‘Epic fantasy’ is not really my thing, but everybody was raving about it. Numbers of people were genuinely surprised that we weren’t watching. We began to wonder if we were missing something other than violence, weirdness and misogyny.
We’ve spent the last few weeks engrossed in politics, death and drama. Family histories, ancient ties of loyalty, slights and snubs, good hearted Starks and nasty Lannisters, the wit and unexpected warmth of Tyrion and Jaime, the coldness of Stannis, the horror of torture. Dragons. Characters to care about. Characters with similar sounding names- Bran can’t walk but communes with trees and dreams of 3 eyed ravens, Bronn the mercenary, Brianne the female warrior somehow devoted to Renly, Catelyn and Jaime.
I’m not sure I could have kept up so long without the smartphone for the many ‘Who?’ ‘What just happened?’ moments. While I’ve been spotting all the local actors, Spurs Fan has a particular interest in Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. At the point we’ve reached, she’s discovered that ruling presents different challenges to conquering, and that dragons can’t be tamed.
I’ve been less comfortable with the characters north of the wall- white walkers, underground zombies, and giants riding mammoths. Is that the sound of a shark being jumped, or is my imagination just too limited?
The women are interesting; political and fierce, never naïve for long, yet often still subject to the whims of men. They get grubby, menstruate, have thick eyebrows and can run when they need to. These fantasy women are not glossy.
Another political drama I’ve been catching up on is Scandal. Powerful women who are glossy and groomed, with pearls and high heels. The clothing of the main character reflects her behaviour- lots of cream, white and beige, but greys and blacks when her actions are a little murkier. It’s based in Washington DC, often in the White House. These are powerful women, without formal political roles. Not so different, then. No zombies, yet.
When my brain has recovered, I’ll catch up with real life. Bear with me.