What it's about.
Shame of Thrones is a rock musical parody based on the worlds of both George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's A Game of Thrones.
I was in high school when my best friend James brought me a copy of the first book in George R. R. Martin's series, A Song of Ice and Fire. I was skeptical, but I took the book to humor him, promising I would read at least a chapter before giving up on the story altogether. The moment I got to the part where the Starks (plus Jon Snow) found the Direwolf pups, I was hooked.
I went on to read the rest of the first book in the series, quickly followed by the second and third, all before I even heard a whisper that the series was going to be adapted into a TV show. And so naturally, when I finally heard that HBO was making the first book into a season of television, there was no way I wasn't gonna tune in. And tune in I did, immediately favoring characters as they were portrayed on TV such as Arya and Tyrion. All in all, I thought that the first season was a fairly accurate portrayal of the events in the first book in Martin's series.
Even now, seven seasons in, although the show and books have very much gone their own ways in terms of plot, I believe that they both can be appreciated as separate, but no less enjoyable pieces of art. All of this is why I was shocked that I hadn't gotten around to seeing a Game of Thrones parody sooner, and why I was super excited to finally be experiencing one, and with my mom, too, who is a major fan of the show, if not the books.
We saw the night show, which was at 10:30PM. What I didn't realize until it was too late was that this was the type of show that probably would have been more enjoyable while drunk. I mean, from the sound and smell of it, most of the people in the audience aside from me and my mom were intoxicated, heckling the performers and slurring their words at the same time.
At the start of the show, the two or three people in the audience that had never seen the TV show or read the books got called out and publicly shamed. We literally chanted, "Shame, shame, shame, shame shame!" over and over, but they were good sports about it.
Sat at a desk, on the stage, there was a thin guy wearing a cheap-looking fat suit and an even cheaper-looking wig and beard combo. This was supposed to be George R. R. Martin. On his walls were little notes he had written that said things like, "Bran=Mistake" and "Tyrion <3's George R. R. Martin." As Martin simultaneously suffered through writer's block and neglected his responsibilities (and his phone calls), he grew exhausted and quickly fell asleep. His dreams became the plot of the show.
The cast kept trying to hit home how much everyone in the Game of Thrones world hated Jon Snow, which, like, aside from Season 1/Book one, I didn't think rang true. They wouldn't let up. Every five minutes, a character would find a time to scream at a well-meaning Jon, "Go away!" or something far more vulgar than that, but along the lines of "Nobody likes you, why don't you just leave?" From where my mom and I sat in the front row, I could feel the vibrations of the laughter from the people behind me, and I couldn't believe how funny they seemed to find the same joke over and over again. Even now, thinking back, I'm baffled. If it wasn't the alcohol, I don't know what it was.
Jon Snow was made to be this little pushover who everyone overlooked. I felt a mixture of pity and frustration, because:
1) Poor Jon Snow, why are people giving him such a hard time?
2) This is not at all accurate to the books and TV show. Jon is far from a weak character. Have you seen season 7, people?!
They painted Arya as a moody, modern-day teenager, the kind of person who spoke like a valley girl and wore face masks. I get that they were probably trying to turn the fact that Arya kind of rebelled against her parents' wishes into a joke, but if they were trying to joke, then the funny part missed me completely. Her lines were like something out of Gossip Girl, which I felt was a disservice to a character as bad-ass as Arya. I mean, she's a little girl who fights and kills bad guys and methodically exacts revenge. Why was she a grumpy, sighing, adolescent on stage?
Sansa was portrayed as a Snow White-like goody goody, which I thought fit pretty well, especially with Season 1/Book one Sansa. She was wide-eyed, eager to please, and dreamed of being married to Prince Joffrey.
Side note: Every time the character, Joffrey "Catherine" Baratheon was introduced, the audience was instructed to "Boo" loudly.
The guy playing Khal Drogo looked and acted scarily like Khal Drogo on the show, clearly having fun with embracing his inner "savage." The way he carried himself, especially while wearing little-to-no clothing, was startling and made my mouth literally drop more than once, but reactions like that only seemed to egg him on further.
At one point my mom got an actual lap dance by a tounge-wagging Dothraki, and it took us both a while to calm down from the excitement of THAT moment. I mean, just... WOW.
Honestly, though, the coolest part of the whole experience for me was getting my picture taken upon the Iron Throne they had outside the theatre. While far from the most comfortable seat in the world, it felt right to sit there, even if only for a moment, and it satisfied my nerdy fan-girl heart.
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