- The characters. I don't really care about…any of them…And when I said this to a friend, she said it was one of the most character driven shows ever. Having watched a hell of a lot of television, I cannot say I agree at all, but I think I know why I don't. GoT has a lot of characters with a lot of backstory and I cannot care about that many people in a show. There is a reason most shows have principle casts of six or seven people and that is because most television watchers like to relate and form emotional connections with a small number of characters, not the entire bloody show. I can't remember most of the characters names, let alone form any sort of attachment to them. In addition, they all sort of suffer from what I see as the River Song complex, which is to say I am meant to care. The writers want me to give a shit about every little backstory and I feel like I'm being forced into it for some reason and I just don't.
- The shock value. It's HBO, so let's be honest, I saw this coming. I do not have a problem with sex or blood or gore, but this is just ridiculous. Every fourth shot is blood GUSHING from a body or blowjobs or rough sex or boobs and I don't feel like it adds to the story. There is a way to show gore and make it feel real. There is a way to have sex be sexy and not just there to show that THE MEN LIKE IT ROUGH AHHH MEN ARE TOUGH. You can write it off as historically accurate or whatever, but that doesn't make the format and way of going about the sex and the violence classy. HBO is a big fan of just over the top for the sake of shock and that's all I really feel when I watch these scenes. Blood does not squirt like that. God.
- And finally, I suppose the hype may have played into it. I was super excited by everyone talking about it and Sean Bean, who I adore, being involved. This definitely is not the only reason, though, so don't write off my dislike of the show as too much hype.
Days till London: 28.