OK, OK, please sheath your swords. This is nothing for anyone to lose their head over. It is in my nature to rock the status quo a bit and since everyone is on a GAME OF THRONES rave right now it is perfect time to throw into the court my one complaint. Again, there is no reason to raise ire for when I am done here you will see that this complaint is truly a minor one at that. Also note that this complaint is not about the overall production quality of the work but more about the structure of the series. Simply put… they are burning through this series too fast!
There, I have declared it from the top of the Wall at the top of my lungs. This thought arose after watching Season 1 play out in only 10 episodes. Hmm, let’s do some simple math here. my copy of the book “Game of Thrones” has 806 pages broken down into 73 short chapters so, that is burning through 80 pages per episode. Surely, they, as in Executive Producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, could have stretched that a bit couldn’t they? They could have easily gotten two 10-episode seasons out of the first George RR Martin book.
The other option could have been an HBO first if they had aired a 22 episode season like broadcast TV does.. HBO shows air only 8 – 13 episodes per season. If you are like me, don’t you see yourself saying ‘ This that it and I have to wait how long to see more?” Oh, the frustration.
And the next season, the second, is now upon us and we are going to burn through it in 10 quick episodes as well. It sounds like just a petty negative rant but, with Hollywood struggling to find good material to capture audience’s attention, whether it on the big screen or the ones you have at home, you would think the industry would want to milk every ounce of goodness out of the material instead of condensing it and/or rushing through it. Our attention spans are quite capable of watching something good like the product HBO delivers. At least, there are three more seasons ahead and possibly two more after that if the books are written in time and the show stays strong and within budget. Anyway, by my theory GAME OF THRONES could last twice as long as it is actually going to run. Wouldn’t we all want that?
The other side of the issue is of course that the show is an action story of clashing families through the years. The show needs to keep that exciting pace and not turn into a TREME which examines the minutiae of life. That is not what GAME OF THRONES is about, Viewers want the clash of wars and personalities but, there are interesting internal moments of many a character that gets lost in this action-oriented story that were great embellishments in the books.
It is still the old movie-making conundrum of converting literary works to the screen.
I’m excited that this story is on HBO and is being given the quality production value it deserves. However, I wish it could play out a bit more slowly and find time to get to know characters even deeper than we do instead of rushing to the action and rushing to its end. And that is my weak complaint. So you see, no need to send the dire-wolves after me.; I’ll enjoy the show as much as you and be disappointed along with you when the story is done. Enjoy GAME OF THRONES!