Beyond the exhilarating tussle amongst the various nobles and exiled heiress (aka. Daenarys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regnant of the Seven kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons) for the illustrious Iron throne, the show has caught the attention of many for reasons other than its remarkable plot. It is quite difficult to miss the gratuitous bouts of sexual raunchiness, extreme bloody violence and the ubiquitous depictions of cultural and religious taboos that shadow the HBO chef d’oeuvre.
In a bid to protect another similarly vulnerable ‘Iron throne’ housed within the confines of my skull’s red keep, I have wrestled with the decision on whether or not to watch the blockbuster a myriad of times. The series has in fact cycled between the recycle bin and video folder of my computer a couple of times. My surmise was that, one can only see so many gory decapitations and rapes before thoughts related to the aforementioned become implanted in the maze of his mind, seeking an escape route to a less ephemeral and more tangible aspect of his humanity, expression.
While this is very true, it is also veracious that watching a movie or TV show is analogous to viewing a painting on the wall and like every art, its interpretation is hinged on its viewers’ perception. In other words, the mind focuses on what it decides to focus on. One of the greatest paintings of all time, the Guernica by Pablo Picasso, was created as a commemoration of the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War. Today, it remains one of the most powerful antiwar statements of modern times. This, however does not stop a different kind of audience from apprehending the same painting as their muse for initiating an act of war or terrorism. Another copacetic example is the Old testament, which contains a handful of gruesome accounts such as that of Judges 19. This chapter tells the story of the wife of a Levite who was gang-raped to death in the place of her husband (yes, you read that right). Now, was the Judges 19 story aimed at encouraging homosexuality and rape? Absolutely not!
Regarding another impossible to ignore aspect of this series, i.e. the nudity, the bible encourages that we take drastic measures to avoid sexual sin (Matt. 5:28-29).
“Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?” Proverbs 6:27
A man is best known of himself by himself. Therefore, it is imperative for one to be sincere to one’s self and let his conscience be his judge (Romans 14:22, Jeremiah 17:10). I say this with the knowledge that each person is different from the other and that seeing does not always translate into sinning, as the professional peculiarities of a male gynecologist and female urologist would suggest. But, if watching such a series causes YOU to lust (sin), and you know that the fast forward option really does not work for you, then, you probably should not continue watching it. God expects holiness from us, and this cuts across all aspects of our lives, even what we watch on TV.
Do you disagree or feel like I left a key aspect of the subject out? Please do say in the comments section below. Thank you.