I Can’t Escape the Game of Thrones Hype
I keep up with Game of Thrones, but do I really enjoy watching it? After it killed off some of my favorite characters, and threatens to kill off more, I’m not sure if I’m anticipating or dreading the last few episodes.
From the weird relationships (incest everywhere) to gruesome violence and shocking betrayals, the fantasy series Game of Thrones has captivated and horrified fans. Sure, the show has fascinating characters and exciting twists and turns. But why do I keep watching a show that’s so morbid?
For me, Game of Thrones has always just been there. Before I started watching the show, I saw people around me reading the books. Online, I saw the “Winter is coming” memes. I wondered what it was all about.
My husband introduced me to it, but it took some time before I could really understand the plot and characters. I used to work evening shifts, and I’d come home and sometimes catch the end of the show. One time I walked in just as Jamie Lannister was getting his hand cut off. “Whoa!” I said. “But he kind of deserved that for what he did to Bran.”
My husband said, “Oh, no. Jamie’s becoming a good guy.”
“What?” I said.
In the years since then, I watched more of the show and, with the help of online guides, was able to (mostly) figure out the spiderweb plot and many characters. I think the show got more thrilling when it moved past the books. It was harder for people to spoil. But the hype is bordering on madness.
I get it. It’s the final season. But have you ever looked up something Game of Thrones-related? The Internet remembers.
All of my suggested content on YouTube and my Google news feed were suddenly filled with Game of Thrones clips or commentary. What do the costumes reveal about the characters? What does Sansa’s hairstyle say about the next season? What did a seemingly throwaway piece of dialogue foreshadow?
It’s fun to predict where the puzzle pieces will click into place, especially because no one knows what we’re in for. But seeing reminders again, and again, and again, just makes me realize that it’ll be a month and a half before I know the answers. And will the end of the show be satisfying? Of course not. I bet one of my favorite characters is going to get stabbed in the eye.
I know some people who don’t care about the show and have managed to avoid it for the last decade. I admire their dedication. Someone I know saw an image of the Iron Throne on TV and asked me, “Why does that chair have swords?” If only that were me.
So, I have a lot of excitement mixed with dread. We know the ending is going to be terrible. I’m not saying it will be badly written, I’m saying it’s going to leave us crying and with nightmares. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.