I just watched the first episode of Game of Thrones. Yes, I am late to the party but I hope to catch up over the summer. The only thing I knew about Game of Thrones before watching was 1: it was a board game I never played, and 2: @GentlemanSquirl often said Evolve was a Game of Throes, haha. It is when I play against a Lazarus! Anyway, here are my initial thoughts on the first episode.
Wow, everyone has an exotic name and I can’t keep them all straight…the cast of characters is large and we’re dealing with multiple kingdoms and bloodlines. The “White Walkers” instantly made me realize this was going to be a fantasy-laden show and not just a period-piece. These killing ghost forces will hopefully be described later because the bodies, arranged in the shape of a circle with a line through it, suddenly disappearing without blood in the snow was admittedly really strange, especially since most if not all of them were hacked in half. This symbol will appear again somewhere I’m sure. Creepy blue eyes, and moving like demons or something.
So the night watch only has 3 mounted riders and the one that lives from the white walkers is then slain because of deserting? Why didn’t he just go back to his people and say hey, I’m the last one left, need reinforcements! Nope, gonna lose my head instead. I didn’t really see that coming even though they warned him of it, because when he got surrounded by the guards bringing him back he didn’t seem that upset…even when he got his head chopped off.
If Ms. Stark didn’t want her son climbing the wall, why did they build it like a super fun rock-wall? So there are 5 official Starks, which I only understood when the dire wolf was found with 5 puppies. Then there was the white puppy…turns out the one guy was a bastard child but still of the Stark bloodline so he got a puppy too. Speaking of that, how horrible would it be to only be seen as this horrible thing because of something you couldn’t help yourself? I mean to even be looked down upon by Tyrion is saying something. I kinda want to know Tyrion’s story and how he lives his life other than fooling around with women. I hope he turns out to be somebody awesome and not just a playboy.
I am reminded of the disparity of women. Daenerys. I guess my whole focus of this episode fell on her. Her brother was especially creepy and I know somebody like him in real life who literally pimped out his sister for real and was only out for himself at all costs…and because of this I really don’t like this guy. If he showed up on my land I’d grab my gun, much the same as I would the guy he reminds me off. But I digress…so his sister is like his property and he doesn’t mind telling her to her face that he could care less how many guys use her as their sex toy as long as he can get his army and win back his crown which somehow was taken from him. He and the land they live in is very aristocratic and clean…and he was handing his sister over to ruffians, to marry this dude that doesn’t even speak their language.
I was honestly expecting a good plot twist here. Drogo was it? I expected that he would actually be better than Dae’s brother deep down. I didn’t think he would actually have sex/rape (kinda one and the same here) with her. Why? I don’t know. Something was telling me that he wouldn’t take her unless she willingly gave it up for him but I was wrong. I thought Drogo was better than that, and I was upset that I was wrong. He presented her with this awesome horse and I felt that he knew the position Dae was in and wouldn’t try to force her…nope, I was wrong. Shame on you Drogo, but I hope you turn it around. I see Drogo as being in charge of a group of barbaric misfits but could turn out to be honorable in the end. I have hope still!
Dae…she is bound to unleash brutal justice, I can feel it. She has a very “carrie” vibe going on about her and there’s going to be only so much she can take from being used. She has 3 dragon eggs which you know will hatch…and this is totally going to be a thing in her rise to power. I can’t wait until she gets revenge on her brother…but I hope it’s something befitting like maybe she hands him over to somebody in exchange for…something, I don’t know.
There were two characters at the end of the show that were having sex and get caught by the young Stark kid, and the guy pushes him out the tower window. Were these two brother and sister? Unsure on that since my brain goes…“whaaaat, no way” instantly. The kid is obviously going to survive but I wonder, does the dire wolf puppy save him somehow or break his fall or…I don’t know.
I felt the first episode was long, and I really had to pay attention because I don’t know who everyone is and who they are all related to, nor what their personal goals are. On a personal note I don’t care for the nudity. It’s not that I’m prudish but it seems to me that lately most of the series I’ve been watching have really put it all out there as much as they can (Orange is the New Black I’m looking at you, and you too House of Cards, though to a lesser extent). Now I don’t know if it was due to the scenes with Dae or not, but I felt uncomfortable watching with my husband. I often think in my own head that men do still see women that way, and their bodies as resorts for their own fun despite how the women feel. Even though that’s most likely not true, I can’t help but still have that feeling in reserve and with the uptick in female nudity and sex being used for business or power intrigue…I am growing a little tired of it, I admit. In House of Cards though, Frank Underwood said:
And that is true both in House of Cards and Game of Thrones right now. Sad thing is I know I am going to see the women characters resort to only using their bodies to get what they want. Which reminds me, that little girl, I think she is a Stark, that shot the arrow and hit the mark dead-on…I really want to see what comes of her. Clearly she is the tomboy of the lot and will never be appreciated for her skills because she is a girl…any boy will be greater than she will ever be, even if her brother can’t shoot an arrow.
Another thought…man it must suck to have to wash all these costumes! The medieval days were so dirty!