The Game of Thrones season eight premiere, “Winterfell,” broke viewership data for HBO. But as excessive as these numbers are, they don’t inform the entire story. Game of Thrones is beloved world wide, together with in China, the place media big Tencent owns the unique rights to broadcast the present. Only the model of “Winterfell” Chinese followers acquired isn’t precisely the identical because the one I watched within the U.S.
How are they totally different? According to CNN, the episode that aired in China was six minutes shorter. It eliminated some intercourse (the bit the place Bronn visits a brothel), some violence (the half the place Theon and his crew board the Silence and kill a few of Euron’s Ironborn troopers) and one occasion of a personality cursing (the scene the place the Hound provides Arya his model of a heat greeting, I’m guessing).
This is much from the primary time Game of Thrones, a present well-known for its intercourse and violence, has gone beneath the censors’ knife. Look at how totally different Cersei’s Walk of Shame was on Indian TV:
It nearly makes you marvel why they trouble.
It’s not recognized precisely who minimize “Winterfell” up. It might have been Tencent; it might have the Chinese authorities, which has way more management over media than international locations just like the U.S.; or it might have been HBO itself, attempting to get forward of censorship that’s going to occur anyway. Might as nicely be answerable for what goes, y’know?
Tencent is the one approach to watch Game of Thrones legally in China, so if Chinese followers need to see the total episode, Chinese followers could should look…elsewhere. Still ready on these numbers.
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