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What I Learned About Storytelling from Game of Thrones

I’d like to put this out there right now.  I am NOT cool. I’ve often longed to be cool, but after 40 years on this planet, I recognize that if I do something that seems cool, it probably started out as someone else’s idea, or it was an accident. And so it goes with my recent obsession with Game of Thrones – the HBO TV show.  My husband put the first disc in his Netflix queue and I happened to be in the living room when he popped it in the DVD player. However, the reason we watched the whole disk and then haunted the mailbox until the second disk showed up was that it is so, sooooo good.  And also, fortunately, we discovered we can watch it with HBO-Go, so now we don’t have to maul the mailman every third day, for which he and the USPS are very grateful.

With the first episode in Season 3 to air this weekend, I feel like one of the “cool kids” because I know what all the hype is about and I share in the excitement – and not just because there are suddenly all sorts of random commercials with baby dragons.

In case you haven’t watched Game of Thrones, (In the words of Inigo Montoya) “Let me esplain… No. There is no time… Let me sum up.” Game of Thrones the TV show is based on a fantasy series by George R.R. Martin called A Song of Fire and Ice (which, for the record, I have not read.  All observations are based entirely on the TV Show). The series  takes place in a medieval-fantasy/alternate-reality universe that’s filled with a crazy amount of intrigue and so many twists and turns you need a deep breath and an elephant tranquilizer after every episode. (If you want more details than that, you can check out HBO’s Game of Thrones website.)

So here’s what I have learned about compelling storytelling from Game of Thrones. (Note, if you have not seen the series, Spoilers will be given below. Stop reading if this will upset you.  You have been warned.)

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