The next to last episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones aired this week, with a ruthless twist that fans of the show didn’t see coming and the fans of the books anticipated with fear. If you don’t fall into either of these camps you need to sit yourself down and consider why you haven’t been watching this story unfold?
As a disclaimer, you should know I’ve read all 4 books and I’m a big fan. So there may be some bias in this article.
This medieval / fantasy series has a little something for everyone. And that is what sets it apart from other shows in the genre, it appeals to both sexes. For the ladies, it has hunky shirtless men, romance, drama, unexpected plot twists, and scandal. For the guys it has fighting, sexy scantily clad women, traitors, and a hint of the supernatural.
Here are 6 reasons you should catch up with Game of Thrones; 3 for the Ladies and 3 for the men.
3 Reasons Women Should Watch Game of Thrones
Khal Drogo: played by Jason Momoa: He is basically the definition of what any man should look like, were it possible. Warrior leader of the Dothraki horselords, he and his people represent the barbaric Mongolian hordes in the show. You rarely see Drogo in combat; instead he struts about and acts overall like a badass. But when he does fight, you instantly understand why he’s the leader of a 10,000 strong army of warriors.
Love and Romance: The audience gets to watch as Khal Drogo’s and his newly aquired wife, Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke get to know one another and fall in love. Her brother arranged the marriage to Drogo, in exchange for help in getting his throne back. Despite the circumstances of her marriage, she takes to Drogo, and they begin to form a deep bond.
Scandal: A very major theme of the story is scandal and backstabbing. The cliffhanger of the very first episode focuses on one of the most important of these. Taboo is anything but to the characters in this world.
3 Reasons Men Should Watch Game of Thrones
Tyrion Lannister: Tyrion Lannister is a character played by Peter Dinklage. Tyrion is the dwarf child of Tywin Lannister, the head of the most powerful family in the Seven Kingdoms. His sister Cersei is the queen and his brother Jamie is an extremely famous knight. Dinklage plays the role of a drunken, clever, whore mongering dwarf to perfection.
He is turning out to be the favorite character for many fans, and he deserves the honor. The lines he delivers are not only very smart and funny, but perfectly acted.
The Women: Game of Thrones is on HBO, so you know they won’t shy away from sexuality. The Seven Kingdoms are a crude place where prostitution is rampant, the king loves to go whoring, and women exercise power primarily through their sexuality. Tyrion Lannister loves to visit the whorehouses and the viewer gets to share in this journey.
Emilia Clark, as Daenerys makes a journey from shy, downtrodden young girl to a strong woman who uses her sexuality to gain power. And I must say, they picked quite the girl to portray her, Emilia is gorgeous.
The Supernatural: As a fantasy, Game of Thrones can be quite confusing. Most of the fantasy comes in the form of references to dragons, beasts, giants, “white walkers” and others. But in the story these aren’t quite as prominent as one might expect. In the first episode a dying Dire Wolf is found on the trail, this is one of those legendary beasts often spoken of but never seen.
But fans of the book series know full well this isn’t the end of it. Martin does a fantastic job of using fantasy elements to enhance the true story but not making them the focus.
While there is only one more episode left of the first season, a second season had been ordered just after the first episode aired. Summer is a time when most shows are in syndication, so if you haven’t been watching the show, now is a great time to start.
Who knows, you might even start reading the books by George R. R. Martin in preparation for season 2. (be warned, they are addicting.)