So I have promised this won’t be a post dedicated to Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) although I am a big fan of his but instead focuses on the brilliant TV programme that is Game of Thrones. I was being bugged to watch this series for a long time, since last summer would you believe and I watched a couple of episodes and deemed it not for me. However, I was persuaded again this summer to watch it and I was so glad that I tried for a second time. I can officially say I am addicted to the show now and have come to love most of the characters which I know isn’t a good idea since most of them face a brutal death. The producers have no problems in displaying how graphically the characters die which at times can be too much for my eyes to bear but I know it’s only a matter of time before it gets worse.
Unfortunately, I haven’t caught up to Season 4 yet so I would appreciate it if none of you would spoil it for me. What I do know though, is that Season 4, episode 8 was extremely gruesome and I was stupid enough to look at spoilers that came up on Facebook which has ruined it for me! It’s my own fault though and I’m still looking forward to carrying on despite knowing what happens. I am on season 3 now which I am yet to watch because sadly I have had too many late nights watching numerous episodes and my body is beginning to hate me. I aim to catch up soon though so I can chat about it to those who got me into it and actually understand all the spoilers and memes that contaminate the internet. I think I enjoyed the end of season 2 the most so far where the Baratheon’s come to take over the Iron Throne and a fight breaks out between them and the Lannisters.
Although I hate the Lannisters I can’t help but like the highly intelligent, funny imp that is Tyrion Lannister. He not only rebels against his sister’s (Cersei) wishes but isn’t afraid to speak out against his Nephew, Joffrey whom is king. Tyrion is hand to the king and in my opinion one of the most lovable and wittiest characters there is. I think it is highly unlikely that they will kill him off although it has been suggested in recent episodes. Things that surprised me in this series (there are many!) was the beheading of Ned Stark at the end of Season 1. I guess I was expecting it sort of after what he did but, not only were his children watching, he was also a great character whom I thought was essential to the storyline…obviously not!
Another thing that I couldn’t get my head around was the way in which poor Sansa was shipped off to be Joffrey’s wife without consent and subjected to his awful ways. I know this was the norm back then but it seems horrible that a woman would barely know her husband before they wed like Ned and Caetlyn Stark who hadn’t met before they got married. Even the younger children didn’t get it easy such as Ayra whom is taken prisoner and has to fend for herself alone in the woods. Also one of my favourite characters, she is a strong, brave young girl who fights to get away from her captors. No doubt they will kill her off eventually.
It is a show that really keeps you on the edge of the seat due to the unexpectedness of literally everything. It proves that no characters are safe, much like people throughout their life, and strictly no one can be trusted, and again it rings true to real life. The storylines are complex but so vividly thought out that it isn’t hard to sit down and realise you have got through about 5 episodes or even a whole series. The TV programme follows the books to a certain extent but certain elements are changed about for the screen or down to the directors and producers preferences.
I’m not quite sure on all the differences since I haven’t watched it for very long so bear with me if this all seems a bit simple. I would recommend it to everyone who wants to try something new. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s so shocking that you can’t help but watch it. Be warned if you can’t cope with gory images then it won’t be for you, it’s extremely graphic but I surprised myself with how well I’ve coped actually since I don’t like gore at all. Also, there is a lot of strong language throughout which is only a sign of the times but still and the sexual content is also high, most notably because of the time period in which it is set. However, don’t let these things deter you, it is a HBO drama so it is bound to be pretty good in my opinion since they have produced the likes of The Wire and Sex and The City. If that doesn’t get you excited then just watch it for Peter Dinklage who is a class actor 😉