I’m sure a lot of people will hate me for this post, and that’s fine; please feel free to let me know in the comments! I recently moved in with my boyfriend, who is a big fan of Game of Thrones despite not yet seeing the two most recent series. Because I’m such a great girlfriend I agreed to start watching from the first series with him.
My curiosity was piqued when it first came out because loads of my friends raved about it but I never got around to watching it for myself. At the time I was massively in to Sons of Anarchy and any TV-watching time I had was taken up by that.
I’m not the biggest fan of fantasy. Much of my criticism about Game of Thrones isn’t anything to do with the quality of the show and is mainly down to my inability to concentrate and take any of it in. My little brain just doesn’t seem to be able to comprehend complicated stories about mythical beings and fantasy lands unless it is put into really, really simple terms, so much of Game of Thrones was totally lost on me; I saw the adorable baby dire wolves in the first episode and spent the rest of that episode squealing about how cute they were rather than paying any attention, so anything I don’t understand is kind of my own fault. And the puppies. Blame the puppies.
What I do like about GoT are some of the individual characters, although some of them I hate and want to punch (I’m looking at you, King Joffrey). The family and relationship dramas that go on amongst all the fighting and fantasy are what keeps me interested.
My other half and many friends and colleagues who are fans of the show had built GoT up so much in my mind that I had very high expectations. I was expecting a thrill ride, a tumultuous and exciting series that’d have me enthralled from the start so I was very surprised when the series started to literally bore me to sleep. Perhaps it’s just simply not my ‘thing’, which is fine; given the fact that so many thousands of people absolutely love the show I’d say that I am probably a very small and insignificant minority. I’m cool with that.
I recently watched Outlander, which was likened somewhere online to the soccer mum’s Game of Thrones. I can see why some might think it a tamer, more female ‘soccer mum’ type of show, however I’ve got to be completely honest, I found Outlander to be far more exciting to watch. Antagonist ‘Black Jack’ (Tobias Menzies) was far more formidable than any of the antagonists in GoT, particularly that little squirt Joffrey who I’d quite happily poke in the eye. I’m not saying that Outlander is better, but if I had to pick a fantasy adventure type TV series that keeps me enthralled and excited I’d pick that over GoT any day.
It probably doesn’t help that I fell asleep during several episodes, or that my attention kept drifting to other things like Word Buzz (which is the latest game I’ve become addicted to playing on my tablet!) but when we reached the penultimate episode I couldn’t help but wonder (out loud, which annoyed my other half somewhat) whether anything had happened at all. He told me that he thought the first series was ‘amazing’, and couldn’t believe what I’d said because, in his mind ‘lots had happened’. He berated me for falling asleep too many times and not paying attention,and maybe that’s the reason. But to be honest even if I’d been completely awake throughout the whole series I can’t help but think I’d still feel the same; not much really happened. And my God the dialogue scenes are SO FUCKING LONG! It’s no wonder I fell asleep so many times, Game of Thrones really pushes its dialogue to the absolute limit, and then some. It’s a sign of a shit story if a film or TV show has to explain itself that much. I get that it’s complicated and there’s a lot of characters with made up names to get to know; of course some explanation is necessary to set the scene but my God does it go on!
It wasn’t the exciting thrill ride I had been led to believe. It wasn’t the fantasy epic that I thought it’d be and sadly I’ve come away not giving a fuck about any of the characters and not remotely hooked on the story. I don’t know about dragons, but it certainly did drag-on.