Game of Thrones is a miniseries that made me feel like in the middle of a cross-road, I wanted to continue watching it because the story was very intriguing but at the same time I was also tired of seeing the unimportant thing being shown over and over again.
I have read such nice things about this miniseries. At first, I wasn’t that interested as it is something like a story of political intrigue…and political intrigue is not my favorite movie theme. But I kept reading good things about it, somehow it made me interested and thought that I should give it a try too. I bought the DVD in late September.
Let’s start with the story.
The story is indeed about political intrigue between houses on The Seven Kingdoms. The current king of the Westerons was Robert Baratheon (Mark Andy) from the House of Baratheon. Robert married Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) from the House of Lannister. Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), her twin brother, killed the former King whom they called as The Mad King. The Mad King was from the House of Targaryen. Robert Baratheon hated this house so much because the Mad King caused the dead of a woman he ever loved with all his heart. The woman was the sister of Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), because he could never love other woman, he sort of neglected his Queen. This situation made the Queen had affair with her own twin brother…yup it is what people called as incest!
The King in this land needed a Hand to help him run the country. The last hand was killed and the King asked Lord Stark to be his Hand. Despite his reluctance, Eddard Stark accepted the offer. He was planning to investigate the death of the previous Hand. Meanwhile, his second youngest son, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), witnessed the affair of the Queen and for that he was pushed down from a tower. From that moment on, the story started to show one deception after another.
When the King died, Eddard Stark was arrested from treachery. His oldest son, Robb (Richard Madden) marched with his father’s banner to free his father from the Queen and new incompetent King.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the kingdom …far from those political deceptions, the exiled children of King Targaryen, Vyserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) and Daenerys “Dany” Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) were plotting to get back to their land and take the throne back from Baratheon. To do such thing, Vysreys ‘sold’ his sister, Dany, to the Dothraki. She was set to be the wife of Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), the leader of the Dothraki. Vyserys didn’t get what he expected while Dany turned from a girl into a Queen. Dany is my favorite character of all characters in this miniseries.
The problems of this Seven Kingdoms didn’t come only from the people who were eager to seat on the Iron Throne, a more dangerous threat were lurking from behind the wall.
That’s all I can say about the story…interesting isn’t it?
Now, let’s talk about my reluctance of seeing this miniseries.
You are about to read what I think of the series based on a very Asian woman who still holds the East tradition strongly.
First of all, I am not the kind of person who refuse seeing sexual or nudity content in any sort of movie. When those two things are needed to make the story understandable, I really don’t mind with that…however, Game of Thrones offers sexual and nudity content beyond what’s necessary. GoT is a miniseries played in TV, it was a real shock when I first saw the half naked woman freely showing off her breast….at that moment, I thought wow is TV has gone this open? I wonder how Indonesian Cable handles the censor because such vulgarity is not allowed in this country.
Although I was a bit shocked, I still didn’t mind with it and continue watching. But things got too often and too unnecessary. The sexual content of Dany and Khal Drogo was needed as we need to see the changes in Dany, from a woman scared with her husband to a woman adored by her husband. Her nudity was also understandable….but I really don’t think I needed to see two whores trying to please one another while a man is telling them he loves the Queen. I was like ‘ow please!! We don’t need that!!’. There were so many nudity and sexual content that I found so not important…and that made tired. After 3 episodes, I was in between. I wanted to know what will happen to the Starks and Dany (I don’t care with the King and his wife’s family…Baratheon and Lannister are the most boring part of the series), but at the same time I didn’t want to see more unnecessary nudity and sexual contents. In the end, I finished this 10 episodes miniseries in one month while I only needed 3 days to finish 23 episodes of Lie To me. I sort of wish I had seen the Indonesian CableTV version, the one that had undergone censorship.
Apart from that reluctance…I still enjoy Game of Thrones because of these things:
I love Dany…she was a great character to explore, I half wish I can read the book just to get to know her more. She was the one character that evolved the most. She was once an innocent girl whose dream was only to get back to her land. But then he learned to love her savage husband. She then became a respectful Khaleesi (the Dothraki Queen) whom loved by her people. When I saw how people adored her, I saw how great her character was. And then she had to lose her love one. She turned into a desperate Queen. But at the end, she showed that she was more than just a powerful woman because of her husband, she was indeed powerful. I am so in love with her character. She was the biggest reason I like this series.
Apart from Dany, I also enjoy the movement of Stark’s family. The family was so loyal to one another except for Sansa who was blindedly in love with the silly prince, in truth I was happy seeing her suffering. The children of Stark, even the bastard one, were all full of interest. I want to know what will happen to them.
Will I watch the second season?
I might…I might not…I honestly don’t know yet. I am so curious with Dany, Robb’s war and the thing beyond the wall…but I can’t ignore my reluctance too.
You have read how I feel about the series. Do share what you think about this series 🙂
Based on Novel by George R.R.Martin
Director: Tim Van Patten
Scriptwriter: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, and Jane Espenson
Starring: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Michelle Fairley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Aidan Gillen, Harry Lloyd, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Jason Momoa and Maisie Williams.
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