Thanks to HBO, millions of people are now hooked on George R.R. Martin’s epic story of a fantasy world called Westeros. While many a book reader won’t hesitate to look down on TV watchers who were surprised – pleasantly or not – by Joffrey’s death, or any of the other plot twists for that matter, I think it’s awesome that the story’s audience has expanded so.
Of course, the era of big screen televisions makes it even more pleasant to experience the twists and turns of the
long-winded detailed story. From the women of the house of Craster (that seriously disturbed me more than many other situations) to certain deaths (I say certain because I am trying to be politically correct and avoid spoilers) to a pretty blond trying her best to be as tough as the Mother of Dragons should be – Game of Thrones is one convoluted story that is being enjoyed by everyone.
Well, maybe not everyone.
Remember when the TV series was just starting? Ginia Bellafante of the NY Times earned the ire of lovers of the story from the world over for her review. She starts that review with references to Sex and the City and boy fiction and ends with:
“Game of Thrones” serves up a lot of confusion in the name of no larger or really relevant idea beyond sketchily fleshed-out notions that war is ugly, families are insidious and power is hot. If you are not averse to the Dungeons & Dragons aesthetic, the series might be worth the effort. If you are nearly anyone else, you will hunger for HBO to get back to the business of languages for which we already have a dictionary.
She might have changed her mind since then, but one thing’s for sure: she was confused by the whole thing when she wrote her review.
To be fair, she probably was (is) not alone in getting lost in the vast and tangled world of Westeros – and beyond the sea. To be honest, even I have forgotten many details from the books, and with the deviations that the TV writers have decided to go for, there are even more instances where I think, “Where the heck did that come from?” Or, as the guys from Honest Trailers keep repeating, “There’s that dude; and that dude; oh, and that dude.”
So, if you’re one of those who needs a little help in grasping the entirety of Game of Thrones (good luck with that, really), Tyrion Lannister aka Peter Dinklage has the answer.
In less than a minute, he sums up the story of Game of Thrones.
After watching his scenes in the last two episodes, how much more awesomer can he get? If you don’t know the answer to that, trust me, he’s got a few more tricks up his sleeve.
Oh, and if you have some more time to kill (even if you don’t, really), check out Peter Dinklage’s AMA on Reddit.