‘Game of Thrones’ is one of those genre shows that inspires
an entire regiment of angry fans whenever you dare call its quality into
Still, I was surprised yesterday when I was debating about
purchasing season two for my video collection and I heard a couple voicing the
thoughts I was internalizing.
“I don’t know if we should get it. It wasn’t as good as the
Now, it’s important to note that ‘Game of Thrones’ will
probably never be able to live up to its first season because that was one of
those rare perfect seasons. When a show doesn’t make one wrong turn in an
entire season – you know you have something special.
I think that’s why the second season was so disappointing to
me. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad season of television. In fact, it was
still better than a good 75 percent of what’s out there – it just wasn’t as
good as it should have been.
I think the biggest problem with ‘Game of Thrones’ is that
the cast is simply too big.
This is an interesting and expansive universe, but there
were times when I found myself struggling to remember exactly who was who – and
what ties they had to others on the canvas – when it came time to fight for the
I am invested in a lot of the characters – especially Arya
and Tyrion, who both steal every scene they’re in – but there are a lot of
secondary characters that start to drag momentum down.
Sure it was interesting watching the red witch give birth to
the smoke monster from ‘Lost’ last season – but the outcome of that story was
so boring that I couldn’t really get into it.
The other problem ‘Game of Thrones’ has is that they have a
few weak actors in very important parts. The two biggest are Emilia Clark as
Daenerys and Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Maybe I just didn’t notice how weak
this duo was in the first season – after all, I was distracted with Daenerys
getting naked every five seconds and Jon Snow was hidden behind all that hair.
Their shortcomings could not be ignored in the second
season, though, and things stalled when either of them was on the screen.
Side note: If you think Harington is bad as Jon Snow, you
should have seen him in the new ‘Silent Hill’ movie – it was almost painful to
watch, but I digress.
‘Game of Thrones’ has a lot to offer. I’m invested in Tyrion
and his ongoing struggles with his family. I desperately want to see both
Joffrey and Cersei get what is coming to them. I’m even intrigued by what’s to
come for Jamie Lannister.
To get back on track, though, ‘Game of Thrones’ needs to
narrow their focus and zoom in on what is important. I understand book purists
are going to cry like little babies, but if they don’t reign in the show a
little bit – people are going to feel overwhelmed by the world and start tuning
Oh, and for those that are curious, I opted not to get the
second season of ‘Game of Thrones.’ I may buy it down the line, but when I
honestly sat down and thought about it – there was only one episode I had any
interest in rewatching (I bet everyone knows which one).
What do you think? Does ‘Game of Thrones’ need some tweaking
for the third season?