Game of Thrones has become a very popular fantasy franchise for many years now. The show itself is based off of the book series written by George R.R. Martin. Some argue that this series is nothing more than an R-rated soap opera. Here’s a look at why this may be true.
Countless number of plot lines and twists.
Like a good soap opera, there are many storylines all happening at once on Game of Thrones. It’s not uncommon to not see the continuation of each storyline within each episode. There are just too many different stories going on that if every storyline was presented in each episode they would each get less than 5 minutes of screen time. It’s hard to imagine the series being made into a movie, and it’s clear to see that creating a television series out of the books was the only way to go.
Soap operas usually have many shocking revelations and twists. This is something that definitely happens in Thrones. No one is safe. At any given time a main character or someone we’ve been following for awhile can die. This was proven many times throughout season 3. But just like in a soap opera, death doesn’t mean the character will never been seen on screen again. Through clever dream sequences we are able to see characters again. Without giving spoilers to the future storyline, because this is a fantasy series death doesn’t have to end a character’s storyline. Just like in a soap opera when a person may “come back to life” or be a “long lost identical relative”, Thrones is going to have some fun bringing back and old favorite or two.
Actors from soap operas.
Believe it or not, there are actually a number of actors on Game of Thrones that have been on other shows considered to be soap operas. Two in particular are Hannah Murray and Joe Dempsie. Both of these actors also starred in the British teen soap opera Skins. These two are part of the younger cast members of ‘Thrones’ but as of now haven’t had any screen time together. Rose Leslie and Iain Glen are another pair that both have starred in Game of Thrones and another show considered to be a soap opera, this time it was Downtown Abbey for them. Leslie actually left her role on Abbey to be on Thrones.
Is casting these particular actors that have been in shows that are considered to be soap operas taken in consideration when they are hired on to be on Thrones? It seems to look like that given the storylines that are presented on Thrones. There’s a lot of drama and shocking stories that presented throughout this series which is something that is commonly seen within soap operas. Therefore these actors have had practice acting out certain emotions and reacting to certain revelations.
The main difference between ‘Thrones’ and other “soap operas”.
‘Thrones’ is a very well made series. The budget for each episode is in the millions and there’s just an overall better quality than can’t be matched with other shows considered to be “soap operas”. Thrones also goes there. No topic, no matter how taboo it is, is off limits for Thrones. Not only is there complete frontal male and female nudity within in this show, there is also an endless supply of gore, violence, rape, many storylines dealing with incest, strong language, and frightening moments. It’s safe to say that most things seen on Thrones are not seen on soap operas, especially not the day time soap operas. The main reason why most people compare Thrones to a soap opera is because sometimes the storylines are completely way-out there and there’s just an endless supply of drama. Not to mention almost every episode is left with a cliffhanger, which makes the audience want more. It can become addicting but after all isn’t shows like these, whether they are labeled as a soap opera or not, a way to escape life? In the end it’s pure mindless entertainment that people truly enjoy. That’s why they keep coming back for more.