The world’s worst blogger is back!
I’ve only seen the first two seasons and read half a book in the series, but since it’s the 20th and I’ve already (okay, since episode five season one) put Game of Thrones at #2 on my favourite TV series, I figured this post was in order anyway. Spoilers for seasons 1 and 2 following.
Lannisters are horrible people (that being said – they’re also my favourite family), but frankly, almost everyone in Game of Thrones is that – yet we have Tyrion, who is the greatest fucking character ever. He’s the perfect combination of courage, wit, sarcasm and heart.
Direwolves and dragons and whatnot has been or shall come – majestic animals are always welcome between the complicated powerstruggles of people.
Daenerys and Khal Drogo
I felt guilty for it, but holy crap, once they got on the right foot, these two were the most awesome pairing in the series, so unlikely and all the more precious for that. The scene above was so twisted, so wicked, so goddamn great.
Brienne of Tarth
The banter between Brienne and Jaime made some of my favourite scenes in season 2, and it’s refreshing to see a woman as badass as the men. (Sansa and Arya are girls still.)
movie–quality epic scenes
The Battle of Blackwater Bay is the perfect example of Game of Thrones’ ability to create scenes that easily rival real movies, especially in terms of CGI. Even with each episode costing arount 6 million dollars, it’s unbelievably well done – the ships, the wildfire, the sword–fighting. Brilliant.
Cersei is one of the most interesting characters in GoT – and Lena Headey made it so. She began as a simple villain, but evolved into so much more – a queen, a mother, a lover, a human being.
the title sequence
For me, the journey across the map of Westeros and the title track is the perfect time to unconnect from the real world and get into the right frame of mind to enter the fantastically fucked–up world of Game of Thrones.
when pyrotechnics stole the show
The battle of Blackwater Bay was a magnificent sight, but the green wildfire was simply stunning.
Melisandre’s shadow children
In a creepy show, this scene was, hands down, the creepiest. And genius in a twisted way, too.
when Viserys got crowned
Before I hated Joffrey, I viciously hated Viserys – “I would let his whole tribe fuck you, all forty thousand men and horses too” – and even though I had to fight the urge to throw up, I cheered at him getting molten gold poured over his head. Not only did Viserys get what he deserved, we got to see the side of Khal Drogo we liked.
when Joffrey gets slapped
Speaking of Joffrey – every time Joffrey gets slapped, it slaps a smile to my face.
epic, complicated storylines
This is usually downside to a TV series, but the way GoT makes all these kingdoms, houses and people work so that even the ones that haven’t read the books can understand, is nothing short of amazing. There is great attention to detail – while George R. R. Martin gets some credit here, it’s just as stunning how a single glance tells us whether we’re with Daenerys in Qarth, with Jon Snow on the Wall, or in Winterfell with Catelyn. There is dedication in every scene, to every castle, to the colouring of any scene and to every word in Dothraki language.
Winter is Coming
The pilot episode was perfect. And when I talk about the “pilot episode”, you all know what I mean. I mean the scene where we had Jaime and Cersei, and then they were fucking, and then Jaime pushed Bran out of the window.
when it’s funny
Nobody will ever mistake Game of Thrones as a comedy, but in the midst of all the beheading and sword–fighting and tits, the HBO gods know that a laugh here and there only gives to the show. Especially when Dinklage is involved – but Dany screaming after her dragons and
the child actors are fantastic
This phrase is not said often – actually, I don’t remember I’ve ever thought this about a TV show. Bran and Arya are absolutely brilliantly acted, and their storylines are just as relevant as Ned Stark’s or King Robert’s. It’s truly nothing short of stunning.
you might stumble on anyone
With a cast this big, some pleasant surprises are bound to happen. For me, these surprises have been Tonks from Harry Potter, Cassie from Skins, and Fairley from Suits. I think it’s a lot of fun, having such a big cast – there’s more history and context to the actors, it reveals their talent.
anything can happen
Things I never saw coming: the beheading of Ned Stark. Jaime and Cersei. Jaime pushing Bran out of a window. Geoffrey being a child of incest. Viserys getting the golden crown. Nipple slicing. Battle of Blackwater. Dany getting dragons. The Red fucking Wedding (I know it’s coming, how could I not – even though it’s going to be another season.) This show is a fucking rollercoaster and the writers aren’t afraid of anything.
when Theon got knocked unconcious
But truth be told, the speech was pretty great.
everybody has their story…
…and gets to tell it. In Game of Thrones, there is a plethora of important characters. They might do something downright awful in one episode and something completely altruistic and thoughtful in the next. Everyone’s floating in a moral gray area.
it’s on HBO
I know HBO has its issues, but HBO is also a place where there are no limits. And Game of Thrones couldn’t happen if there were limits.
I hope to revisit this list after I’ve seen season 3 and cringe at how much I missed and how different everything was back then. (Fun fact: while writing this post, I watched three episodes of the third season.) Yet, until then – what are your favourite things about the awesome, epic Game of Thrones?