I’m going to get a lot of shit for this but George RR Martin’s tweets just ooze the very reason why I dislike Game of Thrones.
He kills off his characters in the most insignificant way possible without letting them go through any character development other than “my goal is now more/less urgent than before, oh" and then kills them without a second thought.
It’s shallow at best and I can’t even begin to comprehend why so many people are into this grimderp and edgy shit where everyone dies for no reason. At least with a series like Evangelion (where spoilers: EVERYONE ALSO DIES) you’re treated with a full and in-depth psycho analysis of each character which shows all their flaws and imperfections as human beings, and why exactly their personality is as it is… then Hideaki Anno kills them. I actually care about these characters because they’re real, believable people and you genuinely feel for them. I just don’t get any of that with George RR Martin’s characters.
All of the GoT characters just feel like generic power fantasies tbh. Even Daenerys whom I thought I’d really like when I first started watching the show ended up as POWER FANTASY: DRAGON WOMYN EDITION and I ended up not caring for her at all either. I know how this post was originally about how funny it is that Martin feels no remorse for killing so many main and side characters while someone like JK Rowling feels something for the many deceased side characters on her end but seriously; all I’m feeling is tastelessness on Martin’s part.
Fair points, the show has a slew of problems and those are definitely a part of them. The one thing I have to disagree with is the part about Daenerys. In the show (I don’t read the books because that’s a lot to read through and catch up on) the whole “OMG DRAGONS FUCK YEAH!!” business was only a thing in like season 2 & 3.
In the 4th season the show goes into the difficulties in retaining control of the cities she’d liberated and the reality she has to face now that she’s responsible not only for her struggle to take the throne but also the welfare of her people, among other things.
Thing is, she’s written from a perspective where you’re expected to build up HYPE for her (She’s of the Targaryen house, she marries KD, she’s hinted to be able to control dragons, and her dialogue in general) and that’s where I feel like she was basically written first and foremost as a power fantasy.
I actually liked Season 4 more than the other seasons: I must admit that in Season 4 she and a bunch of other surviving characters go through a bit of development but it’s mainly due to them being in the situation they’re in now and not something that I could see gradually happen throughout the series. It’s nice that there’s character development but it’s not exactly executed well.
On another note, I like George RR Martin’s worldbuilding, but how he executes it kinda feels off. Like, am I supposed to care how John Snow can do the dire wolf thing??? Because it’s quite easy for me to get invested in lore for fantasies but I’m not feeling it this time. I can’t really explain it but I hope you get what I’m saying.
I totally agree with the power fantasies thing, it does make the character feel rather underdeveloped. Also if you’re talking about the world building on the show then you’d have to look at David & Dan rather than GRRM, I think they’re the ones pulling the strings most of the time. I think they’re also the reason that many book readers are somewhat disenchanted with the show. The thing on the show that really knocked me out was the visual aspect though. They shot at locations that are visually stunning as they were (Malta, Croatia, N. Ireland, Iceland) so they didn’t have to add too much with CGI. Side note: I should start watching NGE one of these days.