Win Or Die

The Goddess of User Interface at my FT job went on about this show last year. The Goddess never goes on about anything really since she is a Goddess and therefore everything is peripherally amusing and noted for possible future reference. However, she told me how she watched one episode, then found herself inside for the entire weekend watching the whole lot back-to-back in a self-constructed marathon.


I found myself in Target and noticed that Season 1 of the Goddess addiction show  was available on Blu Ray and  on sale. Quick Amazon price comp, then plop, into the cart it went.

I now understand Goddess’ short-term obsession as well as the IMDB rating of 9.4, which makes it the highest rated TV show (tied with Breaking Bad and The Wire)

It reminds me of what might have been happening in the rest of Middle Earth whilst the Hobbitsus were tromping about trying to hurl some ring into a volcano. It is an exceedingly brutal, violent, sexy, dramatic and even thought-provoking ride as families do what they must in an unrelenting struggle for power.  I tried to find some flaw in the show but the plot, writing, acting, production, direction, costumes, sets, location, props – everything is excellent. I believe this is what happens when you have talent, focus and collaboration in play simultaneously.

I like the high wire balance the writers have crafted. Not everything happens according to plan, there is no detectable pattern and often good does not triumph. Despite the emotional roller-coaster, sudden storyline swerves and a cast of characters that probably will be in the hundreds, there is serious character development and it seems plausible every step of the way.

I also like that most episodes end abruptly with a surprise  hammer-to-the-face plot twist, usually paired with a memorable tag line. My favorite so far,

“In the game of thrones, either you win or you die, there is no middle ground here”.

Thrones, modern day governments,  board rooms across the globe – its just a difference in clothing and titles.


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