“Game of Thrones” owes its popularity to the unpredictable nature of the show killing characters and introducing weird plot twists. Unfortunately for HBO, that that shock value seems to be fading. Even without Martin’s sixth book, fans of the show seem to have an idea of what’s going to happen.
Warning: Spoilers for those who have not yet watched season 6…if there are still such people around.
According to Forbes, this trend started with Jon Snow’s death and resurrection where it seems the fans wrote the script themselves. With so many clues already available regarding Melisandre, it’s all just a case of Jon dies and she brings him back to life end of story.
But the show’s predictability didn’t end there as it should have. Fast forward to episode 3 “Oathbreaker” where Bran watches a younger version of his father fight one of the best kingsguard in history.
After defeating Ser Arthur Dayne, Eddard Stark heard his sister scream atop the Tower of Joy. Obviously, she screamed due to intense pain something caused by childbirth and as the books tell us she was found in “a pool of blood”. Additionally, why is Arthur Dayne guarding Lyanna Stark instead of Rhaegar or even Aerys Targaryen?
As Tyrion pointed out earlier in “Game of Thrones” only a member of the royal family could order a kingsguard. Obviously, Aerys the Mad King couldn’t care less about Lyanna so Ser Arthur Dayne must have been under Rhaegar’s orders, what could be more valuable to Rhaegar than his own life?
What else but his unborn child with Lyanna, the woman he is willing to risk going to war for. Add to that the Raven’s reluctance to let Bran see more of the events from the Tower of Joy (we wouldn’t want to spoil the plot now would we) fans are now confident in the theory that Jon Snow is a Targaryen.
Subtle hints from other characters also contributed to the reduced shock value of the show. Ned Stark’s reluctance to talk about Jon Snow’s mother, Davos deciding not t burn his body (Targaryens are immune to heat), and Melisandre seeing visions of him in the fire (a symbol attributed to House Targaryen) all scream that he is a Targaryen.
With Daenerys just moving from one city in Essos to another, Tyrion currently stuck in Mereen, and Arya now technically nonexistent while training as a Faceless Man, the show has become as predictable as the scenery on a country road.
Either the series has lost in edge as far as unpredictability is concerned or they’re just getting ready for the biggest plot twist in the show’s history. A few things are certain, Daenerys will eventually invade Westeros and Tyrion is safe from any immediate danger given that more or less he is Martin’s incarnation in the show.
Hopefully “Game of Thrones” gets out of this rut and brings back the shock value that made the show so popular. Even without the books, the show’s plot is now obvious enough for the Dothraki to say “It is known”.