I started writing this post not knowing how much I’d write since this is the first time I will be writing about Game Of Thrones. Having recently finished watching the series, I only got around to writing about it now.
Except before I knew it, I had written close to 1300 words, so then I decided to divide the post into two parts:
1. How you should go about watching Game of Thrones
2. Why you should do it
Now, before we proceed, I’d like you to know that this post is mostly about Game Of Thrones, the HBO TV series.
It doesn’t have specific details regarding “A Song Of Ice And Fire” (ASOIAF) series by George R. R. Martin. That is because I am still in the middle of reading the first book.
This is the first time I have watched something before reading it.
But I had good reasons to do that, and in fact, my advice to you would be to watch the series first.
(I know how readers are when it comes to reading before watching, but make this series an exception- you won’t regret it).
The internet is dark and full of spoilers, and believe me, you do not want to know the spoilers before you get there yourself. If you read the books, it’ll be a bit of slow reading as the books are huge! That way, you’ll be introduced to the characters and then you might go on the internet and read a spoiler- and you really do not want that to happen.
The series, on the other hand, you can marathon in as much time as a week! Only!
(Yes, I know people who’ve done that. Marathon 50 hours of TV! Fangirls and fanboys are truly amazing and powerful!)
That way, you quickly finish watching it and then read the books because nobody can spoil you now.
An important thing you need to remember while watching the series is, do not go on the internet.
The internet is dark and full of spoilers.
Repeat this to yourself should you be tempted to check your twitter feed or your Instagram.
So watching before reading is a preventive measure on the one hand, but it only helps to read after watching because it’s easier to remember all plotlines, character names and see all the hidden references to future happenings in the story (this is quite literally the best part- and one of the biggest reasons why I’m enjoying reading the series now).
Okay! So who should watch this series?
If you’re feeling too happy with your life and if you feel like there’s not enough of death and destruction in all your other fandoms, this is the fandom for you!
Okay that is a joke.
It’s true, but it’s a joke.
You need an open mind, a strong stomach, and a high capacity of swallowing your sorrows (if not this, then make sure you remain hydrated because the gods know you’re going to be shedding a lot of tears, every episode) to watch this series.
One thing you need to keep in mind before you watch:
Do not get emotionally attached to any characters.
Do not root for anybody.
By that I mean anybody.
If that hasn’t sunk in yet, let me tell you a fact.
You see the title of this post up there?
Probably sounds gibberish to you.
It is actually a Valyrian phrase (Valyrian is a language in the Game of Thrones, you’ll learn about all that when you watch).
It is a Valyrian greeting to be precise.
People, when they see each other, say “Valar Morghulis” to each other.
No but you don’t get it!
Valar Morghulis means (I’m not kidding) “All men must die”
Now you know that this show is not a joke.
In reply, the other person says “Valar Dohaeris”. It means ” All men must serve”
[This wasn’t important, I just felt like telling you because I love these phrases.
That’s another thing you’ll need to get used to- Game of Thrones fans love these phrases, and they love certain deaths.
Purple Wedding anyone? 😉 ]
I’m not exactly convincing you to watch the series, am I?
Well it is my duty to inform you, in an unbiased manner, of what you’re in for.
Why then should you watch the show?
I hope Part 2 helps you with that.