I’ve had enough of the news this week, haven’t you? We need a distraction. I know! How about we discuss a show centered around political conspiracies, foreign intrigue, and nepotism?
Truth be told, I don’t watch the show, per se, and won’t be watching the Season Premiere tonight. Instead, I watch YouTube compilations of scenes from the show that focus on the characters and storylines I’m most interested in. Yes, I know, my attention span i
It’s funny because I didn’t like the show when I gave it a try a few years ago, mostly because the narrative style of jumping the story from character to character and taking several episodes to connect anything to anything drove me nuts. I couldn’t get into it.
My sister thought I was wrong, so she bought me the books. Once I read them, I found that I liked the story and the world, but was annoyed that the books use the exact same narrative style as the show. Frequently, I would find myself skipping ahead several chapters to find out what happened after a previous chapter detailing events involving a particular character left off. When I was satisfied, I’d go back and read the less engaging stuff I skipped.
I was perfectly content to not watch the show at all, but as you know GRRM isn’t in a big hurry to finish the novels. I pretty much had no choice but to get up to speed on the show’s divergences and follow along the best I could. Can’t say I have any desire to watch the show from the beginning even now though.
So which storylines and characters are most interesting to me, you may ask? The Lannisters and everything closely related to them, particularly events around King’s Landing. With Cersei, Joffrey, and Tywin they have the best and most hateable villains along with the lovable Tyrion and very complex Jaime (my favorite character). Their stories are those that I was most closely following. Of course, the show now has Tyrion with Dany so I’m forced to keep up with her (I think she’s dull so go on and strike me down with your hatred).
Anyway, let’s talk about it. Any predictions, hopes, or expectations for this season?
Feel free to drop spoilers after the episode airs.