I know that there are a few fans of Game of Thrones here, so I thought I'd make a topic to discuss the first six seasons and the book series that it's based on. However, I want to keep this topic accessible for those who have not watched Game of Thrones or read A Song of Ice and Fire; please use
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George R.R. Martin is my favourite author and A Song of Ice and Fire is my favourite book series. I've read all the books, as well as the prequel collection Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and the two short novellas, The Princess and the Queen and The Rogue Prince. In fact, I've read every novel that Martin has written. Who else has the read Martin's work and which books?
For those unfamilar with Martin's work, A Song of Ice of Fire is particularly noteworthy for subversion standard fantasy tropes and it's gritty, medieval inspired world where no character is safe. If you've read A Song of Ice and Fire, Fevre Dream is his next best novel, a tale about vampires which raises interesting questions about the morality of their actions. I also highly recommend Martin's thought provoking novella 'A Song for Lya'.
I also really enjoyed the first four seasons of Game of Thrones. From season 5 onwards, I felt that the quality started to decline, for a number of reasons, but mostly because the stories began to feel more contrived as the writers began the invent their own stories, stories more about shock value and getting the characters where they need to be, rather than because it makes realistic or narrative sense. Don't let that put you off watching the show though, it's still overall the best epic fantasy on television, and the most recent series had some of the best scenes in the series, but the books are definitely better. This is a rare case where the show is now ahead (chronologically) where the books are up to, so the writers had no choice but to devise some stories of their own. Also books 4 and 5 were slower paced so wouldn't have been a good fit for television. I think what the show is really good at is moments, so the fact that seasons 7 and 8 will be shorter gives me hope that they'll be able to produce more focused end story with some amazing scenes that will send the series out with a bang.
My predictions for season 7:
- Daenerys will become more of villain character. Martin is known for subverting the reader's expectations around and there are hints that she is inheriting her fathers madness going all the way back to season 1. Whether she will overcome this, I don't know.
- Bringing the Dothraki to Westeros will not be good for the people of Westeros. Daenerys may not be able to control them, or may not care if she thinks the means justify the ends. Since Martin's story is one that shows the problems caused by war, and Daenerys is being portrayed as a conqueror, I can't see her invasion being painted in a positive light.
- Jamie will kill Cersei. He stabbed the mad king in the back for burning people with wildfire and that look he gave her at the end of season 6 is not a happy one.
- Littlefinger will rise higher. I feel that we haven't seen the worst of Petyr Baelish yet; he may side with Cersei in an upcoming battle or attempt to drive a wedge between Jon and Sansa.
- The threat of the White Walkers will continue to be ignored by the majority of Westeros until season 8.
I played through Season 1 of the Telltale series. The story isn't exactly a masterpiece, a little too inspired by the show's story that it's based on, but focused on a smaller house loyal to the Starks. But if you want more Game of Thrones to tide you over until the next TV season, the Telltale series is the next best thing. Lots of cameos from the main story's characters, portrayed by the same actors. Since I'm a big fan of this world, I'll likely play Season 2 and beyond.
The other game I tried was an action RPG called Game of Thrones, released in 2012 for seventh generation consoles and PC. I would not recommend it though.