Why we don’t talk about Game of Thrones anymore
On April 17, 2011, a new HBO drama about Warring Families, Frozen Zombies, and CGI Dragons premiered, and whether you love it or hate it, the kind of impact just can’t be denied. Game of thrones wasn’t just on TV, not just about pop culture, but the world at large. Its epic journey was a wild, strange and fascinating adventure, and to mark the occasion, Collider presents “What Is Ten May Never Die”, a ten week retrospective on the legacy of the series – what we fondly remember. , what we wish we could forget, and everything in between.
In the two years since Game of thrones last blood spilled on our screens, the most notable aspect of its legacy has become its absence. Although he won 59 Emmy Awards and countless other accolades for HBO over his eight seasons, despite the extremely dedicated fan base he has amassed, the main reason the show is a topic of conversation. these days is when we talk about the little we talk about. he.
The power that Thrones handled like a series always came down to the perception that no one was safe, that dogs and children and the like were just as vulnerable as the good and bad men and women who inhabit this world. But over the seasons, what stands out is that it never really crystallized around a central message. There were some top notch movies involved, and years of familiarity ensured a certain level of emotional engagement with the main cast. But what was it ultimately for? The fact that the show was so disinterested in the answer to this question is ultimately why it took almost no time for it to slip out of our memories.
To get a little meta on things (call it my “A song of ice and fire by Samwell Tarly “), a recurring element of the What Is Ten May Never Die project (in which this will be the last entry) was how the series may have slipped from our memories, in a relatively short period of time. had six giant Stark wolves, and you’d better believe that before I did the research to write about their history, I could only remember the fates of two of them. The impact of Ned Stark (Sean Bean) Death extended far beyond the series, but it was executed so well (sorry) that it deserved greater appreciation. And can you believe how many video games have been created related to the Thrones Mark? So much!
Having said that, there are a lot of things that I haven’t forgotten Game of thrones and that includes a lot of good memories. But all of them are very ingrained in the experience of watching the show in the moment, the breathtaking and heartbreaking shocks, the common feeling that emerges from it. And even if we like to shit on this last season, I enjoyed the small and the big moments of triumph: Brionne de Tarth get it, Tyrion is finally getting the power we know he will put to good use, with Arya being the one who will ultimately defeat the Night King. As Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel himself!) Said when I interviewed him this spring: “The whole way of watching television was already changing. I mean, now we’re all in the streaming and frenzy. But Game of thrones kind of straddled that transition and really brought us back to a place where it was exciting to watch this show together and at the same time. ”
It’s beating a dead werewolf to mention the show’s drop in quality happened just like the showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss had to forge beyond George RR Martinthe original novels in their own narration, but honestly that was only part of the problem, as there were countless instances where Benioff and Weiss made clever changes or additions to the story of the earlier books. . In reality, however, the problem can be attributed to how the show’s themes were ultimately lost in the blood, sweat, and battles that became the show’s raison d’être.
You could say that Game of thrones was so quickly thrown back into the shadows due to its unsatisfactory ending, but consider X files, a show that was for a time one of the most dominant forces in pop culture, and also suffered from an unsatisfying ending – arguably, four separate, considering the “series finale “from the original season 9, the very bad 2008 movie I want to believe, the painful cliffhanger of season 10 of the show in 2016, and then the season 11 finale which was so bad it might or might not be the reason why Gillian anderson said she was done playing Scully for good. (Credit due to Alisha Grauso for doing this comparison on Twitter this week.)
Again X files still resonates, largely based on her iconic, genre-defying character when first performed. And even during its less successful moments, there was still a Something happening there thematically – marveling at the mysteries of the universe, hoping that there might be more than we understand beneath the surface of monotony, faith in the best of humanity making what he can to fight the worst.
It can be argued that Game of thrones was also interested in this kind of triumph of good over evil, as well as the recurring theme of never underestimating a person based on their gender, age, or ability. But the waters were constantly clouded by the series’ reliance on the shock value that defined so many of its most memorable moments, to the point where that shock value became the baseline. What is the deep significance of Jaime and Cersei’s death in the rubble of Kings’ Landing? Or the descent into madness of Daenerys? We’ve written a whole list of plot threads Benioff and Weiss overlooked during the series, but these questions represent the real holes of Game of thrones.
If you can’t stand something, you will fall in love with anything, said Alexander Hamilton in a hip-hop musical. In other words: a series can survive a bad ending if it has something to say. But when something boils down to the show, that’s all that’s left in the credits, and the sustainability of the show is, quite simply, an oxymoron.
It’s a lesson that hopefully the folks who are currently working on the prequel series Dragon house keep in mind that production on this show is moving towards an unknown premiere date. Because we will look to this show for the same kind of thrills delivered by Game of thrones – although we may have trouble remembering why they were special.
Game of thrones is now streaming on HBO Max.
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