18th Dec 2019
How many times have we used the phrase winter is coming in our everyday conversations? This is evidence of the popularity and widescale influence of the blockbuster, record-breaking, anxiety-inducing show.
For all those who have been grieving since the end of the show, here’s a piece to relive some of our fondest memories of it.
The weave of political tussles in the fabric of this show was truly intriguing. The political drama and conflicts maintained a standard from the start till the end.
Talk about stories that come full circle and the opening scene and ending season are the iconic example of it. What starts off with the impending threat of the white-walkers culminates into a show brilliantly put together to end with a battle against these (un)dead impostors.
This is not to say that the show only showcases a battle between humans and supernatural elements. The complexity of conflicts that ensue with the death of the Mad King continue to wage till the very last episode when it’s revealed who sits on the Iron Throne (metaphorically, since the actual throne was burnt down by our favorite dragon).
Needless to say, the show was a masterpiece in terms of the political commentary that it builds upon.
Every character in the show—be it as noble as Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, or as conniving as Cersei Lannister—isn’t spared a touch of heroism. Each character, in their own right, are a Colossus that can be defeated in battle but never removed from memory.
A few others to name here would be Tyrion Lannister, the master of words; the many-faced God; Arya Stark, the youngest yet the bravest warrior; and Varys, the hearer of whispers.
You’ll notice—and a true fan will attest to it—that every character is built upon strong foundations that are borrowed from Greek mythology. Every hero has a fatal flaw and every villain, a redeeming quality.
Be it Cersei who kills anyone who threatens her children or Ned Stark, who lost his head for honor; none can be called a wholly virtuous or wholly vile character.
Cersei’s maternal love earns her the slightest bit of empathy from the audience. Ned Stark’s legendary honor is questioned when he dies with a secret that could prevent the rightful heir from taking the throne.
If there’s anything that Game of Thrones excels in and supersedes other productions by far, is its dialogue. The skill with which they’re written and the mastery with which they’re delivered is exemplary.
Tyrion has marveled us with lines like, “a mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone if it has to keep its edge”. Meanwhile, Cersei doesn’t fail to appall us either with simplicity of her words to convey a message that strikes like a bolt, when she says “power is power”.
While these characters are standalone examples of exemplary dialogic intercourse, there are others like the many-faced god who leaves us with unsettling curiosity.
His manner of addressing Arya as “a girl [who] has no name” creates a sense of mystery about this character that isn’t lost on the audience.
It’s only fitting that a character as “the man [who] has many faces” is left like an unresolved puzzle to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats.
These points of analysis and more show that GoT will not just be a water-cooler show in 2020 and beyond. This show was a masterpiece in every sense of the word, and will be revered as such for years to come!