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(2011–2019)

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Sex & Nudity

  • There is a multitudinous of sexual dialogue in the series, ranging from mild to incredibly explicit.
  • Season 8 has the least sex & nudity out of all seasons, with only one nudity scene and mild sex references throughout the season.
  • Sex is a driving force of this series, and nudity occurs throughout each season, including instances of exposed breasts, buttocks, and genitals both male (penis, pubic hair) and female (pubic hair, hidden genitalia) Viewers can expect to see and hear sex scenes, many of which take place in a brothel. There are several scenes and situations of rape.

Violence & Gore

  • There are prolonged medieval battle scenes, 1 on 1 battles and battles against monsters and dragons.
  • Each season gets bloodier and gorier as the series goes on. Seasons 3, 4 and 8 are by far the bloodiest and goriest
  • There are numerous grisly and gory images that will be unsettling to some viewers.
  • People are consistently kidnapped, some fight back in graphic methods.
  • We see these violent scenes onscreen and hear them referenced in dialogue as well. Certain moments in particular are deeply disturbing
  • Characters can die from many ways (beheadings, stab wounds, minor gashes, organized assassinations, etc). Even major characters that you won't suspect of dying has a big chance of getting killed. George R. R. Martin intended for this, he has stated that he wanted his book series to be realistic and unsuspecting. The violence in this series is brutal, realistic and extremely gory and is often lingered on for a moment.
  • Beheadings are shown (heads falling into baskets/rolling away even in combat)
  • Jousting has been present in the show, with bloody results.
  • Battle sequences are prolonged, very bloody, and very gruesome. During these battle scenes, a numerous amount of soldiers will get stabbed by swords, get chopped in half, get their heads split in half, etc. Incredibly brutal.
  • Some disturbing scenes of torture which may upset and disturb some viewers. (Especially in Season 3)
  • There is some violence against frail, young women and children, which might be one of the most upsetting aspects of the show.

Profanity

  • Strong language and sexual dialogue throughout almost every episode, used in both the derogatory and literal senses. The strongest word used is "cunt", which is generally used once every two episodes or so, but there are some occasions where it is said more than once.
  • "Fuck", "shit", "cock", "twat", "whore", "slut", "bitch" and other profanities are used throughout the show.
  • "Bastard" is used extremely commonly however always in the literal term (illegitimate child). It is a term of shame and is sometimes used to insult people.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • "Nightshade" is used as a sleeping drug
  • Wine is consumed in almost every episode, particularly during feasts and gatherings. It is implied that some characters drink for the sole purpose to get drunk. It is quite a big feature of the show and often influences character behavior.
  • "Milk of the Poppy" used as a painkiller.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is graphic brutal violence in almost all of the episodes. There are also several intense action sequences.
  • The show includes more than a few instances of sexual violence predominately (but not always) towards women: one major male character is gelded, another major character already a eunuch describes how he became that way when he was very young (shortly before taking revenge upon his aggressor whom he had spent years searching for.)
  • Rated TV-MA for strong brutal medieval warfare and violence throughout including scenes of rape and torture, grisly and gory images, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief alcohol use.
  • The final episode is very dark.
  • Well liked major and minor characters are sometimes unexpectedly killed. A lot of fights and brawls occur throughout the course of the show.
  • There are occasional scenes showing "white walkers", man-like monsters that live in the ice and seemingly have bodies made of the same, intense blue eyes, grimacing faces and scrawny bodies that might scare younger viewers. There is a gigantic battle scene in the final season with these creatures, they are constantly seen eating people alive and destroying everything.
  • Many viewers will find season three very disturbing in the fact that a major character from season two is held hostage by a psychopath. Afterwards the nature and identity of the character being tortured is forcefully changed from psychological torture, and is enslaved by the torturer.

Spoilers

The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • Incest occurs between several leading characters: a brother and sister, resulting in 3 children and additional pregnancy; the same female character engages in sexual activities with her first cousin. An aunt and nephew, who are approximately the same age, engage in an affair before they know of their relationship. They continue the affair after they are informed of their kinship. A woman allows her brother to fondle her; he is unaware she is his sister.

Violence & Gore

  • At the end of the eight episode of the fourth season, "The Mountain and the Viper", a man named Oberyn Martell battles another much larger man named Gregor Clegane and, at the end of the battle, Martell slits Clegane's Achilles heel and impales him with a poisoned spear. Martell then circles Clegane, demanding him to confess the rape and murder of Elia Martell and her children. Eventually, Oberyn lets his guard down and Gregor Clegane tumbles him to the ground, punches him in the mouth and causing his teeth to fall off, with some blood splattering on the ground and subsequently, Clegane confesses the murder as he gouges Oberyn's eyes out with his thumbs and we see plenty of blood coming out from his eye-sockets as he screams in extreme agony and eventually, due to the extreme force applied to his skull, Oberyn's head is crushed into a bloody, gory mess with an explosion of blood, brain matter, bone and skin bursting out and splattering everywhere, as Oberyn's wife reacts by screaming in horror and later, we see the extremely gory aftermath, displaying Oberyn's now fully smashed head, with gore surrounding the area and a large pool of blood forming on the surface. This entire sequence is EXTREMELY graphic.
  • Towards the end of season three in an episode (commonly referred to as "The Red Wedding"); in what starts as a happy wedding with all parties seemingly fully at peace three major almost universally well liked characters (by other characters and audience alike) are unexpectedly, and brutally murdered during the wedding banquet with much bloodshed. During this scene a pregnant woman gets repeatedly impaled in the womb, mortally wounding the woman and her unborn baby, graphic depictions of men getting slaughtered by the other army. An older woman gets shot in the back by an arrow, but lives. Her son gets shot repeatedly shot by arrows, but lives. You also see men with crossbows shooting a direwolf in a cage and other men being slaughtered. Later in the scene, the woman who was shot in the back grabs the other army's leader's wife and demands mercy for her son or she will slit his wife's throat. After the man denies, her son's bannerman impales her son in the heart, which kills him. After witnessing his death, his mother wails and screams in agony while slitting the man's wife's throat. After slitting her throat, a soldier grabs the mother and slits her throat, killing her as the episode ends in complete silence.

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