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Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by Dr Jekell, Nov 4, 2012.
I have heard the phrase" Game of Thrones" many times but I have no idea what it is about.
Think of a soap opera right... But instead of characters you have medieval kingdoms. There's the poor kingdom trying to get by, the old noble kingdom, the shady mean kingdom, the kingdom with family problems, the kingdom that's in the closet, etc. And soap opera stuff happens. People promise to get married then go get married to someone else, betray eachother, think they have eachother figured out then PLOT TWIST...
The thing I like about it is how they did magic and fantasy elements. The common people on the show like soldiers and villagers never see much magic. There's an undead army in the frozen north no one believes is real and every kingdom has a strand of a little supernatural something going on that only a few people know about. The more people know, the less 'amazing' it is, like a queen who has three little pet dragons. Lots of people see those but they're just cute baby dragons, not big ones.
It means they can have all that in the show without turning the whole show into jargon and taking over the setting and plot like LOTR or Star Trek.
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There's also some nudity in it. You know, so that guys will watch it.
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Good film, I thought, despite seeming to be about rounders, you know, that game girls play
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Ugh. The last thing I would compare Game of Thrones to is a soap opera.
While it is ostensibly an fantasy series, it's darker, grittier, and more realistic than anything that's come before. Yes, there are supernatural elements, but for the most part the series does not rely on them to propel the story. The real drama comes from the characters trying to survive some incredibly difficult circumstances.
In broad strokes, Game of Thrones is about a medieval style continent called westeros and the civil war that erupts between the seven ruling kingdoms when the king dies. There are questions about the legitimacy of the kings heirs, and everyone starts scheming for their piece of the pie. Old vendettas that have been suppressed for years suddenly flare up again, and the realm is plunged into war and chaos.
The timing for all of this chaos is particularly bad because this world suffers from long and unpredictable winters. Winter usually lasts a few years, and bad winters can last ten years or more. The war has caused many of the kingdoms to be short of food for the winter as various armies have pillaged across the land, and in many cases the crops have not been able to be harvested.
To make matters worse, there is an impending invasion from the north by an ancient army of supernatural creatures that can raise the dead to fight for them. Only a handful of people know they're coming, and most of the realm is too busy fighting each other to realise that there's an external threat that can destroy them all.
While this could have been very soap-operaesque, it's very different in terms of storytelling. From the get-go, the author has been subverting the typical expectations that most viewers have of how a fantasy series is supposed to work. We've been trained by storytellers for thousands of years to expect certain things to happen. The good guys win, the bad guys get their comeuppance, and the prince and princess live happily every after.
Game of Thrones is NOT a happily ever after kind of story.
Not only to the good guys not win, they fail spectacularly, because their opponents were smarter. The bad guys are often so compelling that you want both sides to win. Everybody's plans come apart at some point because something unexpected throws a monkeywrench into their plans. Nobody walks away unscathed.
It's brave, ballsy, groundbreaking television that tells a story like nothing you'll see anywhere else.
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I'm watching the latest episode of Defiance.
I had them on all day today.