Why aren’t there people of color in Game of Thrones?

As an old D&D player and fantasy nut I tried to get into Game of Thrones, I really did. I read the first book and it was very good, much better than the usual derivative fantasy muck that I ceased reading in my late teens. But the second book labored so much under the weight of its own epicness that I only managed to make it halfway through.

Then there is the television series of the books. I purchased the first 3 series in a store deal a few years ago. I made it all the way to the end of the first series but it never really captured my attention. I watched the episodes gradually over time but I wasn’t drawn to them in any real way. I got a couple of episodes into the second series and then I abandoned it and the disks have been sitting untouched in their cases ever since. It just does not interest me.

Recently I reread The Lord of the Rings and loved it. I also watched the original Conan the Barbarian the other day and it is just a fantastic movie. I’ll have to dig around online and see if i can find the score. So it’s not the fantasy genre that is the problem that I have with GoT. It’s GoT itself.

I was thrilled when I began reading the series and got to the part where the two incestuous lovers killed the cute little kid who discovered them. This is literally the beginning of the first book, but it went downhill for me from there. After that riveting and original opening, (at least, riveting for fantasy; Shakespeare wouldn’t even have raised an eyebrow), it settled into a regular fantasy-fest with just a bit more depth to the political aspects than other books of its trope.

So I have watched the all conquering rise of the television series across all social idioms with bemusement mixed with an understanding that this is what you get when people stop going to Church and worshiping God.  Take for instance this scene of a bar that was screening the beginning of the new series for its waiting and most expectant fans.

That is not normal behavior. It would be abnormal for the arrival of a decent pope, let alone a television show. I wonder for their collective mental health when the series ends and they have no way to bond anymore.

But it is not just the lack of religion that causes people to collectively seek their identity in a false idol in this way. As far as I can tell that entire bar, including the staff, is white. Game of Thrones really is a white thing. Because it’s not just a religious identity that people today are lacking; they also lack a sense of identity in their racial community, at least if they are white. Because we are continually told that white people are intrinsically bad and that whiteness is ‘problematic’, these people are forced to celebrate their heritage through a white fantasy world.

Roissy has noticed this as well:

This is a form of mass hysteria or mass narcissistic delusion. Individual humans have surrendered their personalities and thoughts to the Hivemind, for the dopaminergic tingle of seeing themselves reflected in a million other like-minded simulacra through the ritualistic viewing of dumb escapist fantasy.

This is the effluvia of both globalism and escape from globalism. These benighted creaturas shrieking and jizzing over a Dungeons & Dragons campaign (with less depth) are the unwitting meat nuggets tossed into the Globohomo maw, desperately trying to escape Globohomo though its digestive tract.

And part of the escapist lure of GOT is the nearly all-White leading cast, a welcome respite from the Diversitopia reality, which these bar room lards would never admit was one of the draws of the show for them.

Roissy links another barroom viewing of the latest episode and the reactions of the viewers to what they are watching.

The women are all undoubtedly feminist SJW mouth breathers while the men are your neck-beard enablers that want ‘more women in STEM’. And they are losing their collective minds that the little girl in the story manages to kill the big bad baddie.

You spend your days shuttling back and forth to your paper pushing job that generates exactly zero productive benefit for society whilst being surrounded en masse by people who hate you and are well on their way to replacing you while you loudly articulate your support for all things globalist and immigration and degenerate so you can still believe that you are good.

Only in the dark of the evening in a bar with your own kind can you dream that you are all actually part of something that you must not ever vocalise for fear of banishment from the few remaining of your own kind. And even then as a man you must continue to celebrate the powerful waif female who in real life would have had her head chopped off without a second thought from the supposed baddie. You go girl.

Game of Thrones tapped into a white zeitgeist without knowing it, and more importantly without the fans themselves realising it. There are no demands from the hysterical SJW Game of Thrones fans for more ‘people of color’ to be in the series. If you suggested such a thing it might well cause their brain synapses to melt down.

Now that’s a thought.

 

 

10 thoughts on “Why aren’t there people of color in Game of Thrones?

  1. Thank you for mentioning this. I, too, am awestruck in the idea that we have adopted cult like attraction to things in our lives. Meanwhile, we b*tch about our lives or that we lack (x).
    I hate the fact that I am surrounded by people that have a wanting for something more in their lives but have a religious zeal for things that don’t bring them anything meaningful, (try American college football or The Walking Dead).
    We need to start living again. No wonder no one gets laid or loves anymore.

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  2. Allen

    Don’t forget the rape scenes, not a word out of them. I gave up on the books, it just became a blizzard of heraldic bullshit, instead of telling a story.

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  3. TechieDude

    I think at issue here is white people don’t think about their color. At least most of us don’t. We tend to go more towards culture. Specifically, culture from our ancestors. – Irish, German, Italian, whatnot. It’s part of ‘privilege’ that this is never on our mind.

    It’s the vibrants that need, what seems like, constant affirmation. And speaking of vibrancy, this ground was covered in the Bell curve, among many, many others. It’s IQ to some extent. I don’t think I know a vibrant person that has read anything heavier than a magazine, let alone invest a few hundred pages of reading to build up characters and plot.

