Upcoming Spoilers for Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 1, "Winterfell".
Strip Game of thrones sex, violence and supernatural horror, and what remains? Chinese fans of the series find out by watching a version of the series censored by the government. Many say that the censored version of Game of thrones they have easy access to this sounds more like a mundane "medieval documentary" with unraveling plot points.
HBO's Chinese partner, Tencent, has distribution rights Game of thrones in China, but to respect local laws, he cut nearly six minutes of the first season of season 8, "Winterfell". Most of the cuts were rather classic, including nudity when Bronx spends time with three women before Qyburn summons him and violence when Theon saves his sister Yara.
But a particularly crucial scene was that of the first one: when Ned Umber's body is found pinned to a scary sigil on the wall that the king of the night left to send a message. There are two possible reasons why the scene was censored: China disapproves presence of undead on screenThey are considered superstitious and the dismembered body parts used to make the spiral could be considered too violent and macabre.
Chinese viewers who viewed the censored version of the premiere of Season 8 became confused when they participated in post-episode discussions. Many fans were dissatisfied with the censorship, which concealed important plot points, including the fall of the last home, the death of Ned Umber and the king's message of the nights. But others simply suggested that the show was a better solution than watching a bowdler version. An user wrote a comment Weibo, the Chinese social media platform that looks like Twitter, said, "I want to get my money back, #TencentVideo, I want to pay back, I do not want the censored version of #GameofThrones #EighthSeason."
Another user noted: "When other people talked about the episode and said that a little lord had been burned, I really did not know what they were talking about. I am speechless. In order to censor the blood and violence, the whole story has been affected. "
He continued his diatribe in a position filled with emoji in tears and emoji on horseback. ("Horse" is a namesake for an extremely Chinese curse.) "Censorship at the point where the parcel is cut off, what is the point? I thought that throughout the episode, I did not see any ghosts and I found it so strange. long, Tencent removed the scene, ruining it completely, so how can I look at the uncensored version? "
Several users responded to his message, looking for the same thing. A user linked to a hacked file, which was taken last. The user indicated that she would encounter a technical problem and could not share files, but suggested that the user start by looking around Weibo. "Everyone eagerly shares files, just look around," she wrote, a day after the premiere of the season. According to an analytics firm, the first of the season has already been hacked more than 55 million times.
Game of thrones has long been censored in China. In 2014, a surfer remarked that during the first three seasons, "they cut about a quarter of the fight scenes, then a quarter of the nude scenes." I guess it does not matter if you want to watch a documentary about a medieval European castle. "Another person said that he was missing about 20 minutes of the pilot episode and that the rest did not make much sense.For all the beheadings, poisonings and murders, Game of thrones missing a considerable percentage of his crucial moments from the plot.
As Game of thrones ramping up during its last season, viewers are expecting a conclusion of the fights that had been teased in previous seasons, including a final clash between the two living dragons and the zombie dragon, the army of Cersei Lannister facing the Daenerys Targaryen Army and the Army of the Dead making his bloody descent in the heart of Westeros. But as the bloodshed intensifies, censorship in China is likely to increase.