THE GAME OF THRONES – FIRST THOUGHTS FROM A DRAMATURGICAL POINT OF VIEW

Authors: Stutterheim, K.

Start date: 7 October 2014

Presently, one of the most successful TV shows is The Game of Thrones. My interest focuses on the question: Why is this story attracting so many people, especially younger viewers? I will discuss this question from a dramaturgical or, respectively, an aesthetical point of view.

What kind of story is being told here? It is not only an epic story, but a great epic story – fulfilling all aspects already defined by Hegel as ideal elements for a great epic narration. Therefore, it could be interesting to discuss how the TV show is using a – perhaps not so well known – piece from the history of drama and theatre as a blueprint. Another aspect for answering the main question is given by the pair of characters Jon Snow and Arya Stark.

With these three aspects one can come to a first understanding of the specific aesthetical and dramaturgical design and attraction of The Game of Thrones.

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