I did one thing silly. I let a Twitter ballot decide roughly 80 hours of my life over the following 50 days. I requested Twitter if I ought to rewatch each episode of “Sport of Thrones” earlier than the ultimate season, which is about to premiere on April 14. These twitterers mentioned I ought to. Fool that I’m, I made a decision to run with what 28 of 32 nameless voters mentioned I ought to do with my life.
So who’s coming with me? This isn’t a misery-loves-company state of affairs. I’m stoked. Let’s all get stoked collectively.
I started yesterday, plowing by three episodes in a day. And let me let you know: Bran Stark is the cutest little child, Cersei Lannister’s relentless thirst for energy is in its infancy and Eddard Stark is sort of a blind child panda relating to politics. The collection is off and operating, and when you understand how every part seems, it educates and enriches each storyline. It’s sort of like watching these characters relive their highschool glory days, with the data of how their lives panned out (or ended). Jamie Lannister has his sword-bearing hand again. Jon Snow is in his awkward stage, however no less than the destiny of the world isn’t but on his shoulders so he doesn’t must brood a lot. (He nonetheless broods loads.) Rob Stark, Rickon Stark and Girl Stark are alive. Theon Greyjoy nonetheless has his manhood. The crew is entire, actually.
The gravity of the primary episode — which options the primary sighting of the White Walkers, who principally turns into a non-story for a number of seasons — looms a lot bigger, like an ignored and festering wound. Each main misstep is brutal, as a result of you recognize what the repercussions will likely be. Each second of foreshadowing looks like a clue you missed on the primary go-round (for instance, Jamie rejects the concept of turning into the Hand of the King once more as a result of their lifespans are too brief. Enter: Eddard).
Not solely does having data of the present’s route assist educate the present’s previous, however the present’s previous also needs to educate the present’s route. As the brand new season approaches, it could behove us as viewers to review the present’s twists and turns yet another time earlier than absorbing the ultimate episodes of the collection. (Might we learn the books? Certain, however that’d take for much longer than 80 hours. The primary e book on tape is 34 hours. When you’re up for that, go for it. Consider, it’s a special textual content with a special plot line than the TV exhibits.) Armed with an intensive data of the story, we are able to higher perceive the finality of one of many biggest exhibits to ever air on tv.
I’m absolutely conscious that binging a present with this many hours makes me a complete nerd. I’m happy with that. This present is fairly freaking nerdy. Settle for it. Embrace it.
The nerd in me is aware of that the scope of this present is expansive. The nerd in me is aware of that this present deserves to be studied. And the nerd in me is having fun with a possibility to really feel absolutely ready for Winter by trekking again to Summer time so as to actually perceive how far the present has come.