Dr. Joseph Young | Engl. /Ling. Friday Seminar | “Game of Throne’s Bleak Midwinter: How Benioff and Weiss alienated their Fan-base.”

12 July 2019 4:00pm

The Otago English and Linguistics Seminar series for semester 2, 2019 commences this week with a presentation by Dr. Joseph Young, whose talk is entitled, “Game of Throne’s Bleak Midwinter: How Benioff and Weiss alienated their Fan-base.” 

Dr. Young has a Ph.D. in English from Otago for his study of pre-Tolkienian fantasy writing.  His book George R.R. Martin and the Fantasy Form has just been published by Routledge.  He describes his topic as follows:

The eight and final season of Game of Thrones was received very negatively by fans, who excoriated it as an inadequate conclusion to a beloved narrative. The core issue lies in the treatment of events surrounding Jon Snow in the show’s fifth season. Jon’s subplot is formulated as a pursuit of an occluded enigma, which propagated many of the attributes for which viewers praised early episodes of the series. However, the dramatic resolution of that enigma (in the acclaimed 2015 episode ‘Hardhome’) drastically altered the effect. Viewers were required to adjust to a narrative climate radically different from that which initially attracted them to the show, and illustrates the core difficulty of adapting a tale like Game of Thrones to a medium that requires the sort of time investment demanded by a television serial.

The seminar meets as usual in the Castle Lecture Theatre D, at 4.00 p.m. on Friday, 12 July.  

We hope you will be able to join us for this presentation addressing themes of fantasy and adaptation, topics presently of wide interest. 


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