Violence, brutality, unreal, pervy, these are some words that have become almost synonyms to the show Game of thrones, especially among those who don’t follow the plot. Loosely based on the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, the show is pretty much a rom-com if you compare to the book series. However, let me list out some of the reasons why people are drawn to this show despite the excruciating heartbreak caused by watching the brutal killings or torture of our beloved characters…
1. Protagonist Missing
While perfection is highly overrated in today’s world, people tend to forget that nobody is perfect. We are used to stories with one protagonist who is a pure angel, a few friends to the protagonist, one lover or two, their family members and one antagonist who is pure evil. This is unreal. This never happens. The world is not painted black and white. Game of Thrones beautifully portrays that. Even the most seemingly good or child have made mistakes that normal people make all the time. Simply put, imperfect characters add to the relatability, even though the show comes under fantasy genre set in the medieval era. We have also seen psychopaths whom we want to be dead but can somehow sympathise with because of their past.
2. Women as humans
This is one of my favourite aspects of the show. In most shows, women are portrayed as either a nerd with spectacles, a hot chick, a traditional girl or a pure evil slut and no other type ever seemed to exist. But this show has a king’s bodyguard, a girl who believes in fairy tales, a girl who dresses like a boy to save herself from being identified and killed, a lesbian, a very ambitious girl with just one goal: to be the queen, an evil queen who has children born of incest who would kill anybody to keep her children safe, a woman who tries to avenge her husband’s death and to save her kids, a woman who is forcibly married to a monster of a man whom she later kills, a woman assassin who trained her daughters also to be assassins; a warrior woman who tries to kill her lover because he lied to her and phew! But the most prominent one is this lady.
A girl being sold to an older man by her brother and then falls in love with her husband/rapist but kills him out of mercy to free him from his illness and becomes a queen who saved a few kingdoms from slavery. Can a character get any more twisted? Oh and she can just stroll in a wall of fire like no big deal and come out with no burns whatsoever! The list of names she is known as is longer than my resume. But the best part is that she is the Mother of Dragons! That takes us to the next point.
Who doesn’t love dragons? Beautiful magical creatures who breathe fire? What’s not to love? Whoever can control a dragon is the most powerful of all.
4. Power politics and survival of the mentally fittest
It doesn’t matter how physically strong the character is. The power of your mind can bring down the mightiest.
There is a character who literally went from rags to riches just with his strategies.
Another character would have been a nobody because he was castrated when he was a boy. He would have been ridiculed to death had it not been for his being a mastermind. He is one of the main advisors of the Queen’s council.
A dwarf, hated by his royal family, yet is so efficient solely because of his attitude.
Unlike other fiction, nice guys can’t save themselves by being nice. A nice guy would still have to play his cards right to survive. Virtues like honour won’t save you. That’s the bitter truth.
5. Prophecies, Foreshadowing and Flashbacks
The show is full of prophecies, foreshadowing and storytelling right from the first episode.
(One word for the fans. Hodor)
The stories of the past told by the elders are clearly distorted, just like our memories. Each has their own story, about the same entity. This forced the fans to start guessing the future of characters right from the beginning, giving rise to many new beautiful theories, and discussion forums.
The cinematography is one if the best. Just the recent episode aired last Sunday cost a whopping 10 million. The quality of this show is equivalent to that of Hollywood movies. Whether it’s the fights, the Night’s Watch, the direwolves, or the enormous insanely awesome dragons!
They are so good that they leave you in awe.
And makes you want to quote them even in daily situations.
When you play The Game of Thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground. – Cersei Lannister
Power resides where men believe it resides.
It’s a trick, a shadow on the wall.
And a very small man can cast a very large shadow. – Lord Varys
“Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?”- Tyrion Lannister
Need I say more?
Now that’s a difficult question. There are love stories, comedy, action, horror, gross, adult, historic period drama, fantasy and not to forget: dragons.
Oh, where do I even start about this? So many twists, so many back stories, so much heartache, so many lessons about the survival of the fittest. It has everything you wish for. The storyline is carefully woven together, it leaves no stones unturned to keep you at the edge of your seat every single time!
When I was politely kicked out of my clerical
job I had opted for while still trying to survive engineering, just like
any other Indian teenager, I was waiting for overwhelming sadness, but that did
not come. All I saw was new endless possibilities, finally stepping out of my
house and being a free bird.
It was one of those fantasies every person
has in their late teens – being independent. I informed my dad I am leaving for
Bangalore to search for a job. He offered to help me settle down in Bangalore
and make sure I was happy and safe, which I accepted graciously. Mom was
confused on whether to be sad that I would be going away or be happy that I am
finally ‘growing up’, while little sister was excited about having our shared
room all to herself.
Arriving in Bangalore, I was not sure if I
was feeling cold because of weather of January in a cool city like Bangalore,
or because of the nervous excitement that this city is going to be my new home,
where I can find myself. I reached my place, attended the interview and then
bid adieu to my dad.
I was supposed to be scared, but I was
surprised that I was elated, sad and lonely, all at the same time. I decided I
will just start searching for more interviews and an hour later, it started
raining outside. That was the scariest thunderstorm ever.
One particular thunder was so loud, I almost
knew something had gone wrong. The power was disconnected and my room was pitch
black. I had no candles. I went out with an umbrella to see what’s wrong and
saw many people had come out from their houses. A very old huge tree had fallen
and cut the electricity cables before landing. All stores were shut and there
was no way I could get any food or candles. I felt the loneliest and a bit
I decided to knock on my neighbor’s door to
borrow some candles. A sweet lady in her 50s answered. I explained my situation
and then asked for some candles. She observed my drenched state and asked me to
I was given a towel, a bowl of hot payasam
(porridge), and a thick blanket. Her two daughters were also having the payasam
and I immediately remembered me and my sister being taken care of just the same
way. I thanked the lady and left, promising myself to bring her a pack of
candles the next day. Before I could start missing my mom and sister in my dark
room, it was hail storming. I had never seen hailstorm in my life.
I was weirdly excited. I slouched in a chair
facing my open door with a thick blanket and realized: If I were with my
parents now, I would not have known the hailstorm in me that I needed to go
through. I did not know how I would overcome such a situation. I would still be
with my mom, happy and safe, but then how would I learn how to manage myself?
I had no idea how strong I was, until I went
through the dread of being alone in a tiny dark apartment with no candles, huge
ice pieces falling on my roof making so much noise that I could not hear my mom
on the phone, cooking in the light of a candle, living without electricity and
phone for the next 3 days.
Now, 6 years later, I am a native of
Bangalore. I have become very generous, calm, patient, and compassionate,
thanks to that lady who made me feel at home.
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