You hate this one show from your bitter guts, because it’s not your archetypal story. Your sense of detestation stems from your sheer curio that this show spawned after it inexorably crept in. You do not want to fight it. You know there are no favourites and all men must die. And you want it to go on. Game of Thrones is set to enmesh you once again – in precisely three days – and you absolutely deride it.
The nastiest of truths about this one-of-its-kind show that has effortlessly captivated minds from across the globe, is that there are no heroes. There are unalike villains in several flavours – unique and twisted. There is not one Westerosi with a clean slate. In the world of monarchs, you are either high on power, or hell-bent on vengeance. Which is why, this show becomes lusciously thrilling to watch.
Season 6 has, by far, been the most awaited of all seasons. The trailer garnered so much inquisitiveness that the world’s most powerful man Barack Obama, asked for the screening of the season, way before its release. And he happens to be the only one, outside of HBO, to have watched the episodes; perks of being the President.
World leaders have too much on their platter. It was, therefore, incredible to learn that the American leader who is on the last leg of his regime, wanted to keep himself abreast of the happenings in the tour de force world of Game of Thrones.
In the very first season, the narcissistic Cersei Baratheon nee Lannister issues a malicious threat to the warden of the North, Eddard Stark, when the latter questions her incestuous relationship with her twin brother and Kingslayer Jaime Lannister. “In the game of thrones, you either win, or you die”, she mouths.
And that is the obnoxious premise of the show. Irrespective of which side of the wall your favourites are, nobody is safe. Even with her three (untutored) dragons, the Unsullied army at her feet and a skilled pit-fighter by her side, Daenerys Stormborn is unsafe. People die in the ethereal reality of this surreal world, and they never return.
Which is why fan-favourite Jon Snow’s bizarre departure from the show has also been threading a curiosity. Fans are bound by the hope that he would return, but the dead aren’t revivified here (unless they are coxswained to lunacy by the flesh-dangling army of the Undead).
Remember the wretchedly-painful Red Wedding, wherein with a single stroke of absolutism, the best of the Starks were wiped away? The appalling episode still haunts many. Some may have watched barbaric carnage with a fading hope that the Stark scion Robb may be spared. But he was not. He was stabbed, beheaded and paraded under the very tutelage of host Walder Frey.
Game of Thrones is not your quintessential ‘truth triumphs’ and ‘good-over-evil’ drama. It is a politically-racy and risqué tale of lust, power and revenge. Everybody is grey here, which is why it makes for a thought-provoking watch.
The iron throne has been for usurpers; it awaits its true heir.