Since it launched in 2011, Game of Thrones has become one of the most controversial TV shows not only in the US but in other parts of the world as well. The series’ depiction of violence — such as torture, emasculation, and setting a child on fire — has met with negative comments from critics. The same has been the case for the show’s portrayal of incest, female nudity, and non-consensual sex, among many others.
Critics think that that the program’s representation of sexual violence is explicit, excessive, and unnecessary. But George R. R. Martin — the author of the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire from which the hit HBO series is based — argued that rape and other forms of sexual violence are common in war and omitting them from the show’s narrative would have undermined one of the themes of his novels, which is medieval realism.
Though there have been a number of viewers who quit watching the show after finding its depiction of sex and violence offensive, a lot of fans have continued to support the series particularly because of its boldness to go places where other similar shows wouldn’t dare to go.
In fact, some of these fans love the menacing and raunchy world of Game of Thrones so much that it has inspired them to create artwork that reimagine Game of Thrones characters in worlds that are considerably as wild as Westeros.
#1 Burtonesque Daenerys
This is how the Mother of Dragons will look like if Tim Burton directs an animated version of Game of Thrones. Daenerys’ big round eyes in this fan art are very much similar to the eyes of the characters in the 2005 dark comedy film Corpse Bride, which Burton co-directed with Mike Johnson.
#2 Burtonesque Brienne and Tormund
The heavy snowfall doesn’t stop Tormund from trying to win Brienne’s heart. Though Tormund comes with a two-layered cake and a bouquet of red roses for Brienne, the Maid of Tarth remains unimpressed. Is it because she’s in love with Jaime?
#3 Burtonesque Night King
The Night King has fearlessly led the White Walkers and the rest of the army of the dead to the other side of the Wall. So who would have thought that a simple baby duty would send shivers down his spine?
#4 Burtonesque Hodor and Bran
Though Bran looks worried in this piece of art, we’re pretty sure that Hodor’s presence gives him a little peace of mind.
#5 Burtonesque Jon
Confident that Melisandre will resurrect him, Jon, with a sword pierced through his heart, makes the thumbs up sign before taking his last breath.
#6 Burtonesque The Mountain and Joffrey
Not even the monstrous body build of The Mountain could protect Joffrey from his fateful death. As seen in this illustration, the bratty Lord of the Seven Kingdoms is holding the iconic goblet containing the poisoned wine that will ultimately kill him.
#7 Burtonesque Cersei
With no one left in line for the Throne but her, Cersei gladly accepts her new role. Though it has always been her dream to rule the Seven Kingdoms on her own, Cersei looks a little apprehensive in this piece of art. Could that be because the love of her life Jaime has abandoned her?
#8 Burtonesque Arya and The Hound
Though a little bit frightened, Arya is ready for battle with her thin yet trusty sword, Needle. The Hound, on the other hand, seems uninterested. Is he letting Arya do all the fighting?
#9 Burtonesque Tyrion and Varys
While Tyrion looks shocked, Varys appears embarrassed in this artwork. Did the Imp drop another eunuch joke that offended the Master of Whisperers? If that’s the case, then we’re pretty sure that Varys got even with Tyrion by pulling off a dwarf joke he didn’t see coming.
#10 Burtonesque Melisandre
Melisandre looks a lot less cunning in this artwork than she usually does. Despite having Burton’s iconic big round eyes, the Red Woman seems lonely — probably because she hasn’t forgiven herself yet for burning Shireen alive.