Why We Need to be Honest About Game of Thrones Season Six

It’s been almost a month since the excellent The Winds of Winter (directed by Miguel Sapochnik – our newest hero) landed on our screens. Along with Battle of the Bastards (also directed by our man, Miguel), it represented some of the best television ever to be made; it was cinematic, fast-paced, excellently written, packed to the rafters with action, and moving in all the right places. Although the episodes in question didn’t actually offer audiences anything that they didn’t already suspect or even know was coming, we were all spellbound because of the grand, artistic, and beautiful ways in which the story was conveyed to us. We laid down the gauntlet for the season’s final two instalments, and the show makers delivered with interest – bravo. These episodes withstanding, however, season six has been far from a tour de force for reasons we won’t fully investigate here, but please do go and check out our previous reviews and videos for some frank analysis and opinions of each of this season’s offerings.

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In Miguel we trust

To cut a long story short, season six has been, for the most part, a blindingly poor effort. The storytelling has been tedious and ponderous, the writing and directing have been lazy if-not amateurish, and the cinematography at times has displayed little more artistry than your run-of-the-mill episode of CSI, with its pragmatic, “point and shoot” (as we’ve coined it) camerawork. Of course season six hasn’t been objectively bad television, but given that Game of Thrones is one of the defining cultural pieces of our generation, don’t you think that we have a right to expect that every episode be striving for excellence? Considering the uniquely nuanced and meticulously crafted world handed to the show makers by George R.R Martin, the sprawling and adoring fanbase the show’s early seasons earned, and the ever-inflating budget oozing from the HBO coffers, it’s a travesty and an affront to the show’s loyal fans that we’re not getting something of comparable quality to Winds of Winter and Hardhome in each and every episode. Of course we understand that storylines require time in which to be nurtured, but not EIGHT EPISODES. It’s been an endless source of frustration for us because the improvements could have been implemented so easily had those in charge taken just a smidgeon more time to think about what they were doing.

Believe us, we don’t want to be moaning about a show like this every week, far from it, but it’s important to call a turd a turd when its dropping slowly onto your head from above. As a community, not only in terms of television but the world as a whole, we need to stand together and demand that things be better, and prove that we’re not just a starving, gormless mass who’ll gratefully guzzle down anything that’s tossed our way. We shan’t get political; let’s focus on entertainment and GoT in particular. Something we’ve noticed at G4me0ver as we cast our eyes to our competitors (we’re coming for ya!), is that not a bad word is EVER spoken about Game of Thrones. Seriously, we mean EVER. Every major site in the game spills gushing, ill-informed, sycophantic reviews week after week of Thrones’s run, churning out an endless tide of clickbait and praise with the same degree of insight that a toddler has on the laws of thermodynamics, or a Stark on the avoidance of betrayal.

He's behind you!

He’s behind you!

The over veneration of mediocrity has become a serious issue in our society as a whole. Let’s take the music industry as an example. The amount of worship for cynical, cold products of “music” and their producers in recent years is bordering on criminal, with even highly intelligent, thoughtful young people proliferating the existence of songs and “artists” that range from the vapid to the outright horrible. We won’t name any names, here, but we’re sure you can think of a myriad of examples for yourselves. It’s this acceptance and glorification of dull, lifeless products under the guise of art pumped out by faceless corporate monoliths that contributes to the dumbing down of the masses which, now more than ever, is plain to see. We’re undoubtedly in the golden age of television, and Game of Thrones is arguably the medium’s glistening flagship. Let’s not permit it to be a catalyst for its own demise. After all, culture is what binds us together, teaches us about ourselves, and even helps to construct the very values of our society. If we allow our culture to become dull, lifeless, and controlled by those who would see it exploited and warped in the name of profit, we must inevitably follow.


Dan S

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