    I’ve never bothered with the books or series. It seemed to me that the author was just winging it. And like Allen mentioned, What I’ve seen mostly is the rape scenes, which lead to believe it was nothing but a service flick (series) for nerds and misfits.

    They’ll show up eventually. When all is done, and hollywood starts milking the story for every conceivable nickel, usually in the form of ‘made for TV’, you’ll see the brothers and sisters appear.

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  4. Al Jahom

    I think fundamentally there’s nothing new under the sun.

    Mass media has enabled these things to supplant religion, and they are much easier to glom onto than the commitment required of religion.

    Look at religion as just another banner under which people have periodically communed and marched.. it just happens to have greater moral utility (and indeed utility to power-brokers) than most other things but in a crowded marketplace of easy, ephemeral ideas for passive consumption, anything that requires such a level of commitment as religion has become a much tougher sell.

    Fanatical devotion to football teams, film stars, rock stars and other cultural phenomena is a much easier way to be a member of whichever in-group is flavour of the week with ‘people like them’.

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  5. ScotchedEarth

    Wrt GoT and LotR, once came across what I thought was an excellent comment underneath a youtube vid:

    George R. R. Martin avoided Vietnam by being granted conscientious objector status in 1970. J. R. R. Tolkien left his ivory tower when called and served in the monstrous hell that was the Battle of the Somme—WWI trench warfare being a strong contender for the dubious title of most horrific condition of war ever endured by man. The Somme had 60,000 British casualties in its first day alone… Flooded trenches often at or below sea level, prone to having shit, body parts, and blood washing around a soldier’s trenchcoat. This is not fanciful. Survivors wrote of it. Artillery shells might or might not end you—you had no say in the matter. Rats ate the bodies in No Man’s Land. But Tolkien came out of it writing a tale of nobility and grandeur, while Martin—who avoided it—has written of squalor.

    Dr Anthony Daniels (the pseudonymous Theodore Dalrymple, the retired NHS and HMP psychiatrist) made a similar point, contrasting a random crime novel from 1931 with that of a modern author, Ian Rankin.

    Nowadays … we prefer the crude, brutal, and arbitrary, as being more real, more genuine, than the subtle, the feline, and the meaningful. In the name of sophistication, we like the primitive: though the problem with our nostalgie de la boue is that, eventually, it submerges us all in real, genuine boue.

    The impoverishment and debasement of the language [Rankin] uses faithfully reflects the impoverishment and debasement of his intellectual, emotional, and ethical world.

    Lest anyone should think that not to adopt the excremental philosophy is a manifestation of a lack of acquaintance with the horror of life, I should point out that Anthony Berkeley Cox [the 1931 novel’s author] was gassed in the trenches during the Great War and never recovered his health. Ian Rankin was born in 1960, and it is therefore unlikely that he could ever have experienced anything remotely comparable in horror to being gassed in the trenches, certainly nothing that he did not seek out for himself. Thus the excremental philosophy is chosen, not imposed upon us by the nature of existence.

    ((2003) The anatomy of murder. New Criterion, 21(6)

    A 1991 novel, Flicker by Theodore Roszak made me ponder just how much moral poison was being presented to us in media—and not in the sense of subtly insinuating a political message with the hope of changing views, but being only exercises in demoralisation. Roszak was simply writing a novel but nonetheless parts of the plot seem to reflect reality; e.g. as the book’s protagonist says, replying to being asked why the latest filmic exercise in nihilism will be successful:

    “Wrong question. … These days we ask, ‘Why not?’ Why not mayhem and torture and bondage? Why not bloody murder and genocide and apocalyptic fun and games? That’s why. Because Simon Dunkle [the wunderkind] is the prophet of why not.”

    E.g. OTR rapist Roman Polanski’s supposed classic Chinatown, the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men, Scorcese’s remake of Cape Fear—just exercises in nihilistic despair, dragging the viewer through gratuitous moral squalor.

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  6. Phil B

    Since GoT is based on the politics, power struggles and characters of 5th Century Northumbria, there were not a lot of individuals with sun tans darker than ripe fields of wheat.

    Wakanda it certainly was not, though I’m surprised that there are not token PoC as the Kings and high lords just to give de bro’s in de hood som’tin’ to point to and say “We wuz kings in dem days ’til whitey stole de inheritinz fro’ us …”.

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  7. I read all the books because I read a lot and run out of things to read. It was a grind. Like Adam, I enjoyed the first enough to continue, but when one of the books did nothing but set up the next book (I think it was Feast of Crows) and when the story dragged on and on, I lost quite a bit of interest. Plowed through hoping it would get better and hoping that the story conclusion would make up for it. Whoops.

    Tried to watch the TV show three times, thinking that maybe they had writers who could cut through the drivel and slim it down to the interesting stuff. I’ve seen the first three episodes three times and never could get any further. As far as I’m concerned, there is better stuff to watch.

    Just finished the first five season of Endeavor and just started the Broadchurch series starring David Tennant. If you want some good TV watch both of these.

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  8. theebl

    I like the show (somewhat) and books (somewhat more), but I realized after last weeks show actor Ian McShane (who appeared in one episode as Brother Ray) nailed it with an earlier comment. He said GOT fans need to get out more, it is basically “tits and dragons.”

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