embarrassed while the crowd laughed.

Momoa spoke further on the subject of rape in an interview with the New York Post. “Yeah, I’m raping Emillia [Clarke]” he said.

“I love her, but I’m hurting her and she’s crying. We could have made it longer, but you get the idea. I’m not a rapist. I prefer my women to enjoy sex.”

He later apologised for the comments. But did the crowd apologise for laughing?
What effect does acting these scenes have on the actors?

And what effect does it have on society? At the very least, further desensitisation to adultery, incest, rape and other sexual violence.

What’s next? After watching this, where will they get the next viewing ‘high?’ And at what cost?