This week on Medium: With the Game of Thrones Season 5 finale just around the corner, I wonder where we might expect to find Daenerys Targaryen and Drogon. The books already have an answer, but given the show’s propensity for streamlining the story, all bets are off!
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!
If you’re into Game of Thrones and/or annoying characters, you may enjoy my most recent post over at Medium: What’s going on with Sansa Stark?
For real, what is up with that girl? Why did she marry Ramsay “Sausage” Bolton (née Snow)? Have the showrunners lost their minds?!
From the post:
As the last scene of Game of Thrones’ Season 5, Episode 6, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” began to play, I felt like Obi-Wan Kenobi: Sensing millions of viewers’ voices crying out in terror, followed by a stunned silence. The scene — THAT scene — went places that every Game of Thrones fan feared were inevitable, hoping against hope that we were wrong. (We weren’t.)
[Contains spoilers for Seasons 1-5 of Game of Thrones, but no book spoilers because I care about you, TV Watcher.]