Game of Thrones Season 7 premiered last Sunday evening on HBO. Finally! It felt like an eternity since season 6 ended. If you aren’t a fan of Game of Thrones, why? It’s one of the best epic fantasy stories since Lord of the Rings. Do you even know of any others?
It’s fantasy and realism at the same time. The universe is fantasy but the characters feel so real. They are all so multi-dimensional. You hate some with a passion, like Cersei, but also see she is capable of love. She loves her children, yet they, like everyone in her life,
are were sometimes just pawns in her “game”.
One of my hobbies since entering the world of Game of Thrones is discussing theories with other fans about what is to come. Most of these theories involve questions about what will be a certain character’s next move, or what is a certain character’s true intention. What does Littlefinger really want from or for Sansa? Can Jon Snow really trust her? What does Sansa really see her role as at Jon’s side?
Also, dragons. I love any story with dragons.
I’ll admit – I was late to “the game” when it comes to watching Game of Thrones. My older sister had been a fan from the beginning and kept encouraging me to give it a try. I had seen the opening part of the first episode and it just wasn’t enough to pique my interest.
I had also seen the infamous Red Wedding scene before I was actually a fan and at the time, felt even less likely to dive in to the series after seeing all the gore in that bloody scene.
It wasn’t until I had a week off of work one summer three years ago and had just recently purchased a new Nook HD that I finally decided to sit down and give this Game of Thrones series a chance.
I purchased the first season on my Nook, put in my earbuds, and relaxed outside in the summer sun…and after that the rest is history. I went through the first four seasons that week and in anticipation of season five, purchased the first book of the series and started reading that.
What is sleep? Game of Thrones!!!
For the next three months, as I was reading through George R. R. Martin’s book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, my co workers were concerned about me. I’d stumble to my desk 15, 20 minutes late and sit there for another 5 rubbing the sleep out of my eyes.
“Are you feeling, okay?” They would ask me.
And then, with red eyes bulging out of my head I would simply exclaim, “Game of Thrones!!!”
I was reading the books in bed before I went to sleep at night, but that’s the thing – the story was so good that I couldn’t fall asleep. If I did fall asleep, I was quickly awoken by my Nook tipping over and smacking me in the face, which would scare me – and hurt me – awake and I would go right back to reading.
Sometimes I would read until the sun started to come up, and other nights I would let myself sleep a little and then wake up and read some more before getting ready to go to work.
I’ll admit, too – I did take my Nook to work and read “only on my lunch breaks…” *winky face*
Come on, George… get to writing!
So now here we are, I’ve finished the books and the show is now chronologically past the point in the story at which the book series left off.
I was very concerned about this during season 6, but I think the show was successful in condensing the various plots and using characters to fill plot holes while keeping the story moving forward. There are several characters with fates unknown in the books that are now confirmed to be alive in the show.
Now my only concern is, with season 7 and season 8 having less episodes, yet longer running times, will the show be able to conclude the story line without rushing through any important parts or leaving out anything important? I suppose we won’t really know the answer to that until Martin finishes his books…if he finishes his books.
Please! Get to writing!