Game Of Thrones isn’t the show we need. It’s the show we deserve.
I’m not saying that Game of Thrones is the best show on television…but indeed it is the best by far. And the first reason I can think of why this is, is because it is not a show for people seeking happy endings.
We watch comedies and dramas on television, seeing beautiful people meet other beautiful people, and finding their happy resolutions. And how does this make us feel? Happy? Not really. These stories paint incredulous fantastical ideals, of which we will unlikely reach.
In the Game Of Thrones however, there is no happy ending. Come to think of it, there isn’t even an ending, at the pace George R. R. Martin is writing the books.
Sure there will be episodes where you cheer when someone dies and justice is prevailed. Then again, the big war foretold in the first episode of the first season hasn’t even begun yet.
So if you’re looking for happy tales,”It’s certainly not what Ice and Fire is. It tries to be more realistic about what life is. It has joy, but it also has pain and fear. I think the best fiction captures life in all it’s light and darkness.” (George R. R. Martin)
Secondly, there is no good or evil. At least, there is no line that separates between the two. Sure, Joffrey’s a huge dick and evil personified, but take a look at him this way, he is/was a spoilt kid who was suddenly given this power over the people. I would say his behavior is circumstantial, not very different from the spoilt brats you might find in your own neighborhood. You know the ones.
And right when you proudly label selected characters into the bad column (or otherwise), the show introduces other dynamics like a grandfather, a castration or rape, which twists a knife into the character enough for us to feel pity.To be continued…
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
(Dead Poets Society, 1989)