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Freux wrote

The books aren't that great on the matter either but the show take it to a whole another level since the beginning. Season 2 was when it got worst to the point of killing important women for no reason. Even Neil Marshall that directed on an episode in season 2 mentionned how much the producer were pieces of shit.

To go back to book's author, he's friendly with some quite shitty people but that's another story.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

I speak for the TV series on HBO, I have no knowledge of the GoT novels' relationship with gender politics or fascism. I am, however, inclined to give the author a bit of credit, because they explained the reason why they kill off so many characters as part of a committment to a realistic portrayal of war, which does not romanticize or gloss over how cruel and brutal it is by refusing to portray the death of major characters as an integral part of war narrative. That, as a literary decision, is commendable in an era of western history that has been dominated by an invisible "forever war", and is actually a radical position to take in that context, imo.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

The western chauvanists, they fetishize medieval Europe and its old hierarchies. They are even worse than the liberal centrists, valorizing the Napoleonic era's illusions of meritocracy. Game of Thrones is an insidious propaganda, taking liberals who are enthralled with the vague idea of fantasy due to the mainstream success of more radical fantasy writers, the explosion of tabletop culture, and the film adapations of graphic novels, but who have no actual articulate political ideology-- and subtly encouraging their latent fascist tendencies, imbued in them from the dominant culture, and slowly inching them towards a more authoritarian and violent form of politics. If you consume enough of a type of media, to a certain extent it will transform your point of view, and even behavior/relationships, especially if you aren't aware that it is doing so.

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