Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is a fantasy television show based on the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. It premiered in 2011 and airs on HBO. The show is known for its frequent, graphic violence and sex, including several LGBT characters and relationships.
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Game of Thrones has received both praise and criticism for its portrayal of LGBT characters and relationships.
Although a homosexual relationship between Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) and Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) was strongly implied in the novels, it was made explicit on the show, with several sex scenes between the two men. Following Renly's death, Loras is shown pursuing a sexual relationship with his squire, Olyvar (Will Tudor). However, Olyvar later turns out to be a spy and prostitute who works for Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish and Loras is arrested for "breaking the Laws of Gods and Men" and imprisoned. While many LGBT people and allies have praised the choice to make Renly and Loras explicitly gay in the show, others have argued that the character of Loras in particular was overly simplified to the point that he became a caricature.
In season 4, Oberyn Martell (]Pedro Pascal), who is also actively bisexual in the books, is shown pursuing sex with both male and female characters, including Olyvar, as his his long-time paramour Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma).
The series also includes several characters who are considered to be gender non-conforming by the dominant culture of Westeros, including tomboy Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and female knight Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). Other cultures in the world of Game of Thrones have more permissive gender norms, however, including the Iron Islands (Yara Greyjoy's home) and Dorne.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark was asked about her top choice of romantic partner for her character and responded, "In the GoT universe, I think she's going to have to swing the other way – because the men thing isn't working for her. Judging by Sansa's relationship with Margaery (Natalie Dormer)... probably Margaery."
LGBT Cast and Crew
In an April 2016 interview with Nylon, actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, discussed her sexuality and stated that she has a boyfriend, but declined to be labeled, saying "I've never sat up and thought about my sexuality for hours. It's like what Shailene Woodley said: 'I fall in love with personalities and not people or genders.' I have no problem with anyone who would want to be labeled, but I also think that it is no one's business. Do what you want."
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