Here is why I quit watching Game of Thrones, Vikings and similar series. A series that has more than 3 seasons lives a dangerous life, few make it the whole way through and sustain the quality, the depth and excitement. I got into the series after they already had passed season 2 so I caught up with them, because of the praise people had for them. What I liked about Vikings was the imaginative portrayal of how life was at that time; even the loose historical references made up for further studies about various historical events and persons from that time. With Game of Thrones I enjoyed the fantasy aspect of it, the castles and medieval milieu. Unfortunately both series began and never quit their psychopathic, violent and story-drained path. Where every event resulted in a backstabbing, cheating, close up shots of evil and manipulative eyes and facial expressions combined with sinister ambushes and prolonged violent and bloody scenes.
The only “twist” in these series, if I even allow there to be one, is that after some seasons, the evil character eventually realizes their wrongdoings and sort of becomes the new sympathetic character for the gullible viewers.
I think there is a reason for this and I think it has to do with subliminal programming of the mass audience, and the endless amounts of people watching these shows. Audiences that consider the series to be the best thing that was ever made on TV. I pity that, because there is no story line and the jargong is basically about someone wanting power and who will go to the furthest lengths to achieve some simplistic power goal. The only “twist” in these series, if I even allow there to be one, is that after some seasons, the evil character eventually realizes their wrongdoings and sort of becomes the new sympathetic character for the gullible viewers. Other than that, it’s always, blood, power, violence. Which is a shame, because both Vikings and Game of Thrones have (or had) elements of magic, fantasy and something unique and inspirational that got lost – I’m thinking of Brian with special powers and the Nordic myths and legends.
A good example of a series that combines adequate violence, manipulation, fantasy, imagination, deeper conflicts and magical/divine concepts is Battlestar Galactica 2004-2009. Vikings and Game of Thrones have no end or bigger picture that awaits. Who will be the king? Is that all? It’s all simpleton-minded who-manipulated-who concept and with nothing beautiful, nothing to remember and refer to. You have to wonder if they are the same series in latter seasons as from the first – both in Vikings and Game of Thrones the initial heavyweight characters died. So the series are left with so many new faces and twists that it’s no longer a storyline – but a continuum of simplistic off-with-their-heads-drama.
So what is the point of all this psychopathic behavior? Of all these evil camera angles and low saturated close ups where evil characters do sinister things? It’s simple really, it’s to numb the viewers down, to feed their passive hunger for violence. To focus on the series and never mind the real people getting killed, to subliminally program them into accepting the psychopathic behavior. To be honest, I’m disgusted when people have sick violent scenes in their living room and just sit there, like nothing. Just getting feed with the imagery they will never understand the deeper effect of.
Psychopaths rule this world, the only difference now compared to what is portrayed in the series is that it’s cleaner. It’s dressed up and the battles, the liquidations of rivals is hidden. Even when it’s exposed, it fails to grab the attention of people. The leaders of our nations walk over bodies and anyone who gets in their way, just like in the series. Even if it has been like that and will be for a time to come; internet allows us to access information even more, but also for people to dwell deeper into the psychopathic subliminal programming of their precious series.
Have people become so simple and numb in their cultural thirst that they must have the explicit and sick to even bother watching?
These series got criticism for their sexual content in the first one or two seasons, and they toned down that in the comings seasons noticeably. The rape scenes disappeared and the nudity was drastically reduced. At the end of the day, why would you want to feed yourself with overdoses of the bloody violence portrayed in these series? After 6 seasons there is nothing happening besides more and more frequent deaths. I really wish there came to popularity some good series, something that doesn’t require reptile brain activity regression among the viewers to be enjoyed. Have people become so simple and numb in their cultural thirst that they must have the explicit and sick to even bother watching?