This week on Medium, I have written a pretty great post with a pretty pretentious title – Ceci n’est pas une wheel: Misdirection and perception in Game of Thrones.
If you’ve ever wondered just how much the Game of Thrones showrunners are concealing, this is the post for you! It also talks about the cognitive dissonance that exists on both the audience and the characters’ parts, and how it keeps us from the truth of the story.
From the post:
It takes a special kind of cognitive dissonance to talk about “breaking the wheel” while drinking wine at the top of a pyramid. If she stood closer to a window, she might have even heard the wailing of “those on the ground” fighting each other to death in the slavery-friendly fighting pits that she personally re-opened.
It may seem laughable, but we share in her delusion. How else can we hope for anyone to seize control of a throne that we’ve seen corrupt so many? Deep down, we understand that the Starks and Targaryens and Lannisters and Baratheons are remnants of a system that crushes the common people of this world, direct beneficiaries of the stratified society their ancestors built.
I also include a list of loose ends the show has left mysteriously open. Add your own to the list and let’s see just how deep this rabbit hole can go!