It only took me five years, but I finally jumped on the "Game of Thrones" bandwagon. "Game of Thrones" is one of the most popular television series currently airing, just in case you've been living under rock or have not had access to HBO (like me). With the free time that I have, which is not a lot, I decided to sit down and start the series that has captivated the hearts of millions and chopped them up into little pieces. So far, I have watched two seasons of the hit show and have steered clear from any spoilers. My only regret so far is not starting it sooner. I am that person who has to read a book before watching a movie. My initial plan was to read the first book and then watch the series, but after opening the book and seeing all of the tiny printings of the words, I gave up after two pages.
I never understood the appeal of adapting a book, a well known book, into a television series. How do you take something that millions love and have read while picturing the characters in their heads and turn it into something that they can enjoy watching? "Game of Thrones" has definitely changed my mind. So skipping the book, I started the series and jumped into the first two seasons.
With only ten episodes a season, it's easy to finish in a day or two with the time given. Schoolwork then became my priority so "Game of Thrones" was pushed to the back burner. I kept on thinking I was going to remember where I left off, but oh, was I wrong. After sitting down one night for three hours doing laundry, I managed to re-watch three episodes I had already seen.
The series is amazing so far, but it's a little dark. I'm not just talking about the graphic nature of the show, but also the lack of lighting in the physical scenes. Compared to other shows, there are few bright scenes. The show is meant for older (read: mature) audiences who can handle the graphic nature and adult scenes. I was not ready from a sex scene to come on when I was watching with my dad.
In my short time of watching this amazing show that I plan to continue, I have learned a few things. I have learned to lead by example, be true to yourself, fight for what you believe in, and be careful who you trust. In the words of Robert Baratheon: "I swear to you, sitting on a throne is a thousand times harder than winning one."