(Contains Game of Thrones spoilers!)
I have written before on this blog about my slightly obsessive personality. It seems to strike suddenly every so often, and this is how I seem to end up with so many random hobbies because I become completely obsessed with doing that particular thing and lose interest in anything else. It happens with crafty things all the time, but also with music, films, and tv shows. The latter of which struck in the past few days.
I had heard a lot about Game Of Thrones during the past couple of years, and it is an unavoidable subject on certain parts of the internet. But for some reason it never really grabbed me as something that I should and needed to be watching, and I was mostly too busy obsessing over other things at the time anyway (Firefly being the main one in the recent past).
But as my Firefly obsession simmered down and joined the ranks of my eternal appreciation club, and I ran out of series on Netflix that had me hooked (Lilyhammer, Orange Is The New Black, Breaking Bad), I was searching for something new to get stuck into.
Bring forth Game Of Thrones. For those who don’t know, Game Of Thrones is a medieval fantasy drama adapted from a series of books. Admittedly I was hesitant to begin watching at first. I was slightly intimidated by how huge it seemed – the show, the fandom – it felt like I was undertaking an epic task. But I started watching…and I didn’t stop watching. I watched all three seasons in four days. This achievement was accomplished with much help from my ever trusty friend, Insomnia, who has been with me during so many of these obsession-led marathons.
I was hooked.
I fell in love with all of the characters. Well most of them. Joffrey, ha!
I had favourites. They died. I had new favourites. They died. And I can’t be the only person who spent most of season 2 & 3 wondering how they were going to bring Sean Bean back even though he no longer had a head?
One character who has not yet been brutally killed (she dies, we riot!) and has completely won my heart is the Khaleesi. Daenerys Stormborn (played by Emilia Clarke). The relationship development between her and Kahl Drogo melted my heart and her character has gone from strength to strength throughout the series. She is fierce. She is kind. She is brutal. And she is beautiful. After the upheaval of the Red Wedding, I am not sure I could cope with the Khaleesi’s demise too.
Oh, the Red Wedding. Where all your dreams are shattered and you are left with emotional problems for life.
I. Can’t. Even.
You become somewhat used to gruesome violence whilst watching GoT (and nudity, and sex..) but the unexpected violence of the Red Wedding was just…I couldn’t breathe.
And now I have to wait until April for season 4! With the deaths of all the these beloved characters hanging in the air. So you know what I’m going to do? Watch it all over again and pretend it didn’t happen.