Game of Thrones: Who Really Holds the Power in Westeros?
“If wars were arithmetic, the mathematicians would rule the world.”
–Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
If there’s anything to be learned from the events that led to the country-spanning civil war of Game of Thrones’ second season, it’s that warfare is not a numbers game. The clash of kings that threatens every life in Westeros came from one fatal hunting trip and one unjustified execution. As Arya Stark says in a Game of Thrones trailer, “anyone can be killed” —and when that “anyone” is a person with power, the consequences are often severe. But if wars aren’t arithmetic, which of the four “kings” stands a chance in the game of thrones?
I am at a loss to explain why I am somewhat annoyed by this repetitive series while everyone seems to
love be addicted to it. Well, let me try..
As a kid, I enjoyed SF but was never bitten by the bug of comic books or Role Playing Games (RPGs). I was quite surprised to discover that there are people for whom MMPORPGs are a lifestyle and sometimes a substitute for real life.
It’s not that I never enjoyed fantasy - I did, but in the printed word. I seldom watched a production made from a previously read book that was satisfying (in fact, I cannot recall any such instance) where I was even mildly satisfied with the results. When it comes to fantasy, my imagination is far richer and pleasurable to me than anything someone else might come up with and I suspect that this is true for anyone who enjoys reading.
This is why I am disappointed to learn that in the war of ratings, Game of Thrones is winning over Mad Men - a far superior epoch drama. It suggests that the viewing public is formed of people who have never enjoyed reading much and don’t know the difference between a good fantasy book that draws you in and a visual production that takes the much easier neuronal pathway of the eyes.
I guess if I was a cocaine addict, I’d rather chew coca leaves than freebase.
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