The Iron Essay

By Zachary Anderson-Yoxsimer

Shame...Shame...Shame! These are the words I heard echoing internally as my friends and family kept begging and pushing me to watch HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” However, I’ve never been one to enjoy an endless supply of violence or sex scenes. G.O.T. provides a plethora of examples of the characters’ barbaric behavior through the first seven seasons, but fans flock to the show for more than this. The show’s central plot and storyline, for the most part, follow along George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice,” but the key moments of each season allow “Game of Thrones” to have its own life beyond the book.

Each individual fan has their “got hooked” moment, but since you’re reading this, it is about my “got hooked” moment. I watched all seven seasons of “Game of Thrones” only one month until the release of the show’s final season. After every episode, I searched for the deeper meaning in each minute detail, ranging from the White Walkers, three-eyed ravens, and troublemakers. I frantically called my dad (Lord Yoxsimer of Glendale, Warden of Goofiness) and texted my friends to understand the overall plot; I was continuously dumbfounded. HBO found a way to rip out my heart at least once or twice every single season. As my binge went on, I realized the dialogue foreshadows, or spoils, the plot going forward. Numerous times I found myself guessing the short term plot in the story. Of course, “Game of Thrones” keeps all of the fans on their toes.

If you ever thought a show must keep the main protagonist alive to keep the plot interesting going forward, you’re wrong. If for some reason you have not watched the show, then I’ll give you some friendly advice: Go watch it. And now, your read has ended...for now!