Here are some things our remaining four daytime sudsers could glean from Game of Thrones. Read here--->>>
Any GoT and daytime fans out there? Game of Thrones is back for its eighth and final season. As we enjoy the greatness that is Game of Thrones; we couldn't help but wish some of GoT's strengths would rub off on daytime. We are not suggesting daytime isn't doing any of these or doing any of them well (some soaps are stronger in some areas than others). This is not a rant session. These are things that ran through our minds as we were caught up in our GoT feels. And we had the thought...What Could Daytime Glean from Game of Thrones (GoT)?
Villains - Cruel, evil, unapologetic non-watered down villains. Of course, we adore our heroes, heroines and grey characters. But daytime has shied away from writing hardcore complex captivating villains. We have no idea why. Look at what GH did with Valentin Cassadine (GH). They scaled back big time writing him as a hardcore Cassadine. The dialogue has even suggested that Valentin didn't kill Nikolas in cold blood. Stefan DiMera (Days) we aren't sure who he is at times. He's not a "good" character, hardly a true villain and not developed as a grey character either. Thank you soap gawds Kristen is headed home and we have everything crossed that she will remind everyone what a DiMera villain acts like. Shelia Carter. Bold had Shelia Carter working in a restaurant. One of the best villains in daytime's history. My goodness. Cersei, Joffrey, (GoT) are/were written as ice cold bone chilling villains. And we "love to hate" them for it.
History - GoT doesn't ignore (rewrite) history. GoT has a lot of history that happened pre-series that is often referenced. And over the seven seasons, they have had just as much to play out. Their history is embedded in the storylines, atmosphere and the characters' actions, reactions and interactions. History is not treated as an add-on, a nuisance or something to be ignored or rewritten. It is always present and prevalent whether it is spoken of or not. If GoT can do it with seven seasons surely The Final Four can.....
Pairings-We are not suggesting that brothers and sisters or nephews and aunties sleep together. Don't clutch your pearls. We are not. But daytime is too predictable and conservative in their pairings. How much do we beg and plead for them to shake things up? Well, we are begging and pleading, again. Shake it up.
Spice it up - Daytime is limited in how much spice they can add to our romance food. Network TV doesn't have the freedom that cable or streaming services have. Noted. But for a seasoned soaper like myself, I've been perplexed how soaps have transgressed in this area GoT pushes the envelope. One could argue they push it too much, which is a valid argument. But daytime is moving too much in the opposite direction. Romance, including the physical expression of it, is a bedrock of soaps. The beautiful bodies of daytime are faded to black, hidden and rushed through in love scenes. Why?
Playing Beats-We don't know who is in charge of this area at GoT. But they deserve a raise. GoT does not miss a single beat. Not one. They ended the premiere of their most anticipated talked about final season with Jaime and Bran coming face to face since season one. That's also tied to GoT's knack to consistently play to their history. Daytime (some more than others) too often don't play the necessary and obvious beats that would greatly improve a storyline. As well as greatly improve the audience's enjoyment of and connection to a story.
Play the Long Game - GoT has had episodes and moments that weren't the most interesting or engrossing. Every TV show have these. But they don't circumvent or engage in short term plots/gimmicks/gotcha's for a "quick" fix. They understand the importance and gratification of the long game payout for the audience. When daytime goes for the "quick" fix; it usually is quick but we don't get much of a "fix". LOL.
Well Developed Characters & Character Driven Storylines-GoT's settings/locations are breathtaking. And their action scenes are among the premier in TV cinema. It goes without saying we aren't going back to the days of big-budget locations and action scenes in daytime. (Bold every now and then does a location shoot and those are nice.) But the strength of GoT lies in the in-depth development of their characters and storylines. Even the B and C characters are fully developed and well written for. The overused plot, quick fixes, gotcha moments, gimmicks, stunt casting, which are all enemies and hindrances to well-developed characters and storylines; are just not used. Simple. So, daytime let's not partake.
These are merely thoughts running through our minds. GoT will be gone soon. Daytime we hope is around for a very long time. These are only musings of ours. Nothing more nothing less.
What y'all think?
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