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Average User Score: 8.2Apr 13, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I guess I am tilting at windmills here, but I will try to explain why I think that Game of Thrones is not that perfect, especially in regard to the beginning of the fifth season.
First things first, GoT is an exceptional experience. When you think that "the journey is the reward", then you will be (and possibly are) very happy with Game of Thrones. The action is very good, the sceneries are of a high quality, dragons are cool, the fights are well done, there are many characters to love and to hate.
One thing that is missing and which is of high importance in a TV show is focus. Every TV show has to be focused on one or two aspects that lead the audience. If there is none, it may have big consequences. Take for example "House of Cards": From the beginning on, the audience is asking itself "What will happen to Frank Underwood? Will he reach his goals? For what cost?". Questions are these are posed by the TV show in order to give actions meaning. Without these questions we would not know whether the appearance of a new candidate is a good or bad thing. It would be just "something that happened". GoT is lacking such a question. In the first season, it was "Eddard Stark is the good guy, he is our guidance in evaluating the story, whether it is good or bad". Then he was beheaded and to be honest, that was a perfect moment: The show showed us that the questions we make up in our minds can be completely changed from one scene to another. Chaos is a very good thing in a world in which we are used to order. Even the Red Wedding was such a moment. However, after four seasons, it's just chaos without order. Is it good that Stannis wants to fight with the Wildlings? Is it good that Tyrion may team up with Khaleesi? Especially the last question will be answered by many with "Yes" - because everybody loves those two. However, is it right that the only indicator for evaluating those actions is our sympathy for the characters? At the latest from season 4, we learnt that it's just chaos. There is no endgame in it.
Imagine the show ends with Khaleesi on the throne, her enemies defeated, the Lannisters dead. Khaleesi swears she will protect the poor, everything is fine. Is it really the end? It may be the end of the show, but definitely not of the whole story, of the universe of GoT. We would just know that there is somebody else out there wanting the throne, attacking her eventually. We will get an incomplete story. And that is because focus is missing.
We could argue whether this is really important in a TV show. Whether a show really has to be defined by its red thread, by giving every scene a meaning in the endgame. I think it is important and Game of Thrones lost it during the third and fourth episode by providing chaos and no order.
The first episode of the fifth season was a very weak one (for GoT standards!). It is unfortunate that the creators have to use the first episode of every season to remind everybody where every character is and what happened in the last seasons, especially with only 10 episodes á 45 minutes.
Still, I have the feeling that now, after four seasons, the writers are heading towards the endgame. First alliances are made, a lot of different interest are tied together to only a few. Maybe at the end of the season we will be in for a big, all-encompassing fight. If the show succeeds in giving every past action (Robb Stark's dead for example) a meaning in the endgame, I will be impressed and very happy.
tl;dr It's good. Just watch it, you will probably love it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Feb 10, 2015I am not a big fan of spin-offs. Usually they are created to make more money out of a popular TV show. A lot of Better Call Saul build up onI am not a big fan of spin-offs. Usually they are created to make more money out of a popular TV show. A lot of Better Call Saul build up on the momentum of Breaking Bad. In every scene, you just see how much BB is in it. For someone, who has never seen Breaking Bad (shame on you), this show could be disappointing. For all the fans of Walter White and Saul Goodman, it is great.
The first two episodes were suspenseful, dramatic and fun. It's not a comedy, it's a drama series. In the next 2-3 years, we will know whether Better Call Saul can live without BB or not.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Aug 28, 2014It's not as bad as reviewers write. It is not my all-time favorite, but if you like Rick & Morty or Archer (and you have to wait for the newIt's not as bad as reviewers write. It is not my all-time favorite, but if you like Rick & Morty or Archer (and you have to wait for the new episodes) than BoJack Horseman will give you some entertaining hours.… Expand