Why Game of Thrones Has Got Us Hooked
It’s hard to find someone who is not a fan of the HBO series Game of Thrones, more challenging to find someone who has not seen it, and even more difficult to find anyone who hasn’t even heard of it. It’s not an exaggeration to call George R.R. Martin’s creation a global phenomenon!
As the television show has become more popular it has inspired more people to read the books, and fans are purchasing clothes, other merchandise, and even wine with branding or other connections to Game of Thrones. Slots enthusiasts can combine their passion in a themed video slots game too, and it’s clear that this franchise has become a huge money-spinner.
As Game of Thrones Fever continues to sweep the globe there is no doubt that it is one of the most popular entertainment franchises of all time. The real question here is, why?
A Struggle to Get On Screen
It’s hard for some people to believe, but George R.R. Martin actually began publishing the books upon which the Game of Thrones television show, a trilogy called a Song of Ice and Fire, is based in 1994. There was keen interest in putting them on screen for years, but getting them there turned out to be a slow process.
After many false starts by many hopeful show runners, David Benioff and D.B Weiss finally won the screen rights to the books. Martin granted them the rights after they correctly answered the comprehension question he posed, asking them to name John Snow’s mother.
Although the screen rights to the story were acquired in 2005 it would be another 6 years before the pilot finally aired in 2011, and this was only after the first pilot was pulled before release and completely rewritten and reworked. During this time, fans of the books discussed the upcoming series in minute detail, and were enormously excited when details such as who was in the cast emerged.
Right Place, Right Time
The growth in cult fandoms is seen in many areas besides Game of Thrones, but this series had the advantage of the fandom rising at the same time as prestige television did. Today it is easy to see we are in a golden age of television, and that was just beginning as the seeds of the Game of Thrones show were being planted.
Game of Thrones benefitted not only from HBO becoming recognised as a broadcaster of risky shows that made you think, but also from the change in the way television series were written. As pioneered in The Sopranos, detailed plotlines meant that every episode had to be watched carefully – fans couldn’t afford to miss an episode. This kind of devotion is definitely what is called for to keep up with Game of Thrones!
The popularity of the show is also sustained by how complex the content is. Fantasy fans are as enthralled as history buffs and students of politics and human nature, and the fact that the series is so unpredictable keeps everyone enthralled. Skilled writing keeps emotional investment in every character high, whether that means loathing Joffrey or unreservedly adoring Tyrion. All of this adds up to a show that’s irresistible for growing numbers of viewers around the world.
Heads Keep Rolling and We Keep Watching
When the 6th series of the hit show aired in April 2016, the television show officially overtook the books in the series. It’s now believed that the original trilogy will stretch to a series of 7 books, and fans are currently desperately waiting for the 6th. Martin still consults on the television show, as is very necessary as the plot moves beyond the novels, but he has bowed out of his HBO writing duties and his public appearances to focus all his attention on completing the book.
As the nail-biting juggernaut of the Game of Thrones show and the Song of Ice and Fire books continues, fans are sure to relish it and to keep it going through the force of their own enthusiasm. Every trailer is analysed in minute detail, and the television series has dominated awards shows. Until the story’s conclusion is reached, the breathless excitement seems set to continue unabated!