A few months ago I was sick and spent 12 hours watching the entire first season of Game of Thrones. I went in with pretty high expectations and came away disappointed. Now that the second season has premiered I’ve decided to go back expand on my thoughts. I expect most people to disagree with me but I went in expecting top tier television. Expectations can be a terrible thing, but Game of Thrones does not compare to The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Homeland in my opinion. I truly respect what they’re able to pull off with a television budget and it’s definitely well made. There are some really great moments, but I have a really big problem with this show that really doesn’t allow me to connect with it. Game of Thrones constantly objectifies women.
Maybe you think, “He’s being too serious about a fantasy TV show,” but the way people are represented within the media is an incredible important factor when it comes to the way I watch any kind of media. Maybe you’ll argue, “The show is just a representation of the time.” It’s a valid argument. The problem is the naked women all over this show are meant to titillate, not critique. I don’t think a scene from season 1, where two prostitutes spend the entire scene getting each other off, moaning and breathing, until their loud climax is meant to critique anything about the way men treated women. It’s sexy though right? I don’t really get what the show is trying to say about women because the show actually has many strong female characters. Daenerys Targaryen and Arya Stark are by far my favorite characters. Daenerys is a great character but her story is full of misogyny. She falls head over heels for the man who buys and rapes her. Then seeks advice from other women when she wants to improve her skills in the bedroom because that’s the only way to gain his respect. Blah. And Arya is still a girl. Why can’t a full grown woman rebel against her predetermined gender roles? It almost feels like the show is implying women are either whores or strong, but even the strong women need men or dragons. And we all know dragons don’t exist in the real world.