Can a Christian watch ‘Game of Thrones’?

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RNS) Is there anything morally redeeming about “Game of Thrones”? Does the hit HBO series even have a moral vision?

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A scene with Catelyn Stark (left) played by Michelle Fairley from HBO’s “Game of Thrones” episode 29. Photo by Helen Sloan/courtesy HBO

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The show is certainly entertaining, almost addictively so, and as “Games of Thrones” wraps up its third season on Sunday (June 9), the ratings reflect that popularity: a record of more than 5.5 million viewers have followed the ruthless struggles for power among the teeming clans of Westeros, the medieval-looking world created by fantasy novelist George R.R. Martin.

That success has also guaranteed that the show will be back for a fourth year of mayhem and passion, swords and sorcery, despite this season’s many violent endings. Or, as one tweet put it after the bloody penultimate episode: “Why doesn’t George R.R. Martin use twitter? Because he killed all 140 characters.”

But therein lies the moral problem for some: The appeal of the series seems bound up in the senseless violence and amoral machinations – not to mention the free-wheeling sex –