Jumping on the Bandwagon: Game of Thrones


by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)

Unlike every social media outlet these past two weeks: no spoilers.

Two weeks after my first post about finally giving into watching The Walking Dead, the second series bandwagon I jumped straight onto was the madness that is Game of Thrones. I am proud (and psychologically scarred) to say that I am completely up to date and my timing could not have been better. Three things were clear-cut signs that the gods of Television and Broadcasting approved of my bandwagon-y choice:

Season Three, Episode Nine: I will say no more about the episode except for the simple fact that if you had been on Twitter, Facebook or Earth while this episode was on air, you needed at least a two week cooling period before people stopped posting about their heartbreak. Yes, I did jump on that bandwagon, too; posting tweets that went something like “Oh my, Game of Thrones, rip my heart out why don’t you?”

I bumped into Jack Gleeson, who plays Joffrey Lannister on the series. Walking along the streets of Dublin on a rare sunny day, an extremely familiar face walked on by. I asked, “I’m sorry, but are you on Game of Thrones?” To which he looked a bit worried and said “Yes,” but when my reaction was not a fan-crazed “Ohmygod I LOVE you” or “I hate Joffrey, how could you be so horrible?” he seemed like an extremely nice fellow. This encounter just so happened to take place while I was discussing the latest episode of Game of Thrones (the one you can find reaction videos on YouTube for).

The fact that you can find reaction videos to a single episode of a series that takes place in a completely fictional world is a major testament to the series’ success. Game of Thrones is worth the torment you are put through because everything that happens allows you be completely invested in everyone’s well being. Granted, your concerns might not always translate into the characters actually being well off. After all, it is George R. R. Martin’s work.

As a provisional fourth reason: Game of Thrones provides you with the best lines in television’s history, for example:

“Once the cow has been milked, there’s no squirting the milk back up her udders.”

is their way of saying

“There is no use crying over spilt milk.”

Game of Thrones has now completed its third season with the latest episode ‘Mhysa’. With a ten-month gap between Season One and Two and another ten month gap before Season Three; there is plenty of time to catch up. And if you’re fully caught up and dying for some more bloodshed and tears, there are always the remarkable books the series stems from. As a newly-turned fan I am tempted to read the books, but that’s another debate of which I am completely open for discussion. Now stop reading and go watch some television.


  1. Anna ZieglerJune 13th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Read the books! Martin offers so much more detail and the series is completely engaging. Fair warning: I for one cannot read the book while it’s airing on TV. I get mad because things are changed and rearranged, but I’ve learned to appreciate both.

  2. NoorJune 16th, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Good idea Anna 🙂 I might wait a while until I start reading the books so that the tv show isn’t as fresh in my mind 🙂

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