Recruiting New Members for “The Watch”

WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS for all 7 seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones, all 5 ASoIaF books, and other related material/speculation.

Last year, right before season 6 began its run, I assisted my parents along the journey of watching Game of Thrones after they expressed an interest in finally seeing what the hype was all about. Now, over a year later, they’re both caught up, they both own shirts, we went to the Game of Thrones: Live Concert Experience together this past March, and we all look forward to Sundays during the season because it means sitting down together for a new episode.

Now, my older sister, likely weary of hearing me (and others) ramble and rave about Game of Thrones for the past few years, finally decided to make the leap, so she and her fiance have been working through the series (at a very respectable pace) for about a month. My parents were semi-spoiled for a lot of major events, but my sister has gone into it totally blind, and her reactions to the most “memorable” moments have been pretty great so far, so I thought I’d share a few of them here.

At the start, I’d worried the gratuitous sex/violence would turn her off of the show, but they made it to the end of season 1 in about a week. Her reaction was understandable, as she expressed a disdain for a certain boy king with a sadistic streak…

 

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So she expressed an initial hatred for Joffrey, Cersei, and Littlefinger, and a dislike of Sansa, which I think is pretty typical for a lot of fans. Also, like many, she thought Dany’s name was “khaleesi.” But that’s like, the same as 50% of the people who watch the show, and it is a much easier title to remember than “Daenerys,” so I can’t fault anyone for that if they haven’t read the books beforehand.

We had a few scattered phone conversations after this where I answered some questions and we discussed some of the character logic and other miscellaneous info, but the real moment I was waiting for was her reaction to “The Rains of Castamere.” My parents more or less knew it was coming because they’d seen some post “Red Wedding” episodes before embarking on a full watch, so I couldn’t wait for my sister to react to the (arguably) most shocking moment in the show’s history. She also told me over the phone that one of her favorite characters was Talisa, Robb’s wife, so I figured she would take the episode pretty hard. And I was not disappointed!

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Pretty much as glorious as I expected! I also laughed pretty hard at “the burned face man,” which I assume meant The Hound. I was actually a little worried they would give up on their watch after the Red Wedding, since it’s often a major, devastating shock to non-book readers, but they forged on ahead, and I was pleased to get a reaction to Season 4 episode 2…

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I actually spoke to her and her fiance in person about it last week, and they’ve already plowed through season 4 and are midway through season 5. I’m anticipating a GREAT reaction to some season 6 moments (not sure if either of them have picked up on a certain jarring revelation), and to basically all of season 7,  so I hope I get more of these types of texts in the future. Recruiting new members for “The Watch,” has been a rewarding experience thus far, and it saddens me to know that after season 8, we will be forced to say “our watch has ended.” But until then, bringing new followers into the “Light of the Seven” will never get old!

Next Friday, I’ll publish my last (planned) GoT-themes post for the season, which will be a general discussion about season 7 and my observations of the high and low points, as well as speculation of what’s to come for season 8. Stay tuned!

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