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China cuts six minutes from latest Game of Thrones episode

China cuts six minutes from latest Game of Thrones episode

Game of Thrones stars Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage

China has come under fire for censoring six minutes from the latest Game of Thrones episode.

Among the scenes cut is an orgy featuring Ser Bronn of the Blackwater (played by Jerome Flynn) and three female sex workers. Other cut scenes include close-up shots of people killed with arrows and an axe.

There was also one instance of a character swearing that was cut — possibly Bronn saying ‘fucking’, same-sex attracted Yara Greyjoy saying ‘bastards’ or The Hound saying ‘bitch’.

As a result of the censorship, the running time of the first Game of Thrones episode of season eight was just 48 minutes, not 54 minutes.

Chinese media giant Tencent owns the exclusive rights to the much-loved GoT series. It is unclear whether they censored the scenes, or the Chinese government did.

Game of Thrones goes gay

Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan (who plays Yara Greyjoy) previously opened up about her onscreen same-sex kiss.

During the scene, Yara sails to Dorne with Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) but on the journey, the two share a romantic scene together. As Ellaria reaches towards Yara’s crotch, she warns to prepare for ‘a foreign invasion.’

On that scene, Whelan told NBC Out: ‘I think a lot of people have made the joke ‘Oh, you were just about to get some! Terrible timing.’

The scene was also completely improvized, she revealed.

On her character’s sexuality, she said: ‘I don’t think she’s one way or another.

‘As she’s said before, you know, she’s not fussy — she’s up for anything,’ she said.

The smash HBO show features other same-sex romances, including Loras Tyrell and Renly Baratheon, as well as Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand having orgies.

Gethin Anthony played the role of a gay king (Renly Baratheon) before he got killed.

Anthony previously shared that he wanted to ensure there were positive portrayals of relationships in the fictional continent of Westeros.

The character of ramsay bolton standing outside and its snowing, he's wearing heavy furs
Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones. | Photo: HBO

‘Westeros is a very scary world, with all the politics and violence going on, so it was nice to play an affectionate gay couple within that world,’ said Anthony.

He added: ‘We were very passionate about it being a positive thing. I still hold on to that and I’m still very proud of it.’

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