A Discussion of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Lunch & Learn

GOT_Library-TVGame of Thrones, HBO’s hit show adapted from the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series by George R.R. Martin, recently wrapped up its seventh season a few weeks ago. The Bellevue University Library will be hosting a Lunch and Learn Game of Thrones discussion panel about the series on Tuesday, September 26th, moderated by library staff members Chrystal Dawson, Joel Hartung, and Colin Kehm. We will be discussing the entire series, including the books and latest season.

You can register for this event here!

Read on for a brief season seven review, and a preview of our upcoming event! Spoilers below…

I didn’t watch the first season of Game of Thrones when it aired. I was in grad school with no access to HBO, and no time to get sucked into a new show. It wasn’t until the summer break, when I binged watched the show and became addicted. Between the airing of the first and second season, I read all five published novels, and became slightly obsessed with the intricate, layered storytelling and subversion of the fantasy genre.

Seven years later, the show has passed the novels and abandoned much of this intricate storytelling, focusing on a smaller cast of characters and a streamlined fantasy heroes journey, for better or worse. The seventh season of the show still managed to entertain and occasionally surprise me, but I can’t shake the nagging feeling that the remaining books (if they are ever published) will be entirely different from the television show.

With one season remaining, let’s look back at the good and bad from season seven.

The Good:

  • The Dragons: In bringing Dany and her dragons to Westeros finally, the show managed to deliver one of the greatest television action sequence ever filmed – the Loot Train Attack. Watch HBO’s making-of featurette to get a behind the scenes look at this excellent sequence.
  • Jon & Dany finally meet: In introducing Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, the show did a great job in having them not immediately trust or like one another.
  • Character reunions: Davos and Gendry, Bronn and Tyrion, Tyrion and Cersei, Tyrion and Jaime, Brienne and Jaime, The Hound and Brienne, The Hound and the Mountain, the Hound and basically anyone the Hound interacted with… all of these reunions, with a few notable exceptions (we’ll get to that next…) made for great television!

The Not So Good:

  • The Stark Reunions: I’ve been wanting to see the Stark children reunite since they all went their separate ways at the end of the first season. Instead of fun, happy reunions, we instead get Bran being creepy with Sansa, and Arya and Sansa bickering / threatening one another all season. There was no dramatic tension in any of this, and it definitely was not worth the build-up to Littlefinger’s much-deserved demise.
  • “Fast Travel” & Teleporting Ravens: The show has abandoned all time and space logic for the sake of moving the plot forward at a breakneck pace. Ravens teleport, delivering news at the most opportune moment. Characters seemed to unlock the “Fast Travel” ability from role playing video games. Most of the time, this works just fine, but there are moments where this lack of logic ruined sequences that could have been amazing (notably, everything that happened beyond the wall in season 7).

All in all, season seven of Game of Thrones was very entertaining, and I will certainly stick around to see how it all ends in the next season. I hope the next book comes out first, though, because I am sure that the show has deviated wildly from George R.R. Martin’s original vision.

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