Game of Throne fans are finding themselves in a tough spot as the show’s second season begins in the UK.
With its focus on the “battletech” grasslands of Westeros, HBO’s fantasy drama has been a boon for the showrunners, who hope that a broader audience can be entertained with its dark, epic and sometimes violent world.
But some are finding the show to be too easy, with critics accusing the series of playing with stereotypes and using stereotypes to create an overly familiar, familiar-yet-unrepresentative portrayal of people of colour.
A survey of the top 10 most popular words in Westeros and the North, compiled by linguists from University College London, found that many of the words were not familiar enough to be taken seriously in the series.
One of the most common terms in the Top 10 was “pigs”, a phrase that was only used twice in the show, in an episode where Robb Stark, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is confronted with an ancient symbol of the North that depicts the heads of a number of pigs.
While the word is actually a shortened version of “pig”, it’s widely used by white characters in Westero and the countryside.
“There is a certain amount of whiteness in the North in the Game of Thorns, and that is probably reflected in the words and in the way they are spoken,” said the linguist and research fellow, Emily Levene.
“The way that white people talk about animals is so different from how white people are used to talking about the world.”
Levene said the lack of racial diversity in the world and its people’s language was often overlooked, and the lack is not limited to Game of thorns.
The most popular word was “kangaroo”, a term used to describe a type of native Australian marsupial.
“Kangaroos are a bit of an anomaly in Australia,” she said.
“We do have kangarooses, but they’re not a real marsupium species.”
Leavene said she found the show problematic because “it’s not a series where you’re supposed to be playing a role and playing a character that’s a little bit like you or me”.
The show’s lack of diversity has also led to some heated debates about its portrayal of race.
In the episode “Tyrion”, played by Maisie Williams, the titular protagonist, a white man, has been framed for murder.
In an essay in the Guardian, Williams wrote that the show showed that racism was still present, and it was only a matter of time before people of color were killed.
“I want to say I’m not particularly concerned about the way that the word ‘pigs’ is used by characters in this episode,” she wrote.
“It’s not as if the characters are playing the game of thrones.
It’s a way of making a point about how, in the context of a game, it’s not good to be the only one.”
Williams also suggested that the episode was “a sort of game of death” in which characters of colour were punished for playing a game with their own lives.
“If there’s no diversity in Game of Whispers, the world of Game of Kings is one in which every person is white,” she continued.
“In that world, there’s a sense of entitlement, of entitlement to be on the throne.”
Levelling-up the gameWith Game of Hearts, HBO is tackling the question of whether Game of Swords should be considered a game of Thrones, which it does by making it a full-length, four-hour long episode, but with more of a focus on characters from the North.
The show has now been shown in the US and Canada, and is expected to be broadcast in the coming months in the rest of the world.
The decision to make Game of Dragons a full episode, which has been seen by critics and fans as a departure from the show that originated in Australia, comes with the knowledge that Game of Winds is the biggest of the series’ three.
While Game of Wings is the most popular, Levenes said that “Game of Winds” is a series that is meant to be seen in full, but that “it doesn’t mean it has to be all about dragons”.
“You can have dragons, you can have warriors, you have men, and you can even have women, but it’s really about the story of a person’s journey,” she explained.
“When you’ve got a story of people, of a tribe, of people who have gone through hardship, you want to be really clear about the people they are.”
You want to let them be who they are, and I think that that’s very important in a show like Game of Words.
“Game of Words has been about the journey of