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Chinese netizens blast censored Game of Thrones

AFP  |  Beijing 

While fans worldwide were laughing and howling their way through the premiere of the latest season, Chinese fans on Monday were left blasting the censored version that streamed online in the country.

The fantasy epic on is famed for its X-rated content and gory battle scenes, both known to draw the ire of China's censors.

Tech giant streamed the simultaneously with HBO, letting China's legions of netizens watch alongside their worldwide peers.

"I thought the censored version meant only cutting the bed scenes!!!" typed one enraged fan on China's Twitter-like after watching.

"When I was watching I wasn't even a little worried about my dad being there, even the fighting scenes are cut, with even those cut, why bother watching!" The Chinese version came in at 48 minutes compared to the 54 minute original for audiences worldwide.

HBO's website is blocked in China, forcing most to watch the approved-for-version of the Emmy Award-winning -- though some netizens find ways to get beyond the country's "great firewall".

"is making us pay to see a castrated version of Game of Thrones," said another user, who identified herself as a 19-year-old girl.

"Do any sisters have Game of Throne links to share?" she tweeted.

"It is a bit uncomfortable watching the censored version," tweeted another user with the handle

"If those scenes are not worth seeing, why would the write them? Why would the shoot them? People who like don't like it for the porn and violence but for the whole thing," Wang said.

I "don't want to miss even one second," she added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 20:30 IST