Twitch streamer and former professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) player Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek is telling people who have not seen Game of Thrones that they could skip the first six seasons of the eight total that make up the series.
The bold statement came as a response to shroud's chat after someone expressed the opinion that Game of Thrones is only good once all the discussion is skipped in order to get to the good parts. Shroud then agreed, stating, "That guy’s not wrong. Game of Thrones has a lot of bullshit. It’s a great show, but it does have a lot of bullshit, it gets very dull - especially midway.”
The reaction from shroud's Twitch chat was somewhat predictable, with some claiming to have been "triggered" at what could be perceived as bashing the show. Shroud then attempted to clarify that he is, in fact, a fan of the show and that despite having seen it all himself, others could skip the first six seasons and enjoy the outcome.
Afterwards, shroud moved the conversation along by stating, "One thing you’ll all agree with is that most people just watch it because it’s popular,” and that similar to other popular shows like Breaking Bad, some people only watched because of this popularity.
It seemed that few were convinced in the chat, as one would certainly expect from such a claim, which is nothing short of ridiculous. Game of Thrones is based upon the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, which debuted in 1991 and, as most know, remains unfinished. Those "boring parts" as shroud calls them are the fundamental building blocks that drive the story, develop characters, and build the world that viewers and readers alike have come to love over the years. If one wants to truly enjoy Game of Thrones, they should put the time into watching the entire series.
This point was recently discussed in the popular podcast, A Cast of Kings, with co-hosts David Chen and Joanna Robinson in their review of the second episode of season eight, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," which debuted on April 21st. This was an episode rich with interpersonal connections, providing satisfying emotional payoffs between characters that were years in the making. It was what well-known scriptwriter to the show Bryan Cogman termed, "This episode is really a love letter to the characters," and it was one of the best of the entire series. And yet, a common complaint online was that the episode was boring, and if one were to follow shroud's advice and to skip the first six seasons of the show, the effort and beauty of this episode would have been completely lost on the viewer. Much like The Sopranos and Breaking Bad, the good parts are not the mob hits or the drug deals gone wrong. The good parts are good because of the journey we have been taken to arrive at them.
Instead of listening to what can only be described as shroud's knee-jerk reaction to his chat, one should do themselves a favor if they are in the position of not being familiar with Game of Thrones. If quick action is what you need, go watch some MMA on YouTube. If you want to experience what millions of people have fallen in love with all over the world, start from season one, episode one, and enjoy the ride.