For those of you who have been following my blog for the past few months, you’ve probably noticed that there is a certain 5-week challenge on which I have failed to provide an update. I’m referring to my Game of Thrones 5-Week Challenge, in which I committed to watching one episode of Game of Thrones (GoT) per week for five weeks with RM. If you’re new to my blog, you can read up on it in more detail here.
I must say, I was feeling slightly regretful at my idea to do this after the response I received to my post introducing the challenge. I tried my best to go into the challenge with an open mind, but it was difficult knowing that people disapproved of my willingness to even try to watch the show.
One friend told me that although she heard it “got better” after the third episode, she didn’t make it that far. In fact, she was convinced that it didn’t become less graphic but that the viewer just became numb to it. Was she right? Perhaps, I thought to myself. We would find out.
A few weeks into the challenge, I wasn’t even close to becoming hooked to the show, but there was one critical data point I collected. RM and I had a deal that we would fast forward through any scenes that were too graphic—either sexual or violent—and what I quickly learned was that RM was right. Queue the silent cheer for men everywhere. The graphic scenes were completely unnecessary to the storyline. I didn’t feel as though I was missing anything by fast forwarding. In my eyes, it appeared as though HBO just arbitrarily added sexual scenes just to increase viewership. Classy, HBO. Real classy.
I made my second revelation after attending my monthly book club. We had just finished reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. I was surprised at one woman’s comment when she said, “Yeah, I ended up liking it for the most part, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone because of all of the sex.” Was there that much sex? Hmm, I remembered it seeming a little inappropriate in the beginning, but then—hmm, no—I think she’s right. Was I experiencing what my friend had suggested happens to GoT viewers? Had I become numb? Perhaps I had. But perhaps what also happened was that I became so invested in the characters and engulfed in the storyline that I began to scan over those parts quickly—so quickly in fact that I had forgotten much of them altogether. So it IS possible. Touché, RM. Turns out, he had been telling me all along that the storyline of GoT was just SO good that it was possible to ignore the accompanying graphic scenes. Now, I don’t think I’ll ever think that the GoT storyline is that good because medieval kingdoms just aren’t my thing; however, I can understand how RM could get into the storylines, especially having read the books.
So what does this mean? I’m happy to say that my narrow view was widened a bit through this experience, but I’m not jumping on the GoT bandwagon anytime soon. That said, I have agreed to watch all episodes with RM, with the stipulation that we only watch them together, on DVD, while fast-forwarding through the “unnecessary” scenes. Sounds like a good compromise to me 🙂