I wandered upstairs the other night where my wife happened to be watching television. Immediately I became concerned. She was watching Game of Thrones.
Mind you, she didn’t say that she was watching Game of Thrones. I just looked at the TV and immediately knew. I haven’t ever seen it before (though I have read the first book), even pictures, but I still immediately knew. As some might imagine, I was worried.
Why? Why was I worried? I’ve seen what Game of Thrones can do. I’ve seen more and more friends get completely enveloped in that show. It becomes their life, leaving very little for anything else. Further, since my wife controls the television, I would be exposed to the entire series whether I liked it or not (By the way, we just got HBO so she could watch True Blood once it starts again. As such, she could watch all of the first couple seasons of Game of Thrones on demand whenever and however obsessively she wanted to, heedless of the effect upon her life).
However, it turns out that I did not need to be concerned. Game of Thrones did not end up capturing my wife’s interest.
Now, she did think it was a good show. I just think there was too much for her to take in before she really started caring. She watched a few of the first couple episodes of season 1, but very quickly I realized she was only half watching them.
Since she was watching on demand, she could fast forward through the “boring parts.” These parts, of course, are where less action is going on (i.e., some of the extremely significant plot thread development). Not surprisingly, not having taken in these plot points, my wife started becoming disinterested. She fast forwarded through more and more of the episodes. Then she went online and looked up the plot overviews for the first five books.
In the end? Well, it doesn’t look like she’s going to become an addict or that I’m going to have to put up with her watching the show all the time and talking about it. It just didn’t pull her in fast enough and she got bored (unlike True Blood). I suppose that’s probably a good thing. We’ve just got too much going on in her life for there to be room for Game of Thrones.