Top 5 reasons why 'Game of Thrones' has kept fans riveted from beginning to end
The show has a little something for everyone as it has never shied away from depicting the realism of its world.
HBO's 'Game of Thrones' is perhaps right now, one the most popular shows on television, and we can say it is the realism of the story which has contributed in making it so attractive to the audience.
While on one hand we have heroes such as Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Daenerys Targaryan (Emilia Clarke) whom many want to see alive till the end, we also have characters such as Lord Varys, whose loyalty is questionable but not unjustified. As the final season of the David Benioff and D. B. Weiss show is only two weeks away, let's take a look at the five reasons why we fell in love with the show in the first place:
1. A very real Westeros
Although George R. R. Martin was much inspired by Tolkien's Middle Earth which forms the universe in 'The Lord of the Rings' series, let's just say, Middle Earth is way more law-abiding than Westeros. Clearly, Westeros with its Seven Kingdoms is drawn upon Medieval Europe, and as the story takes inspiration from the War of the Roses, you can expect to see a world as real as ours.
It is complicated beyond imagination, and there are times when things get so real, we are not even surprised by the utter shrewdness of it. Be it the landscape of their world or the politics that sustains a balance between the snow-clad north and the seaside south, Westeros is a place which is just as real as today's Europe that is struggling to keep its world together on the brink of Brexit.
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2. Emotionally invested in life and death
While on one hand we were extremely satisfied watching Cersei's (Lena Headey) beloved son, Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), choke to death with poison, on the other hand we almost lost all hope in life when a non-speaking mythical creature such as a dragon was killed by a zombie. Such imbalance in emotion can only be possible while watching this show.
The characters are so strangely crafted that sometimes we find it difficult to hate them in spite of the number of murders they commit. On the other hand, some characters are so simply bad that you almost feet sorry about their evilness since that only makes them fools in the world of politics where the naked eye can see beyond layers.
3. You just never know
Remember the time when we were celebrating with the Starks at the Red Wedding, eagerly awaiting, Rob Stark's (Richard Madden) child to be born? Now remember when moments later, Rob's pregnant wife was stabbed like a fruit and within seconds the Stark dynasty was lying in its old blood? While most of us quit watching the show for a good whole day in order to let ourselves recover from the tremendously unexpected loss, every now and then we have been urged by 'Game of Thrones' to not look into the future.
We will never know what happens next, just as we never knew Hodor (Kristian Nairn) would die, or Jon would come back to life, or Daenerys would lose her dragon. This very gazing mystery of the show acts as a bonus point.
4. A little something for all your fancies
Two things always sell when it comes to historical dramas - sex and politics - and fortunately, 'Game of Thrones' gives you both! The show often tricks us by challenging its viewers to remain focused on the politics while treating our eyes with some steamy sex scenes.
The show doesn't deal with the idealistic version of politics but it makes politics as regular as the act of sex. Intercourse, in itself, plays as an important political weapon, as several times we have seen Kings trying to prove their worth by raping their wives in bed. Sex is not just an act of enjoyment on the show, but a weapon subtly utilized by every character to establish their hold over other people.
5. Diversity acknowledged and celebrated
As it holds on to its urgent realism, 'Game of Thrones' is diverse in nature. It has represented many societies and at the same time hasn't shied away from focusing on the intolerance prevalent among them. We see love being celebrated in all its forms but at the same time that love becomes the reason for destruction for many.
We have people from all classes of society coming together, but at the same time, the stark distinction between the noble and the poor remains prominent. The show includes everything, talks about everything, and never ignores anything.
'Game of Thrones' Season 8 returns to HBO April 14.