Game of Thrones Season 4: Introducing the Red Viper

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*WARNING may contain spoilers*

There are only two types of people in this world: those who love Game of Thrones, and those who need serious psychological evaluation. For the first group of people, last night was a televised wet dream, because the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed show premiered on HBO.

I, myself, love Game of Thrones, as well as A Song of Ice and Fire – the series of novels on which the show is based. The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R Martin is – in my opinion – a literary genius. The books are incredibly well-written, and translate perfectly to the show, which is usually perfectly cast and always amazingly acted. Both the series of novels and its on-screen adaptation cater to a wide-range of viewers, including to a very large extent, its gay audience.

In this particular regard, George R.R Martin and HBO make a spectacular team. The novels are chock-full of homoerotic encounters and same-sex relations, but those are mostly hinted at or rumoured; HBO, however, has none of this beating around the bush nonsense. All the subversive undertones of gay relations are portrayed quite readily on screen. Case in point: while there is no denying the romantic and sexual relationship between King Renly and Ser Loras, even in the books, their private relationship is never anything more than hearsay. On the show, however, we are fortunately treated to a more explicit depiction, which actually does make the storyline more in-depth and complex.

Season 4 kicks off with HBO execs continuing with this same “hell yeah” attitude, and in comes Prince Oberyn Martell, aka the Red Viper, played by Chilean actor Pedro Pascal. Again, in the books, the Red Viper is only “rumoured” to bed both men and women, but that did not stop HBO from filming the Dornish prince asserting complete royal dominance over a male prostitute at a brothel, after procuring a female prostitute for his female lover, Ellaria Sand, played by Indira Varma. I’m telling you, it doesn’t get any more inclusive than that, and for that, cast, crew and execs over at HBO, I extend my sincerest gratitude.

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