Is Game of Thrones (the HBO series) racist?
Short answer: based on the SJW definition of “racist,” then most certainly yes.
Long answer: it’s the awareness of race on the part of the creators of this series which adds greatly to its visual and cultural effectiveness. Unlike many TV series, where actors and actresses are haphazardly cast without regard to their physical appearance, and you tend to wind up with characters who are black or some other minority for no apparent reason (like the black kid in the otherwise excellent Netflix series Stranger Things which takes place in an all-white [except for one nerdy black kid] suburban neighborhood in the 1980s), much thought was given to ethnicity of the actors and actresses in Game of Thrones.
The Lannisters all have blonde hair and they are very good looking and evil. Except for Tyrion, the dwarf, who is not good looking and not as evil as the rest of his family (although he is willing to commit evil acts in order to win their affection). The blondeness of Cersei’s Lannister’s children is a key plot point in the first season of the show.
Even blonder than the Lannisters are the Targaryens. Their hair is so lightly colored it’s almost white. There seems to be a lot of evil in the Targaryen family, such as the Mad King who wanted to unleash wildfire on the city of King’s Landing (almost like nuking the city and killing everyone). Viserys Targaryen seems pretty evil because he marries his sister Daenerys to a barbarian ruler, who will probably abuse her and rape her. That would be under the modern definition of rape, because in the world of Westeros and Essos, as well as the real world prior to the 20th century, it’s not rape for a man to force his wife to have sex with him. Nevertheless, in Game of Thrones, rape of one’s spouse is still suggested as something evil, so the series isn’t actually as “misogynist” as SJWs think it is.
The barbarian Dothraki who live on the continent of Essos are modeled after the Mongols, and they have appropriately dark skin and act uncouth compared to the more civilized people of Westeros which is modeled after medieval England. Would the Dothraki have appeared as barbaric if they looked like white Europeans? I think not. What the Dothraki need is a silver-haired Germanic-looking girl to bring them to a higher level of civilization than just riding around the desert on their horses and looting and pillaging non-Dothraki villages. Better to put them on some ships, sail across the sea, and fight a real war.
They only good family are the Starks, who look Scottish with their dark hair and blue/green eyes. However, they do live in the North which is the least civilized area of Westeros. And there are also some pretty evil houses in the North, such as the Boltons who like to flay their enemies.
Anyway, no need to go on. You get the idea. Racist racist racist. But so much fun to watch.