Even among secular media watchers, HBO’s Game of Thrones has its mild detractors. Among Catholics, debate about the ethics of—and the ethics of watching—the show can get heated. I’ve seen multiple social media dumps on articles about the series: articles critiquing its violence, articles praising its realism, articles slamming its sixth commandment shenanigans, articles noting the limited virtue of various characters.
What I haven’t seen is the series itself; and I don’t plan to see
it. I don’t plan to see it because, of all the articles I’ve read on Game of Thrones,
not one has made a case for the series that convinces me it’s worth my
time’s investment. I’m not saying a convincing case for the series couldn’t be made. But the arguments I’ve read for GoT so far have been unconvincing: for none of them ask the right question.
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