The North Remembers.
I know, I know – I’m so late. But better late than never, right? After months of consideration, I decided to bite the bullet and watch Game of Thrones. My plan was to binge-watch the entire 7-season hour-long episodes in a week using the HBO trial. That part of the plan was a fail and I knew it even when I was sleep drunk at 4am pushing through the next episode. But I’ve finally completed it and I’m obsessed (like everybody else) ! Here is a list of ridiculous things I did while binge-watching Game of Thrones.
Ruin the Plots for Myself
I’m a masochist in that I enjoy reading the plots of films / tv shows on wikipedia when I’m too impatient to follow the storyline or I’m too scared to see the movie. From the beginning, I found myself partaking in this awful habit to the point where I had to stop myself and just give in to my questions, fears and doubts. I hate not knowing what’s going to happen, but this show was worth not knowing!
Had Snoop Sessions
The issue with social media now is that you have direct access to communicate with these celebrities and a stronger desire to learn more about who they are in real life. When I started the show I knew that Kit Harrington (Jon Snow character) married an actress that he had met on the show. So I deep-dove into that information and read about his recent wedding and tried to see if he was on social media ( for research purposes). When characters I hated like Ramsay Bolton and Theon Greyjoy were awful I checked their social to remind myself that the actor’s aren’t these terrible characters. I learned that Sansa Stark is engaged to a Jonas Brother! The world is a mysterious place indeed!
When I “announced” on social media that I was watching the show from early on, I was encouraged not to form strong attachments to any characters and I knew why. I was familiar with some big events of GoT like the Red Wedding and Theon Greyjoys betrayal through just existing in life. So I knew why it was discouraged but that was difficult. Like how do you not pick a side?! It was and always will be Arya Stark for life! She’s always been a real one.
Celebrate the death of despised characters
This is morbid and I’m sure not appropriate (but GoT isn’t appropriate) but I never felt so happy to see Joffrey die. Like I felt like they kept him alive for too long! He was a whiny, evil, little boy who I was glad to see die. Other deaths I welcomed? Tywin Lannister, Ramsay Bolton, Stannis Baratheon (it was unforgivable what he did to his daughter) and Lord Baelish (all of this started because of him!!)
Question my growing affection for Jon Snow
By the end of season 7 I was caught off guard by my interest in Jon Snow. I’m not a fan of the sweaty, dirty, naive, dumb men. But can we talk about a glow-up?! Jon Snow, cleaned up, had me feeling urges and yelling “The King in the North!”.
Skip the Gross Parts
And when I say “Skip” I mean shield my eyes because I’m actually a scaredy cat. Scenes from the red wedding, the torturing scenes, Battle of the Bastard’s, I cowered in my bed but lowkey didn’t want to miss anything. . .
I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t thinking about rewatching the series again, but at a slower pace. I rushed through it like a virgin and honestly feel like I missed some things especially during those late nights. Have any of you seen Game of Thrones? Are you as much of a stan as I am now and planning to go to Northern Ireland to visit locations where scenes were shot?