SANTA FE, N.M. — Let’s face it … life is hard these days! So sometimes a little escape is necessary, back to a time when the livin’ was easy, like 3rd century Britain.
So we watch “Game of Thrones” and immerse ourselves in a period in history when there was no indoor plumbing (nor outdoor), no bathing or heating, men routinely wore swords and used them, and the women were part of some man’s chattle.
We’ve gotten to know a lot of astonishing people and their habits – some noble, some abhorrent.
Human beings prior to advanced civilization, early and raw.
Activities and actions we avoid thinking about happened long, long ago.
Quite shocking, and we manage to get past it and move along with the also quite entertaining story. We want to see what will happen next.
Did you ever wonder what happened between the birth of Christ and, say, Charlemagne? Here it is.
Who will end up sitting on the iron throne and ruling the seven kingdoms?
Odious young King Joffrey, manipulated by his conniving mother Cersei?
His foxy grandpa Tywin Lannister, who’s already stepped in sideways to run things anyway as the King’s Hand?
Stanis Barathean and his sorceress concubine?
The lovely, gentle and yet so shrewd Daenerys Targaryen, who is possibly the legitimate heir to the throne?
Or Jon Snow, illegitimate son of Ned Stark, not a knight but so chivalrous and so handsome.
Lets see … Robb Stark got killed; Viserys Targaryen got “the crown of gold” on his head (he didn’t make it – and, to tell you the truth, I breathed a sigh of relief when that guy breathed his last); everyone at the Red Wedding was slaughtered … the field is narrowing!
If you are dying to know, season 4 approaches.
But if you haven’t seen them all, I recommend you start at episode 1, season 1 and catch up.
For devoted addicts, a festive preview of season 4 was held last Saturday night, graciously sponsored by the author, George R. R. Martin, and HBO, with the screening at Martin’s Jean Cocteau Theater and the Opening Night Party next door at Sanbusco.
The former Borders space was tented and draped, candlelit, and filled with good food and drink!
A succulent lamb rolled on the spit, and “mead” and ale flowed plentifully.
Some wore period costumes to celebrate the continuation of this rousing epic saga and actors were flown in to grace the occasion.
Naturally, the ruler of our little shire was there to see what might happen in the first episode: Mayor Javier Gonzales clung to his seat as the plotting, scheming and intrigue unfolded, and will continue this season on HBO.
You think you have problems? Check out life in “Game of Thrones!”