GAME OF THRONES is hands down the best show on television. This is neither overstatement nor is it some sort of fanboy fawning I have towards GEORGE RR MARTIN and his book series seeing as I have never read them. This is simply a statement of fact regardless of how much you agree or disagree with the decisions the creators make in furthering the story.
If I were to rate the show on what I agree and disagree with, it would get a flat out ‘F’, but that is something that one is forced to love about it… there is literally no telling from week to week what is going to happen. Storylines never, ever get wrapped up. Heroes aren’t necessarily heroes, the most minor of character can come back to be anything but, and your favorite characters are as expendable as a cup of Tyrion’s wine.
That’s what hit me back in the first season. When they lopped off Ned Stark’s head, my jaw literally hit the floor. Afterwards, I just knew that all the Stark kids would get back together and be happy, but two damn years later they’re still all lost to each other. It’s like ol’ George specifically designed the Stark family to be able to defecate on them every chance he could get.
Which brings us to tonight’s episode, “The Rains of Castamere”. Funny thing is, I saw this coming from a mile away (thanks again, wikipedia…) but it still delivered such an epic mind screw that me and my wife both stared silently at the screen as the credits rolled. I wouldn’t dare spoil what happened, but it holds the strange honor of being either the best episode of the entire series or the worst episode thus far depending on your point of view. I would go with the former for sure, although I would suppose there are more than a few angry fans right about now.
You win again, GAME OF THRONES. Just when I thought I had you all figured out. And it wasn’t even the season finale, which airs next week before TRUE BLOOD starts up the week after. The worst part is that I need to wait an entire year before GAME OF THRONES starts back up again. I’m weighing the pros and cons of cryostasis or maybe smaller scale Rip Van Winkle-type powers. Have they made time machines yet? Can somebody claim short term disability from work because of a depression due to lack of new GAME OF THRONES episodes? I might be on to something there…