Monday, June 3, 2013

Game of Thrones - TV Guide: Ask Matt: Jun 3 '13

Source: TV Guide [follow link for complete column]

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... Question: Do you know if there will ever be a clean version of Game of Thrones available — on DVD or on a cable network, like they did with Sex in the City? I absolutely love the show, and my niece and nephew, who are 12 and 15, would love it, too, but my brother won't let them watch it because of the sex and nudity (which I understand). In my opinion, the inappropriate scenes are completely gratuitous and the plot would not be affected by deleting them. As much as I love the show, I do get tired of seeing so many naked women. This show is so brilliant and engaging (like watching a movie every week), that it should be enjoyed by all, even kids. What do you think? ... — Camille

Matt Roush: Game of Thrones, both in book and TV form, is a very adult property, as are most HBO original series, not intended for kids, even those with a taste for fantasy, and I haven't heard of any plans to make a censored version available for sale or otherwise. Which isn't to say that if the show eventually gets sold into commercial and/or basic-cable syndication, it won't be edited in the way R-rated movies are — but, really, ugh. I understand the frustration, and have to agree that the nudity is often ludicrously, laughably unnecessary (though not always, depending on the character, because after all, sex is power in Westeros as everywhere). The pay cable theory that nudity is one of the "benefits" of premium TV has always struck me as the flimsiest sort of "edginess," but that's hardly likely to change...

Game of Thrones season three finale airs Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 9/8C on HBO. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EPISODE TRAILER FOR 'MHYSA'

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