Game of Thrones

There are several potential spoilers in this post so read at your own risk.

I am a huge fan of this series.  I began by watching season one of the show on HBO a couple years ago and then picked up the first book one day.  About 6000 pages later I have been more than a bit obsessive as a reader.  I own all the books on audio tape and over time have listen to each one of them in turn at least three times a piece.  I love these books and this epic world of never ending conflict.  There is so much to be learned from it and I do in fact think I have learned quite a few things from this series.  Having said all that I must say watching the show has now become very difficult.  There is just no possible way for the show to live up to expectations from a reader’s point of view.  Season one was pretty good but the story was so much smaller back then.  When they reached Clash of Kings in season 2 the story expanded so much that the show seemed too askew to me.  The story was simply too large and too epic to fit within the time frame or budget restraints of a network television show.

I have liked parts of season three here and there.  I’ll admit that the depiction of Daeynerys sacking the city of Astopor was one of the coolest things I have ever seen in any TV show.  Each episode this year I will admit has offered a scene or two that I think was incredible and enjoy the opportunity of being able to see.  When writing about the series I don’t really know which direction to go.  At this point in the series there are so many open story lines that there is a chance to offer elaboration to so much. To start with I want to begin with Theon.  First of all, we don’t really find out what is going on with Theon until book five and by then he is barely Theon at all.  In fact, when you find out what is going on with him he is Reek, “Reek, Reek, it rhymes with weak”. Reek is the product of the Bastard of Bolton, Ramsey Snow/Bolton. Ramsey tortures Theon until there is absolutely nothing left of him, he isn’t even a shadow of himself and is actually more like a dog that just does what you tell it.  He takes several of his fingers and toes, knocks most of his teeth out, and cuts off “that other thing,” presumably his manhood.

Ramsey’s father, Lord Roose Bolton is actually involved in a scheme that will unfortunately bring an end to the story line of our young wolf king.   I took it hard when reading the books because Robb was without doubt my favorite and the next in line after Eddard who I initially thought to be the greatest because he was played so brilliantly by Sean Bean. Unfortunately the story progresses so far that you reach a point where Eddard and Robb Stark don’t even matter anymore and there is little left of their name in the midst of the conflict at hand. What’s funny is you reach a point where Sansa is the greatest hope for the Starks.  Let me ask you something honestly, when Sansa is the greatest hope for your family is it really worth going on at all?  I’m just kidding but come on, she can’t step into the shoes of her older brother no way no how and there is no beating around the bush.

I might update this post a couple more times as the week progresses.  If you have any pressing questions about this series or what might potentially happen based on what went down in the book then by all means leave me a comment and I will get back to you.  Of course the show has proven time and again to be much different than the written series but if there is something you want to know then I would be happy to help.  When it comes to this show I am literally not capable of being an objective observer.  However I can’t help but be impressed with many things they have done this season.  Personally I believe that this show should be made for the readers of the book and not new people who don’t know any better about how deep it all goes.

I have to be a work early in the AM so I’m cutting this shorter than it would otherwise be but let me know about any lingering questions about the series.  I’m obsessed enough to love the opportunity to discuss it and the possibilities to come that it presents.

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9 comments

  1. Great article mate, pretty much sums up how I feel about the show and books. One thing that did annoy me was that Theons story in the show ruined the fifth book for me, as im still reading it now. I would have had no idea Reek was Theon until the second/third reek chapter, but pieced it together from the shows torture scenes which took away that element of supride!.

    1. Enjoy the rest of the fifth book, no doubt plenty of great things left to come. Brace yourself though, once you finish you will join the rest of us in the never ending wait for the next book. For an obsessive fan like me the wait is unbearable and ongoing.

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