Unlike the picture, which I got because I wanted to have an official logo while not breaking any copyright laws, season four of the Game of Thrones comes out on April 6th.
If one has any familiarity with the series or books one may questions why I , as a Christian, seminary student, would be writing an article about it based on watching the series and reading the book, which has gratuitous amounts of violence, sex, language, depictions of torture, rape, and the like… SNL even had a skit about how the show was written by George R.R. Martin, and a 13 y/o boy.
I’d first like to mention, that I watch a censored version I downloaded, but I have bought the full unedited version on Blu-Ray to support the makers of the series.
But after going through the edited series (and watching 24 hour long episodes in 60 hours), I had my sister watch it, and then watched it my mom.
The censored version eliminates the random nudity by freezing the picture so you know who’s talking, eliminating sex scenes, or black screening and describing what happens if something important happens during a sex scene.
So, after that long explanation/clarification, I’d like to talk about why I like Game of Thrones. In one of the many interviews I’ve watched about Game of Thrones, the writer George R. R. Martin (GRRM), mentioned that Tolkien did such a good job writing Lord of the Rings, and creating Middle Earth, that so many people copied him, writing epics where there was a clear good and evil, and Good eventually triumphed over evil in a major battle. GRRM said that he wanted to take a different approach and look at what would happen after the major battle.
In Game of Thrones, for those of you not familiar with it, here’s the run down. After a giant rebellion to kill the mad king, Robert Baratheon takes the Iron Throne. He’s married to the daughter of the rich and very self focused Lannister family. His best friend is from the honorable Stark family.
Game of Thrones starts with Lord Stark and his family being visited by the King and he asks Lord Stark to advise him in the capital, from there things begin to get murky. The Lannisters dislike the Starks, and the Starks being honorable, trusting, people of their word don’t fit in very well with the backstabbing political climate that is the Capital.
And that’s what I want to talk about… actually, I think I’ll need to make a part 2 to this… I’ll have that up before mid April!