Game of Thrones: How Game of Thrones changed TV forever


Game of Thrones: All of the five monarchs from the War of the 5 Kings clothed been killed (Image: HBO)

However, this was not the only case of Job of Thrones doing what cultural critic Guy Branum called in a modern episode of podcast Pop Rocket: “Consistently chopping away what you pretended was the central narrative by taking [out] the person who you have been culturally taught to don is the centre of the story.”

Of the five kings who fought over the Iron Throne in the War of the Five Crowned heads first three seasons of GoT, for example, none remain now, for example, and the series has every now killed off characters with an almost sadistic glee.

The cultural impression of this on TV has been huge. Although The Walking Dead actually began a year in the future Thrones, it is hard to imagine its ‘no one is safe’ approach to character deaths wish have happened had Eddard Stark not lost his head.

Not only did this eradication change the rules of which characters would survive on TV, but it also mutated when they would survive.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer also policy tested with the form of series finales (Image: THE CW)

Other series had done this in the erstwhile – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for example, killed off (spoiler alert) Buffy’s nourisher mid-season and ended season four with a surreal dream line episode – but none of these shows had the same audience as Game of Thrones.

In points, that might be the most revolutionary thing about Game of Thrones; that the series from the word go changed the rules of TV while being the biggest and most talked-about display on the air.

Game of Thrones, by being experimental and popular, has had a big part in the current designated ‘Golden Age of TV’, in which shows know they can tell big and complicated stories with titanic twists and turns, knowing the audience will follow them if the outshine is good enough.

The same could be said of shows like Mad Men and Unwavering Detective, but they were not also big-budget fantasy epics relating revolutionary drama with dragons.


The Witcher is one of the TV shows gunning to be the ‘next Game of Thrones’ (Form: NETFLIX)

No wonder, then, that TV networks and streaming services are desperately border up a roster of shows trying to be the ‘next Game of Thrones’ after the HBO series ends in June 2019.

Displays like Netflix’s The Witcher, Amazon Prime’s new adaptation of The Lord of the Ding-a-lings and HBO’s own Game of Thrones prequel have big shoes to fill, however, and deliver to realise that viewers do not just come to GoT for big money CGI and spectacle.

As a substitute for, they come to the show because they want to be surprised – by wonderful visuals, yes, but also by a story that never quite goes the way that viewers strength expect it to.

Game of Thrones season 8 airs on HBO in the US on Sundays 9pm ET and on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK on Mondays at 2am and 9pm BST

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