I’m a late bloomer, clearly, when it comes to TV shows but the boy and I finally started watching Game of Thrones.
We finished Season 1 He was impressed straight away but I needed a little convincing. Mainly because everyone had said that it was SO awesome that my expectations were so high that I expected nothing less but to be transported to Winterfell and live out what was happening – without dying. Obviously this didn’t happen and I was disappointed. Not just because of that, I’m not an idiot, but the show just didn’t live up to the impossibly high bar that people had set for it.
It took a while (episode 7 to be exact) before I actually became excited to watch the next episode. Before that, I felt like Game of Thrones wasn’t trying. It was setting up the story and that was it. If it had been a film I wouldn’t have minded, but these shows are an hour long and it’s a far bigger investment. It meant I wanted the show to entice me rather than me rely on people’s opinions or on reading the books.
Game of Thrones is a fantastic series but it only turned fantastic after season 7 when things actually started moving. As interesting as it is to find out the background of a story, it shouldn’t last more than half of an entire season.
I’ll admit it, for the first seven episodes I did not get it. I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. It wasn’t a show that gripped me straight away. The acting was superb and the storyline had potential (it’s epic now) but the show had that spark missing. It’s like going on a date and wanting it to work but the chemistry isn’t there.
I kept trying (not necessarily what you should do with dating) – mainly because the boy loved it and I’m glad I did. The show now, we’re currently on season 2, is entertaining and doing what any seasoned drama should do – it is leaving me wanting to watch more. At the end of each episode, I am excited to watch the next and I really do think that Game of Thrones didn’t quite hit the nail on the head at the beginning of the series.
It was, to me, a slow burner and though it has picked up speed and is now what I would consider, a brilliant watch, it didn’t start off in the best way to keep audiences. (All hate mail can be sent to me at the email provided).
If you’re considering watching Game of Thrones then ignore all the raving reviews and thumbs up it’s getting because they’ll end up making you expect something impossibly brilliant which, I think, the show fails to bring in the first half of the first season. That will instantly make you more impatient because your expectations are so high, but wait it out.
It gets better and then you’ll love it and then you’ll rave about it like crazy and make someone else expect amazing things from the show from the opening credits of the very first episode of Season 1. And so, the vicious cycle of expectation – disappointment – boredom – surprise – interest – loving it – raving about it, will begin again.