"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you."
- Lord Tyrion Lannister
So I've just been on one of the biggest binges of my life - Game of Thrones. OH MY GOD. The best writing, best performances, best plots I have ever seen. So dark and brutal. I'm completely obsessed, watched the entire first two seasons in a week and a bit. The theme song keeps playing in my head. I look around at how humans live now and it's just so homogenised and BORING. We've got no fight left. Where's all the passion and treachery and bravery and honour?
My world has been changed from watching it. When either of my boys ask me something I answer with, "Yes my Lord?" And they don't blink an eye because mum is a bit odd.
I tried to watch a cheeky episode in the middle of the day last week and *just* when there was a graphic sex scene (it's rated R ... FOR RAD) Rocco bursts open the door, looks at the screen and starts in glee.
"BOOBS! I CAN SEE HER BOOBS! WHY ARE THEY MOVING LIKE THAT? BOOOOOBS!!!"
Instead of rushing for the remote I ran to him and tried to cover his eyes but he peeled my hands off. I CAN STILL SEE THEM BOOOOOOBS MUM!
He still talks about the boobs he saw, as well as the man on the ladies back. So now it's strictly night-time watching after the kids are in bed. Hopefully Rocco will forget what he saw before school goes back.
I won't do any spoilers for those who haven't seen it yet .. the characters are so intricate, not black and white at all. (I just googled "Is George Martin" (the author) a complete squillionaire?") He probably is. The first of the series was published in 1996. He'd have never have known how much of an impact it would have, seventeen years later. When he was a kid he used to write monster books and sell them to the neighbourhood kids for pennies.
The very first I heard of it was when Veronica was reading the series a few years ago. One of my favourite characters is Lord Tyrion Lannister, beautifully played by Peter Dinklage:
Small-statured but one of the strongest, biggest characters in the entire show. With the best one-liners.
I started to look at Rocco and do a double-take. And realised I should probably take a break for a while so I am. The beauty is, series three awaits me ready for download. I know what a glutton I am so I'm saving it .... almost caved last night, then remembered I have no money in my bank account so can't buy it anyway. Nearly asked Dave to transfer four bucks over, you know, just for a taste.
Then I said the serenity prayer, got a grip, and went to sleep.
Do you watch it? Do you have the theme song running in a circuit in your head? Do you walk outside and expect castles and dragons and wars and it's just all blue skies and lawn mowing?
Most importantly, what the HELL else can you recommend watching because I'm already sad about when I have no episodes left.
Series 2 Episode 9 - ending song:
And who are you,
the proud lord said,
that I must bow so low?
Only a cat of a different coat,
that's all the truth I know.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
a lion still has claws,
And mine are long and sharp,
my lord, as long and sharp as yours.
And so he spoke,
and so he spoke,
that lord of Castamere,
But now the rains weep o'er his hall,
with no one there to hear.
Yes now the rains weep o'er his hall,
and not a soul to hear.