Why is Game of Thrones so addictive?

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. 

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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. 

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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.  

Why is Game of Thrones so addictive?