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Game Of Thrones: A Beginner’s Perspective

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It’s summertime, and as a recent college graduate with a not-so-marketable major, my days consist of applying for jobs out of my field of study, wishing I was still in college, and watching television.

After sifting through Netflix, I shifted my gaze to a new program. Have you guys heard of Game of Thrones? I assume you have. I recently procured a one month free trial of HBO, and WOW — you guys were right. After years of randomly not understanding Twitter on certain nights and pretending to understand several pop culture references, I’m in. I’m finally in.

I’m eight episodes deep and thoroughly amused by the large amounts of sex and violence thus far. The storyline is quite confusing and I don’t know the names of many of the characters, but I have 100% bought into the concept and premise of this show.

I can see why people like Game of Thrones. It’s the perfect “sit on your phone and look up at the TV once in a while” show. I can sit on my phone, miss a bunch of the conversation — oftentimes dictated in a language I don’t understand — and not really miss anything.

Once in a while you will miss something pretty important while scrolling through Instagram, but alas, it doesn’t really matter! Everything is confusing; you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride.

When good stuff does happen, it’s great. Lots of cool violence, lots of cool medieval shit, and a plethora of nudity. A little bit of everything. Sometimes I have to turn it down so my roommate doesn’t think I’ve accidentally Chromecasted pornography to the television, but that’s all part of the rush.

Doing research for this piece, I discovered that there are already six seasons of this show? I for sure thought there were like, three, maybe four at most. Let me tell you, though: I am thrilled. Give me a show with high production value, lots of cool violence, sex, and interesting characters, and I’m 100% in.

You’ve probably seen more of the show than me and actually know what’s going on. You’ve seen battles, you’ve seen dragons, and you’ve seen lots of amorphous sexual activity. And I envy you. There are few shows that capture the world like Game of Thrones does, and you’ve been in the front row, watching this new world take shape in front of your eyes while I’m chasing behind, deep in shame, apologizing to everyone I called a nerd for watching in the past. SHAME! (That’s a reference I know exists but still don’t get; can’t wait to get there.)

I’ve arrived fashionably late to Game of Thrones, but I’m here, I’m fascinated, and this is going to be a big part of my life up until this free trial has ran its course or I get a job; whichever comes first.

At the end of the day, Game of Thrones is a lot like life: you don’t really understand it, violence is everywhere, and the sex is super weird.

I’m not sure where this journey will take me, but thank God for free trials.

Big Game of Thrones fan? We just so happen to put out Oysters, Clams & Cockles, an iTunes top 4 Game of Thrones podcast. Check it out below before a wight murks your ass.

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Skip Rush

Stronger than most of the high schoolers at my gym. Decent person. Worse writer.

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