For a fantasy series, this is about as gratuitously brutal and bloody and dark as it can get. Think Lord of the Rings as written by Cormac McCarthy: Frodo plans a trip to Mordor, but he’s tortured and beheaded before getting out of the Shire. Game of Thrones is like that. Any major character can die unpleasantly at any time, and when you find yourself wanting something to happen, that’s when the opposite will occur. In George R.R. Martin’s world, no good deed goes unpunished.
The most recent episode is a case in point. Yesterday the Internet was alight with shock and lamentation over “the Red Wedding,” which involved the graphic demise of three key players. Having read the books I knew it was coming, but I had a brief pang of sympathy for those who didn’t. It’s not every day a popular series eliminates its three most sympathetic characters in one big bloodbath. What if that had happened on The Andy Griffith Show? Andy, Bea and Helen Crump gunned down by a drunken Floyd? I think we have entered a new era in episodic television, and I’m not sure it’s a good one.
I know: I did read all the books, and I do keep watching all the episodes, so how bad can it be? Can’t argue with that. And while I hate admitting I watch a show with dragons in it, at least it’s better than, say, The Bachelorette. Now there’s a series that could benefit from a massacre or two. What a strange premise: 25 gay guys trying to coax roses out of one straight girl.
But back to GoT. At this time I would like to nominate Daenerys for most annoying character in a TV miniseries. I hate her harlequin-Fabio love interests and homecoming-queen smugness. I hate that her story plays out like a completely unrelated series. I hate her dopey dragons — which are taking a hell of a long time to become relevant, by the way. Look, since nobody else has an air force, she has already established worldwide air superiority. What are you waiting for, girl? Just invade, already.
I miss Breaking Bad.
Wow! You made it through all five books in the series? I couldn’t make it through the first one. There was nothing there to make me care about any of those characters. The TV series seems to be a hit, though, and I’m for anything scripted as opposed to “reality” these days.
Dave Knadler says
The books really were a slog. Eventually I resorted to skipping all chapters involving characters I didn’t like. There were quite a few of those.
ehhh….I couldn’t stay interested enough to finish the first book either. I wholly concur about the Bachelorette but I’m not even sure a ‘massacre’ would help that show. Anyone watch Mr. Selfridge or Ripper Str??
Dave Knadler says
Haven’t seen Ripper Street, but the premise seemed interesting. Do you recommend it?
Gee. I kind of look forward to the scenes with the dragon mama. She always looks clean, and she usually operates in daylight, unlike the rest of the show, so dark I can barely make out what’s going on. But I love the rest of your review. Perfect assessment!
Dave Knadler says
I think my negative impression of Daenarys was formed by the books. Each chapter on her seemed endless, and the prose seemed to go a deep shade of purple. Ugh. But yeah, I guess the desert sunlight is a nice change from the gloom that pervades the rest of the show.
I haven’t read the books or watched the program. It doesn’t sound like something I would like at all.
I totally favor scripted shows over reality shows, most of which are pure crap. (The others are part crap.) Today’s whole TV setup leaves me longing for the old days of REAL seasons. Thirty nine shows every year. Worthwhile variety shows or something in the summer gap. Not putting a show on unless it was worth a full trial. Now they take them off so fast that if you’ve been suckered into watching, you may have wasted your time watching a show just to have it end without finishing the story lines.
I’m really enjoying Ripper Str. The writing and acting is top notch and there’s great cinematography…….smoky, dirty, seedy, Victorian Whitechapel has never looked better.