May 7, 2015

In Defense of GoT - Spoilers Ahoy!

I keep reading (and hearing) from other people that this season of Game of Thrones is off to a slow start, it's boring, it sucks, etc, etc.  I didn't watch the first couple episodes immediately, so I got to see all the opinions before I started, and I wasn't terribly excited for it.

But you know what?

I watched it and I'm REALLY enjoying it.  I mean, c'mon!  There's all this crazy shit that just happened to Tyrion.  He and Arya (and Varys) are all the way on the other side of the world, trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.

I'll admit I'm not particularly enjoying Daenerys' storyline just now, but watching Margaery and Cersei snipe at each other and anticipating the eventual showdown has been pretty entertaining.  Jon Snow was just faced with a pretty major fork in the road and moved from relative obscurity to a position of power.

Poor Sansa's not in a great place right now, surrounded by enemies, with more on the way (although I suppose that's nothing new).  Oh!  And she and Brienne are doing all kinds of things they didn't do in the book.  Bronn is back and Jaime's got non-book plot stuff.  How is this gonna end?!?!  How will it all tie in?  And will someone hurry up and off the sadistic Ramsey, already?

So what exactly is it that everyone else is not enjoying about this season?  Are we missing all the gore and death?  Because I've kind of been enjoying the brief respite from it all.  Too much background and character development?  Not enough action?

I really feel like the past few episodes have been a lot of setting the stage, and you know what?  I think that's ok.  Game of Thrones is a violent, chaotic world, but it's always struck me as a more realistic one that some other fantasy stories.  There's no clear-cut good and evil, just people.  Main characters die.  People make decisions not for the greater good, but for their own, selfish purposes.  And sometimes there's a lull in the storm.

Seeing as this "lull" involves kidnappings, power struggles, an imminent rebellion, and SO MUCH PLOTTING, I think I can hang in there until the plots come to fruition.

What's your take on the 5th season of Game of Thrones?  Are you bored or fascinated?  What do you think's going to happen next?

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1 comment:

  1. Hmmm I have not even heard of this show?! I need to catch up on a lot, obviously!!!


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