“And if we die, we die. But first we’ll live.” –Jon and Ygritte/S3/Game of Thrones.
I dislike cliché. I’m a perpetually sad writer who professionally pushes deadlines, listens to the same
Kodaline and Queen songs on loop and I still dislike cliché. So when a few of my classmates forced me to
watch a series that everyone else was watching, I wasn’t too excited about it. I usually said that I was
busy completing certain books, and I also remember using the phrase ‘Not Today’ on multiple occasions.
(I laugh at this now. I didn’t then)
After months of cajoling, I searched this series up online, and grumbled when the intro music took so
long to end. (I laugh at this now. I didn’t then)
By the end of the first episode, I had already slipped from my chair and had fallen down on the ground,
with one hand in my hair and another hand pointing accusingly at computer screen while I screamed,
“HE’S JUST A KID!” Slowly, through seven other seasons, I understood the reason behind the hype of ‘A
Song of Ice and Fire’.
The human heart is delusional and fragile when it comes to fiction, whether it’s a book, a movie or a
sitcom. Throughout the eight seasons, all D&D actually did was to play against the wishes and wants of
the audience. That was one of the very first lessons I had learned in the beginning of the long binge-
watch: don’t get attached to any character. (I don’t laugh at this now. I didn’t then)
Game of Thrones is a necessary adulting kit for every growing adolescent. It teaches about all the good
and bad in life, and leaves nothing out. Peter Baelish and Varys taught us politics better than Shakuni,
Jaime Lannister taught us loyalty. Tyrion Lannister affirmed that having a brain might help you to not get
killed. Arya taught us perseverance, and Sansa taught us destiny. Daenerys taught us determination and,
Cersei Lannister taught us love. (And Ramin Djawadi taught how how to forgive the scriptwriters when
they mess up the plot real bad)
The show has twists and turns in each plot. The exact opposite of your expectations happen and you can
feel your heart being ripped out when (if) your favourite character dies. Every episode of every season
has meticulously built up all the characters and the inevitability that they face today. It has regular
climaxes and plot reliefs. More often than not, the character usually says what you would have said in
the same situation. I mean, there has to be a legitimate reason why everyone loves watching this, right?
If not for peer pressure, you should watch GoT for yourself. Never in my life have I seen something that
has made me laugh and cry at the same time, with the same enthusiasm. No two characters are alike in
any way, but in yourself you will find myriad shades of all the characters of the show, and that’s the best
part. A human being is white; all the colours have mixed in you to give you the best resultant. You have
both good and bad in you; it’s just what you show to people, matter. That’s what this show is about – it
helps you identify yourself better.
Because at the end of the day, we all fight death, don’t we?