Okay, today, I want to chat about Game of Thrones!!!
Back in March, I told Andrew that I would watch it as his anniversary present. It’s his very favorite show, and he had been asking me for years to watch it, so I thought, what the heck, I’ll watch. I mean, my mom loved it, my friend Brooke loved it, surely I would love it.
Until the end.
Now, I’m one of those people who loved it.
It’s so twisted.
Now that I’ve finished watching it, I’m dying to discuss it. So, that’s what’s happening today. I’m going to give some thoughts here and then I hope we can chat more about it in the comment section. I did not like the show at all for months, but now that it’s over, I’m going to eat my words and say, that I really loved it. Now that I know how it all plays out in the end, it makes me really appreciate what I saw at the beginning. Does that make sense? I’m even contemplating starting over and watching it again because I really think I’ll enjoy it SO MUCH MORE now. Yes, I don’t understand either…but that’s how I feel! I really liked it. If you’ve started it and stopped, I get that. If it weren’t for my commitment to Andrew, I would have too, but I’m so happy now that I saw it through to the end. I really liked Game of Thrones. (I know, I’m shocked myself.)
Okay, moving forward. THERE ARE SPOILERS ON HERE!!! PLEASE STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS. I’M NOT HOLDING BACK, SO IT WILL RUIN IT FOR YOU. DON’T READ THE COMMENTS EITHER.
ERIKA AND MEAGAN, I’M TALKING TO YOU.
I’M GOING TO SPOIL IT FOR YOU.
Okay, if you’re still reading below this line, you’ve been warned.
After six months of watching and some 75ish episodes, I have all the thoughts about GOT. This list is random, not in order and just a complete mix of what’s pouring out of my head, so bear with me.
Here we go:
1: I’m so glad that Andrew lied to me throughout the entire thing. I would say “I don’t like shows with dragons” and he would say “You barely see the dragons; they don’t play a big part.”. LIE. I would say “I don’t like the mother of dragons. She’s one of my least favorite characters”. He would say “Oh, she’s not a main character.”. LIE. I would say “I hate when those zombies are in the show!” and he would say “You never see them again.”. LIE. So, he lied, but it kept me watching. Generally speaking, I don’t like any TV shows/movies that include: fantasy, violence, torture, dragons, excessive cursing, excessive nudity, everyone dying, shows that are set in the past, shows that are set in the future and zombies, so clearly, this was NOT a show I would watch on my own accord, BUT, I really did like it…after season six.
2: I had a hard time enjoying the show up until season six because EVERYONE KEPT DYING! Once I realized that no character was safe (I mean, the two actors listed first in the opening credits of season one both died by the end of the season), I was like “no one is safe, don’t “like” anyone because they’ll end up dead”. And then, I eased up a bit and started liking people thinking “surely at this point, they won’t kill off main characters”…and then there was the Red Wedding. Sigh.
3: My favorite characters were Jon, Tyrion, Jamie and Sansa…but I lived in fear of their demise the entire time and couldn’t “relax” while watching the show. Now that I know how it ends, I actually think I could go back and watch it from the beginning (words I NEVER thought I’d say!!!!) and enjoy it more knowing who lives and who dies. I needed some sort of program guide from the beginning that said “Don’t love Ned too much, he dies. Don’t love Rob too much, he dies. It’s okay to love Tyrion, he makes it through the series to the bitter end.”.
4: I truly only almost quit watching once and that was when they burned that poor little girl alive. I hated that. HATED IT. I took a two week break from watching after that, but ended up resuming. Other than that, even when I didn’t like it, I kept going. That part was just horrible to me.
5: I love, love, loved so many of the “sub” characters and was so happy that in seasons 7 and 8, they all came together!! So many of my favorites (like Sam and Brienne!) were great sprinkled throughout the series, but I was excited when they all were in scenes together playing off each other. I loved how it ended with them around the table with Tyrion. For a show that liked a lot of “shock value” when it came to killing people you liked, I thought it ended perfectly with those characters and Tyrion. LOVED THAT.
6: Those first few seasons of GOT had SO MUCH nudity and sex in them. Like so much. I’m okay with bits and pieces, but it was, in my opinion, overkill. I had so many of YOU tell me to keep watching because after the first few seasons, that goes away and you were exactly right! I don’t exactly know when that stopped, but at some point, nudity wasn’t a part of the show at all and it was more about the stories than the sex. Maybe season four or five? I don’t remember exactly when it stopped, but I enjoyed it much more after that!
7: I really liked season one, I thought season two was okay, I didn’t enjoy season three (there were so many characters that it was hard to keep up), I didn’t love seasons four or five, but all of a sudden, in season six, I thought it got much better and then I loved seasons seven and eight. It was like they finally stopped killing off people and the plot was really developed around the remaining characters. (And you know, I don’t handle all of that “killing people I like” stuff, so 7 and 8 were right up my alley!)
8: Every time the “many-faced God” thing showed up on my screen, I hated it. I didn’t enjoy that part at all. It was just weird to me. Now, I get that it made her a better fighter and in the end, it’s a good thing she had all of that training because she killed the main zombie guy 😉 , BUT those episodes weren’t my favorite, and I felt like they went on forever.
9: While I was watching the seasons, my mom would ask me how I liked it and I would say “oh, it’s okay” and her answer was always BUT DON’T YOU LOVE JON SNOW? Every time. My answer was always, you hardly ever see him! Now that I know how the series ends, I would like to go back and watch it because I do love Jon Snow, and the seasons at the end where he is in almost every scene are some of my favorites. In the earlier seasons, there were many episodes that barely showed him one bit, so I didn’t understand her “don’t you love Jon Snow” comment when I didn’t feel like I ever saw him…but now, I get it. I do love Jon Snow, Mom. A lot. 🙂
10: My only complaint really about the last two seasons were that I thought they might have used the CGI stuff a bit much. You know I had a hard time with the dragons (because they’re so unrealistic), so to see Jon and Daenerys riding around on them like a horse and fighting off armies of people was a biiiiiiiit too unrealistic for me (not that any of this show IS realistic, but that might have been a bit of a stretch in my opinion).
I was super nervous when I sat down with Andrew to watch the final episode. (We only watched two full episodes together…we watched season 6 episode 9 and the series finale together.) Because I had witnessed so many great deaths all in the name of GOT, I just knew Jon and Tyrion would die. I mean, what are the odds that my two favorite characters would live???? But they did! I actually really love, love, loved how it all wrapped up. I loved how Bran was now in charge, how Sansa would stay with the North, how Tyrion would be the hand and how Jon went back to the wall (which he had committed himself to at the beginning of the series). It was all very full circle for me…Ned Starks’ kids all grew up to be honorable people just like him. I loved it. I thought they each went off to do exactly what they needed to/should do. I thought this show was a true story of good verses evil, how love triumphs, how family sticks together…loved it.
Okay, all of you GOT people out there, I’d love to hear your favorite parts, least favorite parts, things you would change, things you thought were perfect…whatever in the comment section! Let’s discuss 🙂 .