Fantasy; One good reason why American TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ could be termed the most successful TV show ever is because it managed to get hold of something in human psychology that’s not easily available otherwise, Imagination. Being a die-hard fan of this epic TV show, if you ask yourself the reason why you’re so badly hooked on to this fantasy drama, there are chances you won’t be able to come up with a very distinct and comprehensive answer.
What is it that the show feeds to human psychology? The answer can’t be a simple term like ‘Entertainment’. If it were mere ‘entertainment’, fans across the globe wouldn’t have gone berserk when John Snow was killed in the last episode of season 5 which eventually followed up by his resurrection back to life in the first episode of season six. Game of Thrones didn’t just offer entertainment, it fed one of the most important human needs, the escape from reality to an imagined world which is so immensely vivid that it’s hard not to avoid a one hour break from your regular life and slip into this world of great imagination.
Sex, the immense bloodshed, a world where absolutely no-one could be trusted, a world where evil is always shown one step ahead of good, the show is definitely a treat for your evil side (which every human has).
But there’s something where the makers of this great show fell short of achieving, the demarcation of reality, fiction and fantasy. While the show is the combination of all three of these, as a viewer you can’t really tell one from the other. But wait, how does that matter as long as you like what you’re watching right? I mean how many of us flinched during Cersie’s naked walk of atonement and still watched the episode on repeat (especially the last part) innumerable times.
The viewers loved it while hating it at the same time with his inner world in dismay constantly. That must have been makers’ fundamental aim, to keep stirring the viewer’s inner peace while giving him something to hold on to, something that falls short of cheap porn, a world with betrayal all around, a plot where just about every character (mostly the good ones) gets killed in the most brutal manner possible.