Game of Thrones (Seasons 1-5) Review


I held out for a while, but finally gave in and tried to see what all the hype was about.

Game of Thrones is the worldwide phenomenon of an HBO show in which several noble families in the mythical land of Westeros try to take control of the world and get to sit in  the so-called “Iron Throne”, also known as the world’s most uncomfortable chair made out of melted swords.

Jokes aside, I actually really enjoyed these first 5 seasons of Game of Thrones, much more than I thought I would.  I’ve never been a huge “swords and sandals” movie or TV show kind of person.  It has to be a truly great and entertaining movie (ie. Gladiator or Lord of the Rings) for me to enjoy it.  And that’s really what this show is.  It has a great story and characters.  I love its willingness to kill off anyone and everyone (spoiler alert? kind of?).  It adds an element of uncertainness while watching the show.  The battle scenes (when they show them) and duels are always great, albeit extremely violent (only a bad thing if you don’t like that kind of thing).  The visual effects are incredible, especially for a TV show.  It is very cinematic feeling at times. Most episodes end in some sort of cliffhanger which always had me on the edge of my seat, and occasionally led to some binge watching.  Overall I had a lot of fun watching the show and was always entertained.

That doesn’t mean the show is as perfect as everyone says it is.  It does have some problems.  First of all, there are way too many characters that you have to keep up with.  You’ll spend some time with a character, then won’t see them for the next 3 episodes, and then you have to try and remember who they are and what they are doing.  It gets a bit frustrating.  It’s more of a problem in the first few seasons but is present to some extent throughout.  They also shy away from showing battles scenes on occasion.  It is obviously done for budgetary reasons, but sometimes it will show the preparation and then skip to the aftermath, which is always a little disappointing.  It’s a lot of buildup for no payoff.  Which actually speaks to some of the storylines themselves. Some of these plot points have been building since the first season, yet they have still not been accomplished after 5 seasons. I understand  that they are trying to follow the books (which I obviously have not read), but it gets a little annoying to have all the buildup for nothing to ever happen.  My last complaint is one I have with a lot of these HBO or Showtime shows and that is all the sex and nudity.  It’s like they show it so often just because they know they can, even if it is unnecessary.  There are occasions where it has an impact on the plot and is necessary, but the other times are just kind of pointless and mess with the pace of the show.

I know it seems like I have a lot more problems with the show than things I like, but that isn’t really the case.  I just feel the need to point out it has problems, which you usually don’t hear from die hard fans of the show.  But overall I really enjoy it and will probably continue to watch it whenever season 6 starts.  I recommend it to anyone who enjoys these kind of storylines and can handle the extreme violence. TV shows are always hard to grade because they have up and down moments.  But despite it’s flaws, and because I was almost always entertained, I’m still going to give Game of Thrones Seasons 1-5 a 4.25/5.

Have you caught up on Game of Thrones yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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