I’ve just finished catching up to the end of the last series of Game of Thrones (just in time for the new series later this year). After poo-pooing it for ages I finally succumbed last year and within four of five episodes was completely addicted. The last two series each only took me a few days each to watch, once I got into the “binge” mentality.
I had thought about writing a review of them, but it all seems to big to sum up. I am now one of those annoying people who find it hard to explain exactly why you should give up fifty hours plus of your life, but insist “well, you just have to watch it and see!”.
I really struggle to put my finger on what’s so good about it though. In fact, I secretly suspect it’s not even that “good”, objectively speaking, but just has so many storylines and characters crammed in you focus on the good bits and forget the bad bits.
I’m still a bit uneasy with all the sex and nudity. It really does seem gratuitous and awkward (yes, I’ve turned into my dad). More importantly, it makes it difficult to watch because you have to wait until there are no kids kicking about the house.
What I’m most impressed by is just the sheer amount of money and work that goes into it. It really takes itself immensely seriously (which is what you want from a fantasy story) and has the budget to support its grander ambitions.
I’m wondering how many people on here watch it? And what’s your overall impression? Is it a fad that we’ll forget about in a couple of years? Or is there something more special about it?
And what is it all ABOUT? Is there going to be an overarching theme that emerges when we reach the end of the final series?
I’m not interested in getting bogged down in the minutiae of the stories and characters here (there’s plenty of other internet forums for that kind of stuff – I’ve checked them out and they are DULL). I’m more interested to see if anyone has an overall idea of what the point or vision is of the whole thing.
Personally, I suppose I think of the whole thing as a lesson about some hard facts about the real world: good people do bad things, bad people do good things, politics is petty, religion has its uses but also creates maniacs, nothing lasts forever and someone is always waiting to stab you in the back. The political to-ing and fro-ing in Westeros seems to be an obvious allegory for any country in upheaval any time ever (I keep seeing parallels with the Northern Ireland Troubles, for example)…. and the gradually building threat from the north seems like, well, a lesson about ignoring the needs of nature (ie global warming) and putting party politics ahead of that.