Unless you live in a cave you know that last night was the premiere of Season 7 of Game of Thrones. My husband is hooked and he joyfully joined over 16 million other GOT addicts who were finally able to get their fix last night after over a year of withdrawal. I felt like no matter where I went this morning someone somewhere was talking about what happened on Game of Thrones last night.
Don't worry, no spoilers here because I didn't tune in. As much as my husband tries to get me to watch with him, I just don't have any desire to watch Game of Thrones. Although I feel a bit alone here, I'm totally okay with that.
I don't have anything against the show and my non-desire surprised me a bit because I love this type of show, those premium cable or Netflix series that are well-written, acted and produced. I was addicted to shows like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Mad Men, all of which are retired now, but I do watch Homeland, House of Cards, and a few others in that upper echelon of TV series.
It's not that I am crazy tired by the time I get the kids to bed. As a mom I do revel in the post-bedtime alone time I have. So what gives?
Well, I have watched a few GOT scenes with my husband and every time I do someone dies, usually quite violently. This show has an insane body count. The Washington Post has compiled this analysis of all 1243 deaths in the first 6 seasons of Game of Thrones. No other show has amassed a body count quite like GOT. Then there is all the sexual violence and I'm not even going to go there.
I have traced my aversion to all of this violence to the day I became a mom. Up until that point I was totally okay with watching violence on TV and movies. I mean, I grew up in the late 70s and early 80s, the golden age of horror movies. I saw all of the Friday the 13th movies, Nightmare of Elm Street, Creepshow, all of that stuff. From a cinematic perspective, those movies were horrible. They were usually 90 minutes or under for a reason.
Then there was the aforementioned HBO series, excellent in quality but with high body counts, especially The Sopranos and Six Feet Under. The Sopranos could be quite violent as you would expect for a series about the mob. Six Feet Under by definition centered around death since it was about a family who owned a funeral home and the first scene of each episode showed the death of the home's newest customer, for lack of a better word.
Once I became a mom, it was like this switch that allowed me to watch this stuff turned off. Now that I have this very significant and awesome responsibility of keeping tiny humans alive means I just can't stomach those shows or movies which treat life with such depravity. When life is taken so lightly like it is on Game of Thrones, I just can't watch.
The type of scene matters too. An car accident or two on Chicago Fire won't bother me but there are some scenes I just cannot watch again. One that comes to time is the one in the movie Trainspotting, the one with the dead baby who is a casualty of her parents' heroin addition. There are others but that one is the most upsetting to me now.
Unlike all of those other shows and movies Game of Thrones isn't based on anything real, it's pure fantasy. I have nothing against the show and it sounds like it deserves the copious acclaim it receives. But with all of the deaths, I just can't. Enough bad things happen in life, I don't want to spend the precious little free time I have watching blood being shed left and right. 1243 deaths and counting!
I don't need to go to Westeros or Essos to be entertained. I have all I need right here at home and it is so peaceful. Sure, maybe constructing such peace on my DVR queue is as much fantasy as Game of Thrones, but given how much violence there is outside, I'll take it, if only for an hour each night.
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