Thoughts on Game of Thrones, episode 4, season 1
I am your Novice GoT Watcher, watching the world-wide phenomenon several years behind the rest of the audience. Join me as I try to untangle the web that is Game of Thrones!
For some reason, I insist on keeping an unscientific record of the nudity, violence and gore on Game of Thrones. I imagine that before production started on the first season, one producer said to another:
“You know what Lord of the Rings needed? More boobs.”
“But there aren’t any boobs in Lord of the Rings.”
“Yeah, and it’s got a lot of other problems, too.”
Hence, each episode of Game of Thrones includes a dose of nudity, violence and gore. Here in episode four, the nudity didn’t really stick out like a sore thumb as it had in previous episodes, nor did the violence, but then HELLO GORE! That dude who got the lance splinter caught in his throat – that was gross. Which is fine – I am OK with gore, but it just wouldn’t go away. Once the point was made, they could have moved on, but no, they just kept showing it. I gotta tell ya – it really feels like gore for the sake of gore and not to serve the story. You show it once to so the audience understands this guy died a horrible death, but when you just keep showing it, I feel like you’re just trying to freak us out.
Speaking of the guy who died a horrible death, it’s finally been confirmed that the previous King’s Hand was murdered, and by his squire – but now we know why. The King’s Hand had discovered the King’s unknown bastard son (this show loves that expression), who would be the rightful heir to the thrown. Since the Lannisters (holy crap, I learned those people’s name!) have other plans, that old fellow had to go and, in the best Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country tradition, they followed “the first rule of assassination: kill the assassins!” Although there is not much mystery in this particular story thread, I find it very satisfying.
But of course, we have the whole framing Peter Dinklage for Little Stark’s accident thing, during which the flat, annoying characters will treat my favorite character like crap but eventually have to apologize when Little Stark gets his memory back. Which will tell the characters on the show what? That the Lannisters are evil? They already know that, and so does the audience! Leave Peter Dinklage alone!
Meanwhile at the wall (that’s what it’s called, right?), The Stark Bastard (this show loves ‘bastard!’) is protecting a weakling from the harrows of training. The head training guy thinks this is a dumb idea because they need to be ready to fight when the time comes, but he also tells them they’re all going to die either from the winter, the white walkers or the people who live on the other side of the wall, so I can’t help but wonder:
If they’re all going to die anyway, what’s the difference? Let The Stark Bastard protect that dude – it’s all pointless if they’re just going to use that dude for food when they inevitably get trapped behind enemy lines.
And now, to the dudes who wear no shirts that the two young super blond people hang out with: Do we really have to call that crazy dude with the long blond hair ‘The Dragon?’ That’s easily the worst nickname ever. I guess I’m supposed to hate this guy, but he’s so annoying that all I can think about is how flatly drawn he is as a character. All he does is gripe about the same thing, over and over: “Don’t give me orders!” “This is my army!” “Blah blah blah savages!” We’re only four episodes in and I’m already sick of him. Somebody kill this guy already – he bores me.
Well, that’s all for this time – join me again for episode 5!