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Guts, gore, glory: a review of three time Emmy winning TV show Game of Thrones

Alexandra Crotty

Alexandra Crotty

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The seventh season of Game of Thrones has earned a staggering yet deserved twenty-two Emmy nominations this year, more than any other show on television. The show, based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, has kept millions of fans, including myself, captivated since 2011. The eighth and final season’s release date is yet to be announced, but it is expected to come out during the summer of 2019. I know that I will be counting down the days until I can watch the final resolution of the epic series.

At this year’s Emmy’s, the show won best Drama Series, Best Special Visual Effects, and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage.

The season’s sixth episode, Beyond the Wall, follows several storylines that have been developing throughout the show: the Starks’ journey in reclaiming their home, Winterfell, Daenerys Targaryen’s quest to conquer Westeros, and Jon Snow’s hunt to capture a member of the army of the dead that lives beyond the wall.

While this all seems complicated, the storylines are interconnected, and different characters from different parts of the realm come together in ways that have kept viewers hooked for countless hours of entertainment. I believe that this plot complexity is what has earned the show its many accolades, including Best Drama.

That said, the show is definitely not for everyone. Game of Thrones keeps viewers enthralled at a cost; the show is grotesque and portrays a world in which women are often abused, humiliated, and exploited. A great example of a character who has been severely abused is Daenerys Targaryen. She is raped, sold and beaten by her brother in the first season, but by the seventh season stands on the brink of conquering the world. The ability of characters to be resilient and defy their circumstances transcends the gore and harsh abuse depicted in the show, and gives it a purpose.

The sixth episode starts with Jon Snow and a group of experienced warriors exploring beyond the wall on a mission for Daenerys to try to bring back a member of the army of the dead. If the men can capture and bring back one of these monsters, they can then bring it to the capital of Westeros, King’s Landing, to show the evil queen, Cersei Lannister, that their true enemy is in the north, and that the fighting within the Seven Kingdoms is meaningless if the army of the dead is going to kill them all.

The true stars of this episode are the white walkers. Intense, grotesque, and deadly. They create one of the most terrifying moments in television history. Jon Snow, Jorah Mormont, and the Mountain, among others, are trapped on a small island surrounded by the malignant creatures. A glorious battle ensues, and the men hover on the brink of death as Daenerys arrives with her dragons, saving the day and proving that she is indeed the Breaker of Chains and the future of the realm.

The beautiful visuals of the battle, combined with the epic CGI dragons and intense landscape shots behind the walls are just a few of the reasons I believe the episode earned its Best Direction nod.

Game of Thrones has a something for everyone: love, war, murder, mystery, and even humor. Beyond the gore exists a beautiful and complicated world filled with adventure, all within reach through your television, computer, or phone. The show seamlessly blends complex plots and relationships to create a fantastical world for viewers to explore and enjoy.

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Guts, gore, glory: a review of three time Emmy winning TV show Game of Thrones