So tonight is finally the beginning of the end for one of the most overrated TV shows of all time.

My response:

Alas, Game of Thrones is a cult TV show whose cult I am not a member. My reasoning has not changed since 2013 when I wrote “The 2 Most Important Reasons Why I Hate Game of Thronesat PJMThe show is just too depressing with its endless cycle of sex and violence blended together into a sadomasochistic spectacle. And in doing this it’s not really accomplishing anything compelling or original. So much of the “cutting edge” pay TV shows of the last decade simply regurgitate the provocations of edgier independent and foreign films from the ’90s and ’00s. For me watching Game of Thrones is just too reminiscent of all the “shocking” films I watched as a teenager and college student, working at the local art house movie theatre. So I am not thrilled by GoT, I am bored by it.

One might challenge me though: how can I be so dismissive of Game of Thrones‘ evil, while apparently turning a blind eye to the amorality of Adult Swim’s cult hit Rick and Morty? Yes, by all evidence, this is a pop culture cult which I have joined:

The answer is fairly simple. Yes, frequently Rick Sanchez, the smartest man in the universe, will do and say some pretty amoral crap. However, he’s only half the show. Morty, as Rick’s grandson and often less-than-willing helper, brings the show’s innocence, idealism, and humanity, often inspiring his grandfather to be better. That too distinguishes the cartoon evil of Rick compared to the live action evil of GoT. Rick may be an evil, morally confused anti-hero but he’s not wholly irredeemable, as is the case with most of GoT’s endlessly disposable characters.

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