(AllHipHop News) HBO's epic drama Game Of Thrones has a very vibrant fanbase made up of black viewers. For proof, just check out the #DemThrones hashtag on Twitter.
However, there has been some criticism that the program's cast is not very diverse. Comedian Marlon Wayans discussed that lack of representation during an interview with 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," said Wayans. He added, "It's either Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, and I chose Walking Dead because I don't have all that f*cking time to binge watch all this sh*t."
This is not the first race-related critique of Game of Thrones. Star Wars actor John Boyega criticized the fantasy for its lack of black actors in a 2017 GQ article.
There have also been questions about why some of the most prominent characters that are people of color are either former slaves (Missandei, Grey Worm) or presented as uncivilized barbarians (Khal Drogo). Black British actress Naomi Ackie will reportedly have a leading role in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel.
While Marlon is not a regular Game of Thrones watcher, a lot of HBO subscribers believe the show is must-see television. The season eight premiere brought in a series record 17.4 million viewers on Sunday with 11.8 million viewers tuning in at the original 9 pm airtime.