Is "Game of Thrones" Porn?

Settling an age-old debate Before Season 8

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By Hotep Anthony

With the recent drop of the long awaited Season 8 trailer for Game of Thrones, the internet has lit ablaze with various fan theories and general hype. But despite the fantastically rich plot, complex characters, and lively world, there still seems to be one question that perpetually underscores the series’ cultural appeal: Is Game of Thrones porn?

 
 

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The short answer is “no”. The long answer? “Depends on what you’re into.” First, let us define what exactly pornography is. According Merriam-Webster, a close personal friend of mine, the following definition is the most literal definition of porn.

pornography (/pôrˈnäɡrəfē/)
1. the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement.
2. material (such as books or a photograph) that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement.

So, in case you missed it, the key concept here is intentionality. If you have ever seen Game of Thrones, I believe it’s fairly evident that none of the sexual scenes are intended to cause sexual excitement. While some of the scenes may be “gratuitous”, they are all done so in a manner that either advances the story or builds upon the characters and GoT universe.

The key concept here is intentionality.

Game of Thrones is teleologically non-pornographic, but it can actually become pornographic for you. Just because the scenes may not be intended to arouse you sexually, does not mean that they can’t trigger your own sexual impulses. Speaking from a spiritual standpoint, if you believe or feel convicted that watching Game of Thrones would serve as a personal “gateway drug” into pornography, then my best advice for you is to simply not to watch it.

 
 
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Still not convinced? Let’s work through this next example together. Below is a popular passage from Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin’s book called A Clash of Kings, which some would consider “pornographic”.

“Yet she became even more of a whore as she tried to recapture the days of her youth, when she played the harlot in the land of Westeros. "She lusted after their men, whose penises were as large as that of a donkey, and whose loads were like that of a horses."

Pretty steamy, right?

Until I reveal that I lied and tell you that this passage is actually straight from the Bible (Ezekiel 23 19:21. I changed Egypt to Westeros. Sue me.) 

 
 
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Gotcha.

 
 

And now hopefully you realize that context is everything. If you haven't seen Game of Thrones in its entirety, and instead only pick out the scenes you find grotesque and then label the entire series as porn, then you’re not being very intellectually honest, and are truly doing yourself a disservice. On the other hand, like I said before: If that Bible passage is a bit too steamy for you, then perhaps you should put that book down too, and find yourself some more wholesome content. 

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