G is for Game of Thrones, which should be followed by H, for heartbreak. If you haven’t read the books or seen the shows, do not read this post, as I have no idea how to discuss it at all without including spoilers. I’ll be covering the TV series instead of the books. I had intended to read the books, but then George R.R. Martin quit turning them out in a timely manner, and I figured the show was a big enough source of heartbreak, I didn’t need to add an unquenched need for the next books to my life.
We didn’t see the first couple of seasons as they aired, but the first episode of season 3 played on a different channel, as a hook to draw in unsuspecting fans, and we started paying for HBO and bought the previous seasons on DVD. Life hasn’t been the same since.
Loves and hates…
At least once a year we have a family conversation centered on who our current favorite characters are. First season, my favorite was Eddard Stark. Sigh… After that, it became more difficult to choose. I’ve always liked Aria Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrian Lannnister, and Daenerys, Targaryen, and my favorite is always one of them.
My son hated Daenerys for a while, both the character and the acting, but we recently learned that the actress, Amelia Clark, suffered two brain aneurisms and aphasia after the first season, so that’s explained. Her character did, however, make some pretty bad decisions. Sam Tarly has also become a favorite – I’m hoping that he really will become a wizard.
As for our most hated characters, there are so many to choose from! Occasionally, good people do bad things, but in general, bad people are BAD! Shouting intended. The only thing that makes up for having to witness their evil actions is watching the creative ways that they are brought down. It should be interesting to see what they dream up for Cersei Lannister. And who will kill her? Aria? Tyrion? Jamie Lannister? Or someone we wouldn’t expect at all? It’s got to be someone, if that woman lives in the end, I will never re-watch the series again.
As for characters dying, there sure is a lot of that, good and bad. Sometimes it seems as though new characters are introduced for the sole purpose of capturing our hearts, and then crushing them. I really liked the Viper.
The final season!
And now with the final season coming up, we have to figure out a way to get HBO, as it was removed from our provider. I wish we had a better internet connection, then we could just buy the app. And we simply have to get it, because we have to see what happens! Who will become king or queen of Westeros? Will it even be brought back under one rule, or split up? It’s rumored that the ending will be bittersweet… so what the heck does that mean? And how exactly did Tyrion get Cersei to at least pretend to accept the truce? Did he promise her something terrible? The way he looked when he saw Jon going into Daenerys’ room makes me fear that he sold Jon out – I hope I’m wrong. If I’m right, that bittersweet ending could be the death of one of them.
Arg, I need answers!
In the coming months, look out for our retrospective, episode discussions and more. We’ll both be blogging on our favourite and no so favourite bits, and will warn you if there are spoilers!