“Game of Thrones,” from its first appearance on television across the world in April 2011, is known for brutal beginnings and even more brutal endings. It is also not for the faint of heart due to the magnitude of death, gore and blood, therefore it is rated TV-MA for mature audiences only. However, it has sparked interest worldwide and has acquired a large fan base, according to HBO.
The series, which airs Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. EDT, is known as sort of a killing game with mindless sexual encounters. The plot includes the demise of any and every character, dog or other living thing, without prejudice, or care of the audiences’ attachment to the characters who are murdered by those coveting the throne.
“Game of Thrones” Three Main Houses Are:
- House Stark
- House Baratheon
- House Lannister
- House Tyrell
- House Tully
- House Greyjoy
- House Martell
- House Targaryen
- House Arryn
Each of these houses have lost main characters and are infused with the quest for the throne so they no longer care about backstabbing and murderous behavior. Some families are more than willing to murder for the right to rule. While other families would fight valiantly to earn their place of power.
Fans worldwide cheered on House Stark because of their loving kind nature. A fair and true, down to earth sect., fans had no problem cheering them on to the throne. They raised their children, including John Snow, his illegitimate son, to be kind and fair.
House Baratheon quickly became a favorite among fans. King Robert Baratheon died after being impaled by a boar on a hunting trip, then his widow and her children quickly fell in stature. Eddard Stark was the hand of the king, who was beheaded by the king’s eldest son.
The untimely death of the head of House Stark was unforeseen. The beloved hand met his doom in “Baelor,” Season 1, Episode 9, in 2011. Anger infused fans hit Twitter, Facebook, and any other social media attached to the “Game of Thrones.” Cries of loss vibrated for the fictional character, as though he was one of their own, as fans voiced their protests.
Without fail, the writers continued their murderous streak of the beloved Stark family. Catelyn and her son Robb, along with his wife, who were all main characters, were brutally killed in “The Rains of Castamere” Season 4, Episode 9, in 2013. The wedding scene was often referred to as The Red Wedding. Lord of the Crossing Walder Frey, invited the family to hear the Starks’ apologies concerning the previous wedding arrangements between Robb and one of Frey’s daughters. Robb had backed out of the arrangement by marrying Talisa, who became pregnant immediately after their wedding.
Frey and his men worked fast at killing off all of the Starks’ men, before killing Talisa and then plunged a knife deep within her womb. Next, they killed Robb. Frey made his mother Catelyn watch the slaughter before killing her.
The scene, be it horrific, made a lasting impression on fans and with shock and anger fans filled social media, crying over the Stark family’s demise. One fan said: “I would very much like to meet George R.R. Martin in a dark ally…Why the h*ll do you kill off my favorite characters??? #gameofthrones, #ahhTheHouseBaratheon.” Many more fans voiced their outrage but with much more vulgar words.
The Queen Cersei, King Robert’s Baratheon’s widow, quickly gained power. The fans’ anger grew toward the Queen because of the loss of the Stark family. Their hatred and contempt were refocused on the Lannister family.
House Lannister are cutthroat, rich, brutes who took center stage for the fans. The Lannisters were, and still are, bad-tempered, sneaky conniving people who did, and still do, just about anything to keep their stance as the richest kingdom, with the most power.
The only real loss of life for House Lannister was the child king, Cersei’s eldest son, who had been poisoned on his wedding day and died. The real killer was Petyr Baelish from the King’s Small Council.
If a fan grows attached to a character on “Game of Thrones,” they must know in their heart of hearts that a character WILL end up on the chopping block at some point or another. There is no favoritism within the writers’ minds when it comes to who they kill. Author George R.R. Martin, the writer of the books, “A Song of Ice and Fire” and the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” None of the characters are safe, not even the beloved favorite, Jon Snow from The Night’s Watch, was safe from harm in Season 5. Then, in the season cliffhanger, he was killed by those he thought would have his back in any circumstance. This uncertainty is what makes the “Game of Thrones” one of the most watched killing games on HBO.
Opinion by Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne & Jeanette Smith
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