I’m a big fan of HBO’s sweeping fantasy opera Game of
Thrones – but to pretend the show is perfect doesn’t do it any favors.
The first season of the show was flawless. You can’t deny
I think a lot of the accolades heaped on the show, though,
stem from that first season.
In truth, the second season of the show was often plodding –
and the third season fell into the same trap until the Red Wedding swooped in
and turned the entire season on its ear. People say they love the third season –
but each and every one of them actually loves the Red Wedding – because that’s
all they cite when they praise the season.
I’m more in the middle – what I like, I really like and what
bores me really bores me. The good outweighs the bad, though.
I think Game of Thrones
does have one issue – and it’s not
an issue that can be easily fixed because the source material (which I haven’t
read) set up this broad landscape: The cast is too big.
It is hard to engage with every story because you can’t
engage with every cast member. So, you pick your favorites (for me that would
be Arya, Tyrion, Brand and Jaime) and focus on them. When scenes with people
that all start looking alike start to take time from your favorites – then things
start getting tedious.
Game of Thrones
does move the story along, though – and fans
have learned that no one is really safe when it comes to this show.
So, with that in mind, I decided to put together a wish
list. These are the five things I want to see happen on this fourth season of
Game of Throne
5. Jon Snow needs to get a personality:
Yes, I know this one
is petty, but watching Jon Snow is like
watching a man with constant
constipation try to act. It’s just flat-out painful. He’s an isolated character
(not as isolated as Daenerys, but still) and the action he’s involved in is
merely on the fringe of the big story. I’d like to see him become more than a
mopey mess and embrace a little of the Stark family pizzazz (even though I don’t
think he’s really a Stark). Jon was so close to Brand this past season that viewers
could almost taste it – so close to something that would at least give the
character a chance to shine – but it eluded him again. Let’s hope that a little
bit of color infiltrates Jon Snow’s (really) white world this season. Oh, and
if you could give that guy a haircut – that would be awesome.
4. Tyrion needs to get his revenge on his family:
only Lannister of any worth (I hold out reserved hope for Jaime), Tyrion is
always the one getting slapped down by a father that hates him, a sister that
loathes him and a nephew that’s one despicable act away from being the devil.
Sure, he’s had a few moments of greatness (slapping the crap out of Joffrey,
saving the day in season two) but he never gets the credit he deserves. After
all the awful things his father and nephew have done, Tyrion deserves to be the
one that takes them down (or at least out, for awhile). So I want him to come
up with one of his brilliant plans and yank the rug right out from under the
ruling party in King’s Landing.
3. Daenerys needs to be less of an island:
Everyone wants to
see the dragons, I get that. The problem Game of
is watching all of these freaks stab each other in the back. Daenerys
is fighting with people – but she’s fighting with people that don’t matter to
the overall story. I want to see her start to move towards the world she’s
insisting is her realm to govern. Quite frankly, I’m often bored with her
storyline because I know that it’s not really impacting the overall arc of the
show. Just give her something more important to do.
(for me) with Daenerys is that her
story is really occurring in a vacuum. I can ignore her less than probable character growth from scared misfit to dutiful wife to emotionally vacant
leader – even if I’ll never understand her motivations – but I cannot
understand why her story is so shut off from everyone else. The fun of
2. Arya needs to find one moment of happiness:
is the angriest little girl in the world. And, yes, I get it. Her father got
betrayed and beheaded. She lost her favorite pet because Joffrey was a
sniveling little worm. She’s been separated from her family – and learned to
kill for sport. Just when she was about to be reunited with her mother and
brother they were slaughtered and she was left to run around the countryside
with the deformed Hound. For all she knows, her entire family has been wiped
out. She has no idea where to go or who to make pay – although she’s keeping a
mental list and reciting it to herself on a nightly basis. I get all the
reasons why Arya is ticked – and I don’t want to see her gleefully skipping
through a field of daisies. I do want to see her find something to live for,
though. Just one thing that will make her smile.
1. The Lannisters need to be taken down a peg (or ten):
isn’t a place for spoilers, so if (or when)
the Lannisters are being lanced – I
don’t want book fans to ruin it here. From a purely fan perspective, Joffrey
needs to die. That little rodent is a clear sociopath – one that gets pleasure
in the pain of others. Sure, Jaime dropped Brand out of a tower window – but he
had a motive for it. I didn’t agree with the motive – I’m never really going to
get behind incest – but he wasn’t killing Brand because he wanted to kill him.
He was killing Brand to protect a secret that could get him, his sister and
their three children killed. That doesn’t make it right – but it does make it
understandable. Joffrey, on the other hand, gets off when other people are in
pain (often Sansa). He’s a spoiled little tart and this needs to be the season
where he gets his comeuppance. If it happens, I’m sure it will be in the ninth
episode of the season (which has proven to be the big turning point in every
season so far) – but I will watch that little turd die a thousand times if I
can. He can take his evil grandfather with him, by the way.
What do you think? What do you want to see on this season of
Game of Thrones