Unlike my last post, there be spoils upcoming for no one fully caught up with Game of Thrones. Ye have been warned.
We are less than a week away from the much anticipated start of the seventh season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series. In anticipation of this visualization of the continuation of the masterwork of the macabre Mr. Martin I have scoured seasons past looking for the most spectacular scenes, of which there are plenty. I quickly had a collection assembled of the battles in the field, the war of words in the gardens, the twists, the deaths, the grand moments where something big happens, yet after rewatching them again and again I realized that they were the scenes that everyone remembers. Tyrion’s damning response to his unjust charges of murdering Joffrey; Jon Snow’s fight alongside the Wildlings against the Others at Hardhome; and just about anything to do with Daeneryes and her dragons, but especially the birth of them and Drogon’s return and rescue of her from the fighting pits. All of these are the scenes that there are countless clips of with words like “EPIC!” and “Badass” plastered below in the title and description. Not wishing to be another lame Top 10 list that inevitably left something amazing off – there is no shortage of incredible entertainment from this show – I shifted gears and decided to look at some of my favorite scenes that I think get lost in the shuffle. Of course, if you have seen all the episode up to this point, then you have seen these scenes. Odds are you’ll remember them shortly after you begin to play them. However, these are scenes that deserve another look for what they bring to the huge table of this feast of ice and fire. The true beauty of Martin’s story and the world it takes place in are not the battles and intrigue and twists and deaths and deaths and deaths and, oh, sorry I fell into a loop there, although there are a lot of people dying. Instead, the really magnificence of this enormous story is the depth of its wide cast of characters and how they grow and deteriorate, how they rise and fall, how they live and… well, you know. Sure, the big three are Tyrion, Jon, and Dany, but they are not the only characters whose humanity we get to observe as they grapple with inner demons more than outer ones. What I love most about Martin’s world both visual and textual is how each person is just that, a person, and he does better to showcase the humanity (or lack thereof) within each of his many, many, many characters all across the realm and beyond.
Today, I am saluting some of these highlights of humanity that you may not have noticed as closely on the first go-round, or at the least are scenes that should be given another look as they showcase the humanity of the characters within them. Rest assure though, there are plenty of EPIC! and Badass moments here too.
Thanks for reading, er watching. Swing back next week for more. You know the rest.