Sunday, April 24, 2016

An Open Letter to Game of Thrones Watchers

Spoilers for both the show and the books.

Dear Game of Thrones Watchers,

I was once smug. I knew the fates of Ned, Caitlin, and Robb. I knew what happened to Joffrey and Khal Drogo. I never said, but I knew and I liked knowing and I was smug about it. We all have our vices.

But now, it's here. The day in which you become the smug show watchers and the smug book readers are knocked down a peg. Today is when the show officially delves into uncharted territory that may or may not be explored later in the books.

(I say "may or may not" because the show has veered WAY off course and at this point David Benioff and Dan Weiss are just writing fan fiction even though they technically know how George R.R. Martin is going to end the series. It was Jeyne Poole who was pretending to be Arya that married Ramsay Bolton and escaped with Theon Greyjoy, Tyrion hasn't met up with Daenerys, Ser Barristan is still alive, Stannis Baratheon hasn't died, nor did he gratuitously burn his daughter alive, and Catelyn Stark is still in the mix [in a manner of speaking]. Martin himself even said that the show wasn't able to do something he was planning for the books because the character involved was dead. But my annoyances with story changes are not what I came here to write about [I just have to mention it every time I talk about the show because COME ON, THESE ARE POINTLESS CHANGES YOU ARE MAKING AND THE SHOW IS SUFFERING BECAUSE OF IT!])

*Deep breath* I came here to write about the fact that the show is now officially ahead of the books, changed story or not. I know Jon Snow dies. I can't say I know he's coming back because I can't know anything until I read it, but I am 99.9% certain that he is because he is the literal personification of ice and fire (based on the L+R=J theory, something else that I'm 99.9% sure of). I think I have a pretty good idea of how he's coming back, but I could be wrong. Apart from that, I know nothing, Jon Snow. And that makes me sad.

I am tempted, though. It would be so very easy for me to turn on my TV and log into my friend's HBO Go account and watch the premier. Within an hour I would know better the fates of Dany, Jon, Arya, and Bran. And I would enjoy it (while simultaneously wanting to throw one of my ASOIAF books at the TV).

But at the same time, I would be spoiling myself for when I finally read The Winds of Winter. It won't be a thriller anymore, but a very in-depth recap and I can't do it. I won't. I want to read the real story and I want to read those surprises first.

So please, show watchers, please remember those of us who have forsaken the show but not the books. Some did it for spoilers, some for gratuitous sexual violence, others for the story, and some of us did it for all of those.

You can judge us for not watching. Many of us judged you for not reading the damn books (which were SO much better [except for A Dance With Dragons]) so it's only fair that you judge us for not taking one measly hour out of our week to watch the show. Just please, for the love of all that you find holy, don't spoil anything. Yes, there were a handful of dicks who spoiled things for you, but most of us were harmless smugs. I deserve your smugness. I deserve your judgement. But I don't deserve your spoilers.


A Song of Ice and Fire Fan

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