Will.i.am criticises ‘Game Of Thrones’ for ‘only having two black characters’

The star has spoken of his love for Game Of Thrones but hit out at its lack of diversity

Will.i.am has spoken of his love for Game Of Thrones but hit out at its lack of diversity.

With the hit HBO show set to return for its sixth season next month (April), Black Eyed Peas star and The Voice judge has spoken to The Sun about the fantasy programme.

“Even though there are only two black people on it, I love that show,” Will.i.am is quoted as saying. “It’s awesome but, yeah, that kinda annoys me that it has only two black characters.”


The lack of representation of people of colour in Game Of Thrones has been a topic of criticism in the past, despite characters such as Missandei, Grey Worm and Areo Hotah being portrayed by black actors in the TV series.

George RR Martin, author of the novels on which the show is based, has previously addressed the issue of diversity in the show, saying: “Westeros around 300 AC is nowhere near as diverse as 21st century America.”

Ahead of its return, the Game of Thrones team has promised that Season Six is “the best yet” and contains the biggest battle scene to date

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