After the up and down of this season, I’m almost happy to see Game of Thrones take a season break. It kinda needs to get its shit together.
I watched the first two seasons of the show with my eyes practically glued to the screen. I couldn’t turn away from the characters and the drama that were unfolding. But last season, and especially this one, have had thinly stretched narratives, and I’m just not convinced that that works as well on a show as it does in a book. A huge point of interest of the novels is the myriad points of view that we’re allowed to experience, heads we’re allowed to go within. That doesn’t work the same way on film.
And although there’s a certain amount of gore that I enjoy, and I don’t mind horrible things happening to characters if they serve a narrative purpose and are handled well, the ways that torture and sexual violence have become so prevalent as to sometimes to background noise makes me want to look away.
Last night’s season-finale-for-the-Watchers was moving in a way that has become less common for the show. On the next episode: everyone’s season-long story arc ends in a cliffhanger!