How "Game of Thrones" Appeals To Horror Fans

How "Game of Thrones" Appeals To Horror Fans

Few shows on television today are capable of scaring its audience more than "Game of Thrones."

HBO’s "Game of Thrones" is a fantasy series that follows a wide variety of characters through a medieval fantasy setting. The story is primarily focused around political corruption in the fictional country of Westeros. While this may sound boring to some, the way the material is presented is reminiscent of horror films. While "Game of Thrones" may not sell itself as a horror story, it definitely achieves the goal most horror films often try to achieve.

"Game of Thrones" has become infamous for frequently killing off major characters. The show likes to build characters until they become fully fleshed-out and adored by fans, and then kill them when it’s least expected. This effectively makes "Game of Thrones" a more effective horror story than most of Hollywood’s big-budget horror films. A horror film has one goal: to scare its audience and leave them feeling unsettled when the movie is over.

Horror films often rely on the use of suspense and violence; two things "Game of Thrones" has and abundance of. Scenes of over-the-top torture (often inspired by medieval history) are frequently seen in the show. These scenes are plentiful, but never become overused. The audience wants to look away, but morbid curiosity keeps their eyes glued to the screen. This is much of the same way films like "Saw" and "Friday the 13th" keep the audience scared and engaged.

"Game of Thrones" may not always have a masked figure stalking the main cast, but there are enough untrustworthy people in the series to make you feel consistently afraid. There is not one single masked murderer, instead there are many murderers who hide in plain sight. Sometimes that can be scarier than any Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees.

The main story in "Game of Thrones" may be focused around political intrigue with tropes from horror films, but the subplots in the series are where the main attraction lies for horror fans. "Game of Thrones" has subplots about zombies, witches and cults. These are nothing new for the horror genre, and are often considered cliché, but "Game of Thrones" often bends the rules about what these things can do. For example, the "zombies" in "Game of Thrones" are more intelligent and much more menacing than the ones found in "The Walking Dead." This makes the horror elements in "Game of Thrones" feel more unpredictable, resulting in a much scarier story.

While "Game of Thrones" may not be classified as horror, there’s still plenty for fans of the genre to enjoy. While a show loosely based around medieval history and politics may not sound like a scary, nail-biting series; it’s definitely worth watching for horror fans. Even if the things you see won’t make you sleep with the lights on.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

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The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist


Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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