Marlon Wayans has called out Game Of Thrones for its lack of diversity as he calls for more black characters to flying dragons. The actor joined in with the chorus of that the hit HBO’s show has been facing for not having many non-white main actors.
At the moment the large cast has a few black few characters, with a majority of them being former slaves ‘saved’ by Queen Daenerys Targaryen. The White Chicks star told TMZ: ‘I don’t see a lot of brothers on it. It ain’t no Juliuses, Lamars, and a Jamal. Imagine Jamal on a dragon.’
Although legend has it that dragons can only accept rides from white-haired dragon-blooded Targaryens, we understand his point and we won’t ruin his fi-ght for representation with small technicalities.
The 46-year-old Fifty Shades of Black actor admitted that he has no time to watch the likes of Jon Snow and Daenerys on screen and has swapped the Night King for AMC’s The Walking D-ead.
‘It’s either Walking D-ead or Game of Thrones, and I chose Walking D-ead because I don’t have all that f—ing time to binge watch all this s–t,’ he added.
The Scary Movie star’s comments came a day after the eighth – and final – season finally aired and viewers were left in hysterics after some characters met some black people for the very first time.
As Jon Snow walked back into his home town Winterfell with Daenerys and her Unsullied soldiers and Dothraki army, the good people of the North looked very confused at the sight of non-white people – and even more, terrified as dragons Drogon and Rhaegal glided through the cold winter air.
The scene involved little dialogue but became one of the main talking points with viewers online.
At the very start of the premiere Daenery’s most trusted advisers, Greyworm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) exchanged a knowing glance at each other as the Northerners gawped at their mere presence.
The exchanged looks were called ‘relatable’ and ‘hilarious’ on Twitter, just seconds after the opening scene aired in the early hours of Monday.
Black characters are originally from the Summer Isles – as depicted in GRR Martin’s novels – however, the series has so far opted out from visiting the location and restricting itself to briefly mentioning the place.
The Summer Isles is not even on HBO’s official map for GOT, but readers know that it’s towards the southeast of Westeros and its citizens are described as ‘nut brown, teak, ebony, and jet black’.
Greyworm once said he was abducted from there when he was a baby, while Xaro Xaro Xhoan Daxos, portrayed by British-Nigerian actor Nonso Anozie in 2012, said he grew up in the Summer Isles before moving to Qarth.
With only a few mentions since the show first aired in 2011, it is no surprise that the people of Winterfell looked on the way that they did.
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