Monday, 13 February 2017

A Game of Thrones

This is a post idea that I've had tucked away in the back of my mind for a while, ready for a posting emergency such as today. I got really sick around the turn of the new year. So sick in fact, that I couldn't leave my bed without shivering or feeling like I was going to die. So I figured if I was going to spend 14 hours a day in bed I might as well enjoy myself. I gave in, and watched Game of Thrones.
Paul and his boyfriend have been telling me that I need to watch it for a while now. I will admit that the setting did appeal to me. I love things set (or at least that appear to be set) in a time of swords and magic. I didn't even dislike the idea of all the sex and nudity. No, my problem with the show was having to watch main characters die. There's nothing I hate more from a show, a game, a book, or anything else, more than when a main character dies.

As the show went on though, I found myself absolutely gripped by the story and the characters. There were some very sad scenes of course, but the other stuff made up for it. Before I knew it I had watched three seasons and there was no more hope for me. In a few weeks I had watched everything and am now awaiting season seven. I'd read the books but the show could be complicated enough at times and it takes George RR Martin forever to write new books.

I know I was late to the party myself, but I also know there are others who are reluctant about trying Game of Thrones for whatever reason. So I'll just say this; watch the first season. If you still want to watch the first season (which is filled with sex, violence, and tragedy) then you'll want to watch the rest. If not, then at least you gave it a chance.

There's a lot more I could say about the series but I figure I have said enough for one day.


  1. Haven't watched it yet, mostly because I don't have HBO. I suppose I'm going to get around to it eventually.

    Tom Waits once said about music: "Music isn't produce. It doesn't go bad if you leave it sitting on the shelf a few years."

    I feel the same way about all art. It will still be there when I get to it. Preferably when the hype has passed it by...

    1. Oh, my sweet summer child, you think you need HBO to see it...

      I love Game of Thrones. I might even say I like the series more than the books, now that George R.R. Martin has decided that he just cannot finish these books. I know they're complex and all, but... come on, man. As a fellow author, I ain't buying that it takes THAT many years just to finish one up.

  2. Ahhh all the main characters die?? Mark, thanks for ruining the ending. But I guess I should have known them if I weren't living underneath a rock. Though sometimes it isn't a bad thing to arrive "late to the game" regrading a fandom. Then there is a whole new world to explore and get excited about. This happened to me when I discovered the show Jesus Chatline. And then I got sick of it in a couple of weeks and was depressed and bored again. Oh well.

  3. Seven seasons already? God fucking damn, I will never be ready for that kind of commitment, however good. I want my stories to have an ending, you know?

  4. That is one of my favourite shows of all time. Although I will admit that since the show has left the books behind, I find the episodes less interesting than they used to be...

  5. I never got into this series but my daughter did.

  6. I need to get back to the Game of Thrones! I've read the first 2 books and watched the 1st season. Just not enough hours in the day to do everything! I'm glad you enjoyed the series and thanks for not posting spoilers!

  7. Not a show I have ever watched and have no interest in doing so


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