Game of Thrones: A Review; by Alan Watt

We all know Game of Thrones. If you don’t what cave have you been hiding in?

Written by George RR Martin and adapted as a HBO show that has set the bar for all other TV shows. It has shocked, amazed and given a lot to talk about so I’ll try and break it down into two simple points.

What I like about Game of Thrones

A long list you might assume but lets look at the basics.

The visuals

The sets, costumes and cinematography all look stunning. The fantasy world of Westeros seems so real. From the beautiful architecture of King’s Landing to the immense wall guarded by the nights watch.

The characters

Spicy, well written and well acted. Being nice gets you nowhere in Westeros. Everyone has their own agenda and even the ‘good guys’ aren’t typically good. (Except perhaps Ned Stark 😛 )

It’s not often I enjoy following a show week to week. I have always been more of a binge watch person but the comings and goings of the characters definitely have you tuning in to see more.

A special shout to Maisie William’s portrayal of Arya Stark, Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, Natalie Dormer’s portrayal of Maergery Tyrell and of course the queen we all love to hate Lena Heady’s Cersei Lannister.

Game of Thrones is brilliantly cast and well directed. Although in her first scenes I felt Gwen Christie’s performance of Brien of Tarth was wooden and forced I have decided that it is just part of the character and have accepted it as her charm.

The plot

Red weddings, purple weddings, red vipers and mountains (You all know what I mean). The plot for Game of Thrones has been transferred from enjoyable book to can’t miss television. The plot gets thicker each season and I for one can’t wait to see what else is in store.

What I don’t like:

It wouldn’t be a full review if I didn’t discuss the things about the show that I don’t like so here goes:

Shock value

Although it was adapted from the book series I can’t help but feel that some of the plot lines have been thrown in deliberately for shock value. It has plenty of gripping content. That should be enough to draw the audience without reducing to soft core porn.

Taking my favourites

I loved Rob and I supported him as King of the North – mistake. Oberyn Martell quickly became my favourite. He was cool, exciting to watch had the nickname red viper, awesome! That was also a mistake. Catelyn Stark was a little more than awesome in a world where the women are either manipulative witches or put upon girls she stood out as tough but fair. Damnit.

I am holding onto hope that the Black Fish has managed to escape…

Jon Snow is boring

The battle of the bastards was brilliant, there is no denying that, but when it comes to scenes with Jon Snow I feel I have to stifle my yawns. To me his character is dull and Kit Harrington is a little robotic and forgettable. If it hadn’t been for the fact that he was up against Ramsay Bolton (who is always compelling to watch) I wonder how good that battle would have seemed then. It was the same when reading the books. I was often close to skipping Jon’s chapters.

Where exactly are you going with this?

We all know that Danaerys is going to return to Westeros and retrieve her family’s throne, right? Maybe. It’s been six seasons so far and the most we have seen is her taking some other places, sit in a pyramid and her dragons getting bigger. The season six finale suggested she was on her way. The trailer confirmed this but given the time it has taken so far we’ll just have to wait and see. Perhaps Jon Snow will take the iron throne. Given the way that the prose is written sometimes it seems like the author is making it up as he goes along and there is no long term plot.

All in all, you cannot ask for much better than Game of Thrones. There is a reason why it is the most talked about, most watched and most successful TV show ever. It has it all and it comes highly recommended.

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