This weekend, I watched the first six episodes of “Game of Thrones” with friends. Bear in mind that I’ve only read the first couple chapters of the book by this point. I’m going to try to give my thoughts on it without including any spoilers if I can help it.
We made up a drinking game to go along with the series. The rules are rather simple–drink any time there is blood or nudity.
I really enjoy the complexity of the characters. Most characters aren’t purely good or evil. Even the corrupt king isn’t a bad person, he’s just very clearly unfit to rule and would rather just drink and be merry. There are some characters that I absolutely despised though (Viserys was one, the queen was another).
I’m glad that it was HBO that decided to pick up the series. One thing that bothers me in adaptations of books is when large plot points are left out in order to make the film adaptation okay for television. For example, much of the plot of Philippa Gregory’s “The Other Boleyn Girl” took place in the bedroom of Henry VIII. The movie had to be much more PG about it. I was glad to see that “Game of Thrones” could include the amount of nudity/sex/violence that is essential to the plot.
Most episodes end in such a way that you find yourself wanting to watch the next one immediately. We did that until the point that the birds were chirping and it was morning, and we couldn’t keep our eyes open for another minute.
I really enjoy the scenes with the Dothraki. I think that Daenerys is a really cool character. She starts off kind of shy and submissive, but then her twit of a brother sells her in marriage to a Dothraki warlord. She really comes into her own then, becoming his queen and learning how to stand up for herself and be a good leader. I know that my roommate and my boyfriend weren’t as big on the Dothraki scenes, but I am really drawn to them as the only non-European culture in the series thus far. At the moment, I find horseback raiders who live beneath the sky more interesting than the incestuous monarchy. Of course, there are those who would disagree with my opinion, such as in this article that claims that “Game of Thrones” is racist to the Dothraki. I would wholeheartedly disagree, and will maintain that if it is indeed racist to the Dothraki, then Star Wars is racist to Tuskan Raiders, James Bond is racist against Russians, and Lord of the Rings is racist toward orcs. If every fictional group got along with each other and had the same culture, there would be no story, no conflicts, no plot…
I can’t wait to watch the rest of the series, and I’m really looking forward to reading the books.