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Who Gets Your Vote in 2020: The Night King or Donald Trump? Who Gets Your Vote in 2020: The Night King or Donald Trump?

Perhaps the most depressing part of Darth Cheeto’s reign in office is that unless he’s impeached (which could but probably won’t happen), arrested (which could but probably won’t happen), quits (which could but probably won’t happen) or dies (which ... no comment), he will run again in 2020, and I’m not confident that…

5 Questions the Game of Thrones Season Finale Answered for Black America 5 Questions the Game of Thrones Season Finale Answered for Black America

By now we shouldn’t have to discuss how Game of Thrones parallels the social, political and economic climate of black America. But this season, the show wasn’t just a metaphor for being black in America—it was a guide for survival. It was a parable about resistance. It was a preamble for the resistance (and by “the…

Jon Snow’s Pimp Capes Are Actually Ikea Rugs. Here’s How to Make Your Own Jon Snow’s Pimp Capes Are Actually Ikea Rugs. Here’s How to Make Your Own

If you follow our weekly series the Black Guide to Game of Thrones, you know that the Starks (and all the people in the North) represent black people in the fictional Game of Thrones universe, and even though Jon Stark does not technically have our blood running through his veins, Ned and Catelyn took him in when he…

This Week’s Game of Thrones Was a Replay of Every Black Fight Ever This Week’s Game of Thrones Was a Replay of Every Black Fight Ever

Wait ... was I the only person in the Seven Kingdoms who thought this whole let’s-capture-a-White Walker-and-bring-him-back plan was the stupidest idea since the male romper? (No, that is not a homophobic or gender-normative statement. The male romper is a shitty idea, and by “shitty,” I mean that the good Lord has…

Does Steve Bannon Have Greyscale? (Asking for a Friend) Does Steve Bannon Have Greyscale? (Asking for a Friend)

Just as discriminating against someone for their race, their ethnicity, their gender, their sexual orientation, their religion, their age, their disabilities, their health, their perceived intelligence and perhaps even their feelings about kombucha is (rightly) frowned upon, it’s also (usually) not cool to disparage…

Game of Thrones Shows Us How America Treats White Supremacy Game of Thrones Shows Us How America Treats White Supremacy

Every time I watch an episode of Game of Thrones, I am left uttering the same phrase as the proverbial man who believes the thermos is the greatest invention of all time because it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold: “How do it know?”

If Game of Thrones Had Black Characters, This Week’s Episode Would’ve Been Totally Different If Game of Thrones Had Black Characters, This Week’s Episode Would’ve Been Totally Different

You can apologize now. Many of you thought I was reaching a bit when we first started this series, but as each episode has progressed, it’s become clearer that Game of Thrones really is basically an entertaining, fantastical primer on dealing with white America. After episode 4, there should be no doubt.

Sunday’s Game of Thrones Was a Message to Black America Sunday’s Game of Thrones Was a Message to Black America

For three weeks, we have preached about how Game of Thrones teaches us everything we need to know about white America. So, this week, you might expect us to joke about how Sansa should’ve cooked for Bran when he came home from that long road trip, or how Euron Greyjoy is turning into Anthony Scaramucci. I bet you just …

#NoConfederate: Let HBO Know Their Tone-Deaf Show Has Got To Go #NoConfederate: Let HBO Know Their Tone-Deaf Show Has Got To Go

By now you have heard about Confederate, the ill-advised, wildly-panned before it has even aired, and heavily-denounced HBO show that is the brainchild of Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It is an alternate reality where slavery was never outlawed and still continues in the modern era.

Watch: Is Power Better TV Than Game of Thrones?

There’s just something about the Starz TV drama Power that sticks to your ribs. It could be the beautiful cast (minus Angela—we hate her). Or the talented cameo stars (rest in peace, Charlie Murphy). Or our collective love of hate-watching little Tariq, who could be the worst son in the history of TV sons.

HBO’s Confederate Will Be a Dumpster Fire. Here Are 3 Shows They Should’ve Made  HBO’s Confederate Will Be a Dumpster Fire. Here Are 3 Shows They Should’ve Made 

Confederate, the new show by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, sounds like hot trash. Smelly, putrid, straight-from-the-piss-drenched-dumpsters-of-1980s-Times Square trash.

We Hate What You Love: GMG Staffers Reveal Their ‘Unpopular Opinions’ on Your Fave TV Shows We Hate What You Love: GMG Staffers Reveal Their ‘Unpopular Opinions’ on Your Fave TV Shows

This is Unpopular Opinions, a weekly romp through our staff’s personal Slack conversations that boldly reveal scandalous opinions that many would deem unpopular. So, basically, it’s a conversation that proclaims: We schaid what we schaid.

Sunday’s Game of Thrones Episode Was All About Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Staying Woke Sunday’s Game of Thrones Episode Was All About Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Staying Woke

Even though we’ve discussed how Game of Thrones teaches us everything we need to know about white America, breaking down the political and social metaphors embedded within each episode requires a keen eye and the ability to understand the language of literary analogy. The messages hidden beneath the layers of turmoil…

Cersei Lannister Would Be an AKA: And the Other Black Greek Organizations These Game of Thrones Characters Would Pledge Cersei Lannister Would Be an AKA: And the Other Black Greek Organizations These Game of Thrones Characters Would Pledge

In undergrad, there was a frat brother who would watch fictional movies and randomly announce which characters he thought would have tried to join black Greek organizations.

#WatchDaThrones: What We Learned From Sunday Night’s Episode of Game of Thrones #WatchDaThrones: What We Learned From Sunday Night’s Episode of Game of Thrones

Warning: The following article contains spoilers about Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones. We don’t care if you haven’t seen the episode yet, because—why would you even be reading this? Plus, if you haven’t seen Sunday night’s episode by now, chances are you aren’t aware that “Dem Thrones” is a coded, metaphorical…

The Black Person’s Guide to Game of Thrones The Black Person’s Guide to Game of Thrones

I was talking to a friend about my weekend plans, and I told her that I probably wouldn’t do much because I’d probably have the bubble guts nervously awaiting the season premiere of Game of Thrones. Her reply perplexed me, shook me to my core and made me rethink many of the choices that I’ve made in my life.

Becky of the Year Candidate: White Woman Says Sexism in Hollywood Is Like Racism Becky of the Year Candidate: White Woman Says Sexism in Hollywood Is Like Racism

May I present to you the latest nominee for The Root’s annual Wypipo Awards, in the category of Becky of the Year: Emilia Clarke.

Game of Thrones Actress Sophie Turner Responds to Claims She Said N-Word Game of Thrones Actress Sophie Turner Responds to Claims She Said N-Word

Sophie Turner says she definitely didn’t use the n-word in a video that went viral Tuesday.

5 Ways the Game of Thrones Pre-Finale Was More Satisfying Than the NBA Finals 5 Ways the Game of Thrones Pre-Finale Was More Satisfying Than the NBA Finals

Sunday night was a tough decision for me. Two major television events, overlapping each other; each with huge consequences that would drive social media conversation for days. Would I go to a bar with friends and yell at the TV for two-and-a-half hours watching the NBA Finals Game 7 between the Cleveland LeBrons and…

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