Is it the use of Language?
Why is Game of Thrones so addictive? ‘Game of Thrones’ displays the use of language, which depicts the power wielded by certain characters during the progression of its plot. I have decided to choose the two producers because they are likely to be the most knowledgeable people about the show. The interview setting is the ‘Con of Thrones’ – the world’s largest global conference for fans, actors and creators to commemorate the ‘Game of Thrones’ – at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando Florida. Joanna Robinson, a long time Hollywood writer for television and film, will interview the chief guests at the Con of Thrones, as she has been its anchor for the past three years.
I have incorporated a semi-formal but confident and knowledgeable register to voice Benioff and Weiss’s conceptualization of power. The participants’ speech depicts its deployment, with their choice of diction demonstrating it both explicitly and implicitly.
Why is Game of Thrones so addictive?
Joanna Robinson: I would like to start by welcoming our guests, David Benioff and DB Weiss, for taking time out from their busy schedule to answer a few of our questions about their revolutionary TV Show that has got every one of us on the edge of our seats – ‘Game of Thrones.’ This has become one of the most popular TV shows of all times, and never fails to intrigue its audience with its perfect cocktail mix of violence, fantasy and power struggles. This TV series, set in the ancient lands of Westeros and depicts the intense power struggle by incumbents to gain absolute control over its seven kingdoms by sitting on the so called ‘Iron Throne,’ a ceremonial chair forged from the fire of dragons.
So, let’s begin. Today, at Con of Thrones. I would like to start by asking our guests if they feel they have depicted ‘power,’. Which is the predominant theme in the series, implicitly through their characters’ use of language. Or whether brought out explicitly through the deployment of fantasy and violence.
Benioff: Well, there are several ways to answer this question. Let me start off by saying that ‘Game of Thrones’ is the conquest for the ‘Iron Throne’ – which is symbolic of something eternal and almighty, suggesting that the person who occupies it wields absolute power. Thus, as you mentioned earlier, “power” is the central pillar around which the entire plot revolves. We’ve tried our best to display this power as dynamic – one that constantly changes hands between our principal characters, whether it be Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister or Daenerys Targaryen.
Now, when it comes to using language to demonstrate this power, we have several characters who will say and do anything that is required to rise to the top. Cersei Lannister for example, makes her position on supremacy unequivocally clear to Eddard Stark by stating “When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”
Why is Game of Thrones so addictive?
Weiss: I agree with David. While this quest for power emerges as the most dominant theme, and amplifies the show’s dramatic impact, it simultaneously clarifies the baser instincts of the show’s characters through their actions. Strangely enough, they seem to almost converge in their pursuit of power. We interwove strains of raw realism along with fantasy fiction in an almost surreal scenario of medieval castles with intimidating pointed turrets, to expose the audience to an anarchic state that exhibits unruliness, the absence of law and order, and unrestrained displays of power and violence, reminiscent of modern times. Petyr Baelish cynically tells Varys, “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try it again,” during their conversation in Season 3. This statement also clearly demonstrates Petyr’s agenda about ruling the seven kingdoms by occupying the ‘Iron Throne.’
Robinson: Thank you for those insightful responses on the relationship between power and the use of language. Moving on, what do you think has made ‘Game of Thrones’ such a phenomenal global success?
Benioff: I believe it has to do with the fact that modern audiences can associate whatever happens in the show with real life in strife-ridden contemporary society. A good example to reflect upon would be the corrupt nature of politics today, and on absolute monarchies. For instance, in the series, King Robert, Cersei Lannister, and their flock of advisors constantly pitted against each other. Ceaselessly wrestling for ultimate control, thereby indicating that politics, a ubiquitous game played by all nationalities through the ages.
While Queen Cersei unleashes terror and evil during her regime behind the mask of beauty and veiled sensuality. Her political strength nevertheless displayed in one of the earlier episodes of Season 2. This is evident almost immediately after Lord Baelish’s claim when he accompanies Cersei and her guards in the courtyard. He states that, “Knowledge is power,” while obliquely referring to his treasure house of secrets. Instantly apprehended by Cersei’s guards upon her command. And finds himself in a vulnerable position with a knife at his throat. Fortunately for him, Cersei surprisingly orders his timely release muttering, “Power is power,”. Thereby depicting her immense confidence in her own powers, having consolidated her own position in the power hierarchy.
Weiss: Moreover, during the progression of the plot, the audience is probably also dismayed to discover that its illusion of the female archetypal ‘damsel in distress’ is shattered. Khaleesi, one of the female protagonists, belies the myth that women of her era are delicate, dainty and bashful. ‘The Mother of Dragons’ fearlessly vanquishes all male resistance that poses a threat to her rule. Moreover, we have introduced elements of the supernatural in the form of fiery mythical dragons and mystical figures. Like Melisandre that work with magic, to augment elements of fantasy and horror that appeal universally to audiences. While Melisandre deploys magic to invoke fear and empower herself. Tyrion, who is physically incapacitated, deploys his mental faculties to force changes in his environment.
Ironically, however, Tyrion’s trial depicts the inefficacy of exerting mental prowess in a society devoid of reasoning power.
Thereby depicting the mental anguish resulting from by someone’s powerlessness in acting judiciously. Though Tyrion is the embodiment of justice, truth and love, and epitomizes morality, he becomes a victim of injustice himself. As he is incapacitated with his physical deformities, and therefore unable to take the corrective action that parallels his reasoning. Lastly, therefore, he ironically represents those individuals worldwide who are able to discern good from evil. But are unfortunately not empowered to effect change.
Robinson: Well, it’s been a pleasure discussing this topic with you both at Con of Thrones here in Orlando.
Benioff: We thank you for giving us the opportunity to clarify our original understanding of the theme of power.