Whiteness and Power in ‘Game of Thrones’ (Spoilers)

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Game of Thrones (HBO).

The sensational HBO series Game Of Thrones peddles in a brutal moral economy. Kings are laid low by slayers, the poor are invisible to the powerful, while advisors balance the scales in their interests by collecting and hoarding devastatingly damaging information on the powerful. In a world where bastard sons are open secrets, women are commonly treated as little more than objects of desire and are often victims of sexual violence. The white women who do rise to power nevertheless find themselves vying for a place in a world that is distinctly a product of men’s caprices.

Yet, the most systematically marginalized populations in the show are comprised of Black and Brown bodies which, as the show approaches its conclusion, apparently exist as the currency of white power in this brutal economy.

This particular brutality became explicitly clear in the third episode of…

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