I’m Watching Game of Thrones and Nobody Knows

If you personally know me and happen to read this, do not talk to me about Game of Thrones. Thanks.

Peter Dinklage as Lord Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones Season One

The iconic HBO series Game of Thrones is known worldwide. It has had massive success in the form overwhelming positive reviews and high ratings. Everyone from high-schoolers to baby-boomers have been watching Game of Thrones since 2011. Well, not everyone. There are the holdouts who have yet to delve in the the realm of Seven Kingdoms.

I was one of said holdouts, until now. For six years I have resisted the peer pressure and ignored the surprised looks on my friends, family, and co-workers faces when I say, “Oh, I don’t watch Game of Thrones.” I get asked about the show a lot less than I did 4–5 years ago of course, but every now and then it still rears it’s ugly head like an unexpected incest scene. Truth is I didn’t have a strong stance on why I wasn’t watching the show. I watched many other other shows over those six years, but never gravitated towards Game of Thrones. Alas, here we are: Season Seven is a few episodes in and I am just beginning Season Two.

Now that I am watching it I must finally be able to join in all the great water cooler conversations, right? Nope. I still say, “Oh, I don’t watch Game of Thrones” when the subject comes up. It’s not that I don’t want to hear any spoilers, or that I don’t care what other people have to say about Season One (we all know Season Two is supposedly soooo much better!). The reason I don’t want anyone to know I am watching Game of Thrones is because I want my relationship with the show to be my true relationship with the show. No outside influences. OK, there’s already been six years of influences. You know — the stuff you can avoid, like the Red Wedding and all the other “omg I can’t believe that happens” moments. To be honest, I don’t know very much at all about what has gone down in my years of absence from Game of Thrones, so everything is still fairly fresh for me.

So what is my relationship with the show? I watch after my fiance goes to bed (my dog too most nights), so just me. No phone, no more checking emails, no one asking, “Who’s she again? Is she the one who has the dragons?”. Just me. I watch intently, but still allow myself to enjoy the show — I’m not taking notes or anything. Sometimes I skip back if I’m unsure of something, but for the most part I just watch the show and enjoy. The best part? I don’t have to worry about knowing every little detail. I can be wrong about something and not feel stupid about it. I can develop my own perspectives on characters, Houses, story lines, everything. My entire experience with the show is my experience with the show. I don’t have to consider what other people think and have it distort my perspective, which has made watching Game of Thrones so much more enjoyable then watching other shows in the past.

When Breaking Bad was the show you had to watch everyone had an opinion about everything. The show is too slow. They took it too far. The series finale was perfect. They are dragging it on too long. Skylar is an annoying ______ (you fill in the blank). Walt shouldn’t have died (spoiler alert…and no one really thinks this do they?). You get the idea. You couldn’t just watch and enjoy the show. You had to remember the important things that happened so you could hold up a conversation about it. If you liked Walt Jr. you had to get ready to present a 30 slide presentation on why you felt that way. For these reasons, I am not going to tell anyone (aside from the readers of this blog) that I am watching Game of Thrones. What I take away from the show will be truly my perspective. I will not discuss the show itself with readers of this blog. I will discuss the concept of watching a show or movie completely alone, with limited influence from others.

So, do you want to know what I thought of Season One? It was good. I’ll be watching Season Two.That’s all you’re going to get from me.

I plan to turn this blog into a series with updates following each season as I complete them. It may be a week between blogs, it may be a month — it all depends on how long it takes me to watch a season, which is at my pace of course. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow me.