Game of Thrones is finally over and I am glad. No longer do I have to debate how I feel about the outcome of the show, it is what it is. While I do have my opinion on it and the different things that could have been done, there are two things I’d like to note about the concept of watching a show.
Sometimes you watch a show and turn it off within a few minutes. other times you make it a couple episodes and drop off. Then there are shows you watch all the way through and just enjoy. But there are also shows you watch that make you invest and think about the content. You think about the characters, their decisions and the world around them. Game of Thrones was undoubtedly one of those shows. It not only got viewers invested but created a community for everyone to participate in. Everyone weekly could give their theories and thoughts on what was happening or what would happen. Not every show does this, especially in a streaming era.
My brother would ask me “why do you even watch the show? You hate it.” This was far from it, i love the show. Critiquing something like Game of Thrones or the terrible ending of Dexter, comes from a place of love. If I didn’t, then I wouldn’t say anything or even watch the show. There’s something special in a show like Game of Thrones that gives you the opportunity to invest so much that you can actually get twisted up about how one story arc went. It’s because we care and love the show. More than the show, we love the characters and the story they find themselves in. And Game of Thrones gave us those experiences. Experiences of frustration, surprise, confusion, anticipation, joy and delight. Whatever the view of the show or the ending is, it created quite the experience for viewers over the years. We were able to step outside of our mundane lives and step in to a reality we’d never seen. In the end, i’m thankful for that.