A conversation I once had with a friend:
Friend: I’ve heard a lot about GoT.
Me: YES! You should watch it! It’s brilliant!!
Friend: Okay! I’ll see…
Me: Yeah but you should know certain things.
There’s a lot of violence, sex, incest, gore, death, nudity in the show.
Why do people watch it then?
Me: Because it’s f*cking awesome!!
Sadly, I’ll have to be more eloquent than that in a blog post.
Let me just try once again with a single word though:
If you’re not sold right there, I’ll elaborate on the beauty of the series and convince you to watch (if you’ve already read and/or watched, just stay for the feels because it’s a while until the next book or season)!
Game of Thrones has a land of seven kingdoms, with men (and women too, as a matter of fact) fighting to sit on the Iron Throne.
(The actual throne is ugly as hell and not very comfortable to sit on either, yet they fight!)
And as bitch Cersei very aptly put it,
“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. There’s no middle ground“
Thus there are a lot of devious plots to get people out of the way, people going to war all the time, alliances formed, promises made and then broken (which leads to some interesting weddings), some promises made and kept- that doesn’t have happy endings either, as you’ll soon discover, killing of men, women and children alike.
There are a few honourable men, true, but as you can imagine, their survival is threatened.
The weddings are nothing like anything you’ve seen before.
As for the fantasy element:
There are dragons, as I’ve already mentioned.
There are these zombie-like creatures called White Walkers; direwolves; there is blood magic; witches; a priestess who does these weird fire magic tricks and creates evil babies (some people think she’s hot but I have consistently hated her since the very first time she came onscreen), warging (can’t explain) and well, one more something that I can’t quite explain to you without telling you spoilers but suffice it to say, it is amazing to watch, really!
Maybe all of this doesn’t sound interesting in theory, but the beauty of this series is that the more you watch the more involved you get, and there is no going back.
In fact, even if you watch a single episode, you know you must watch the next and the next, and before you know it you’ve finished one season.
You will have your mind-blown by the sheer brilliance that is this series- I promise you that!
The five seasons of the series is not where it ends either, there’s countless fan theories, and those alone are enough to blow your mind.
Although it all sounds very complicated, you will adapt to this series quickly enough.
For example, before I watched the series, a lot of my friends used to discuss it to no end and say stuff like “Baratheon” and “Targaryen” and “Daenerys” and “Lannister” and I was like how are you even spelling and pronouncing these words, much less remembering all these things regarding those words (and other words)???
I doubt I’ll ever get the hang of it all, even if I do watch the series!
(The only two names I could remember were “Arya Stark” and “Jon Snow” which is just as well because they are my favourite characters.)
Look at me now, you could quiz me on the history of Westeros, ask me the words and sigils of all the houses and I’d be quick as lightning in my answers.
Watching Game of Thrones has been one of the best things I did in 2015 (and there are quite a few awesome things I did this year) and I can’t help but force every single person I know to watch the series (if not also read the books)!
Really, you guys, just give it a try.
One episode- and then you may quit.
That’s all I have to say to the folks who know nothing about the series (notice subtle reference there?)
Now, all you people who’re reading the post in spite of having watched and/or read the series, thank you for staying- you do miss the series terribly, don’t you?
I know how it feels. 😥
I’d really like to know if you believe in R+L=J and if you don’t then I want to know your arguments against it.
I’m just dying to discuss these things with as many people as possible because I’m going crazy after watching the last episode.
The less we talk about that, the better.