Saturday 22 February 2014

How to Murder your darlings...GOT Style

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Say what?

I bet that title caught your attention **chuckles*

So about two weeks ago, I decided to finally sit down and watch Game Of Thrones. Right after watching the first season, I mentally kicked myself for waiting that long to watch it. This series is EPIC!

You're probably wondering what that has to do with murdering your darlings. These kind of darlings are the characters. Before I proceed I just want to warn you there might be spoilers. I'll try and post as few as possible.

“In writing, you must kill your darlings.” --William Faulkner 

((Should probably have added something like "the plot thickens when you do. At least in some cases."))

Right. So when I started watching the first GOT DVD, I was like "OMG, so many characters and different storylines??!! How am I supposed to keep up?  By the end of the second episode, I was sitting on the edge of the sofa, making sure I didn't miss a word. Everyone seemed to have an agenda. I love a story with secrets and hidden agendas.

I grew to love a few characters, mostly Drogo and Jon. Yeah, I went there. Jon was amazingly loyal and didn't let the king sway him so easily. Drogo was intense, and very romantic in a "You, mine. No one touches you or hurts you. I'll flatten the population until I find the culprit who hurt you" kind of way.  It took a while for me to warm up to him and when I finally did, well, they did what Faulkner said. Murder your darlings. There were a few other characters that I'd given my heart to in the series.  At one point, this is how I felt/wanted to do:

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At the same time, I was curious to see how everything would go. And then came the ending which was unexpected, and a wonderful surprise. I knew Daenerys was special. What  I didn't know was the extent of her kickassery awesomeness. It was so good to see her grow from the girl the brother bullied, to this woman, Khaleesi of the Dothkari, strong enough to command her own army or lead a tribe. A woman fit enough to stand beside the Khal.

The second DVD came in from Amazon today, and I can't wait to watch it. If you haven't watched it, and you don't mind a bit of bloodshed--well, a lot, really--, I really encourage you to watch. The plot wickedly fantastic, and the characters deliciously well developed.

So I will leave you with this:

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Just because I couldn't resist. ;) Best. Scene.EVER.

Have you watched GOT? What's your favourite scene or favourite characters? As a writer, how difficult is it killing your character/s?


  1. So many people have recommended this show! I need to borrow the DVD's I think. I may have to wait for ages if I have to wait for them to show up on Netflix!

    1. oh gosh, Mer you should!! I didn't realise how much I was missing until I watched the first season.The fourth one is coming soon, so I have to hurry and catch up so I can rave about

  2. If ever a writer took that phrase to hear it's George.

    Moody Writing

  3. I tried to read this series, it had so much promise. Sadly, I couldn't get past a few chapters. So I never bothered to watch the TV series based on it.

    About all I've seen of GoT are a few glimpses walking by when my fiancé watches the DVDs. Oh and the very last bit of the first season. Just because... dragons. Even though that's a wyvern there (Nit-picky me being nit-picky again).

  4. I'm still not over losing Drogo. He was hot. There's another hottie coming in season 2! ;)

    LOVE Daenerys and the scene at the end with the dragons. One of my favourite parts in the whole series.

  5. Anything that has GoT in the title is going to get my attention! And you love my Jon, yay! :D He's my favorite, but honestly I am intrigued by all of the characters, good or bad. Dany's arc in the first season was absolutely amazing. I love the books as much as the series, maybe more.

  6. I'm okay with killing my darlings. It breaks my heart to do it, but if that's what the story calls for, then that's what I'm going to do.

  7. I love Game of Thrones! What I love most is that it's true to the books. It's amazing. Jon is one of my favorites too. Along with Tyrion, Arya, and Daenerys.

    As for killing my characters, yeah, I have no problem whatsoever. Am I just a little sadistic? *LOL*

  8. I'm obsessed with Game of Thrones! Killing my darlings is fine by me. But let's get back to the important topic here: OMG Game of Thrones Rocks! I watched it for the first time a couple months ago. Hubby and I watched the whole 3 seasons in about 2 weeks. We would have been done watching it in shorter time if it wasn't for you lol.

  9. My son loves GOT, but he warned me that it is too graphic and he knows what I can take.

    As far as killing my darling characters, I just knocked one off yesterday. He was a victim from the beginning and I had no trouble letting the laser slice him in two--no gore. Am I evil? Maybe.

    Or maybe I should have thrown a cream pie at him first to soften the blow. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette