How does this happen? You wait all year for a Game of Thrones season to come, and then it’s gone in a flash. And we have another year to wait (And that’s just for the DVD release… -Ed).
Season five seems to have been one of the more controversial of the series. Barely an episode seems to have gone by without some new outrage gripping the internet. For me, though, I think it’s been the best yet. Dark, bleak, serious, and with an edge of storytelling with no regard for what anyone wants.
We’re at the halfway point in the series now, and so far this is shaping up to be the best season yet.
There is so much going on that these reviews seem to be getting longer and longer, still with subtleties woven into the story. I’m impressed at how well they seem to be coping with the myriad strings of story, and how distinctively Game of Thrones it still feels.
At the same times, it feels for the first time like we’re into the real meat of the grand story. I can feel it deepening, without undue haste, with each episode. Mainly it’s through the fact that not a second seems to be wasted, no more time spend plodding about with insignificant characters doing not much at all.
It’s strange, really, that we’re five seasons into Game of Thrones.
Five series of death, violence, a little bit of sex, and some of the best story on TV.
What’s interesting is that it has become it’s own entity. All adaptations either define themselves, or become shadows of their source, and it seems inarguable that Game of Thrones has not done the former. I can’t be bothered to look up the viewing figures, but the series has once again topped the most pirated list.
Each series adds more layers, more characters, more plotlines like a spider to a web. I didn’t altogether rate the third season, but on the whole it has been a remarkably consistent upwards curve. And season five looks already set to continue that trend.
I was discussing earlier this week with Ash how Game of Thrones has shifted in terms of its cultural perception. It has, in a few short years, gone from “obscure fantasy book series”, via “that show I haven’t seen, with all the sex”, to the sort of compulsive viewing whereby talking about it in any way leads to someone swearing a blood vendetta against you for “spoilers”.
I say that as a segue into this; beyond here are spoilers.
After the controversy courted by the last episode (and the fact that in its fourth season Game of Thrones can still be considered controversial is a source of some amazement to me), I sat down to “Oathkeeper” hoping for a little more story progression, a little less newspaper-bait.