Game Of Boredom?

Will winter finally arrive? Will anything significant happen this season? Should the ‘Game of Thrones’ series have waited for the books release? In today’s world consistent ratings matter and money talks, so waiting for the release of Martin’s 6th book ‘Winds of Winter’ before putting out season 6 would create a delay that HBO would never condone. Despite having all the key points of future tales and how the story ends, the lack of source material couldn’t be more evident in the latest season. Rather than feeling like a continuation that flows seamlessly from where we last left off, thus far it feels broken, and as if the show writers are merely making things up as they go along.

The face I've made watching each episode thus far

The face I’ve made watching each episode thus far

We are already 4 episodes in, and with the exception of Jon Snow’s return, nothing of major significance has occurred and the story continues to bounce around from character to character, so much so that you aren’t given a chance to truly digest anything happening or to develop a solid interest in one particular plot line.For 3 episodes now we have seen Arya being punished/trained with a stick, Daenerys moping around the desert, Sansa and company sitting around the snow covered woods, Ramsay consistently becoming more and more evil to where it’s becoming less believable at this point, Cersei doing what Cersei does, and Tyrion drinking and contemplating. Going into the 4th episode of a 10 episode season, the lack of character/story development is quite frightening. Even the return of Jon Snow could have been written into the season premier, leaving us with a solid amount of time to build his story arc. By the time anything major happens involving his character we will most likely gearing up for the finale to close out the season.

Don't worry Bran, we'll finish the flashbacks

Don’t worry Bran, we’ll finish the flashbacks

The most interesting story has to be the return of Bran and his viewing of past events. Rather than giving us a solid back story with the explanations we have been waiting for, the producers are teasing us with bits and pieces. By the time we are given the full story the season will be over and we will be relegated to waiting another year before relevance is explained. The flashbacks are awesome, and maybe i’m being a bit impatient in wanting to KNOW now, but I have a feeling they are going to drag it out as long as possible.

It’s already becoming over saturated with varying stories as we get closer to the half way mark, and there are still a handful of characters and plots they haven’t even begun to cover yet. Let’s take a look what still lies ahead:That’s a lot of material to cover and that is just the plots that have already been introduced. We can’t forget the following tales they have yet to mention:That may be a short list but that is A LOT they need to cover. My biggest fear is that it’s way too much material, so much so, that it’s going to feel extremely forced and more questions are going to be created rather than answers this season should be giving us.

After the amazing Hardhome episode we finally got a taste of what ‘Winter is coming’ truly means. One can only hope that the great battle with the undead continues, however with all that is going on throughout the kingdom I have little doubt we will be granted the next chapter in that saga. We have all seen the previews with Bran standing beside the Night’s King, and by him literally ‘standing‘ next to him it’s safe to assume that is merely a vision. Unfortunately, that may be the only White Walker action we have this entire season, leaving the great battle to carry on in seasons to come. Predictions of how the season will play out:Things have started out quite rocky in my humble opinion…even the return of Jon Snow seemed anticlimactic. Without the backing of the a novel to lean on, the screen writers and producers are finally on their own to carve out their own journey…so let’s hope they hit their stride by the next episode and continue along the path of greatness we have seen in previous seasons.

The key to it all lies in this Tower of Joy

The key to it all lies in this Tower of Joy