Narrative Complexity In Game Of Thrones

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For the past two decades, there has been a growing trend of television shows that don’t conform to narrative storytelling norms. Jason Mittell’s conceptualization of “narrative complexity” analyzes the mechanics behind shows such as Game of Thrones; their unconventional storytelling becoming more of the norm for contemporary television. Within narrative complexity, Mittell explores television shows’ operational aesthetics, which are seen in Game of Thrones’ unorthodox plot structure. The economic decisions behind Game of Thrones storytelling techniques are also critiqued along with analyzing how the show found success through complex plots and character arcs. Through Mittell’s concepts, this case study of operational aesthetics and narrative complexity within Game of Thrones will shine light on how narrative complexity has changed the way contemporary TV operates. Mittell’s “Complexity in Context” defines “narrative complexity” and “operational aesthetic.” Mittell identifies narrative complexity as a new model of storytelling that is an alternative to conventional episodic and serial forms (Mittell, 17). He further states that narrative complexity “redefines episodic forms under the …show more content…
R. Martin’s book series, generating fans from across the world. In brief, the story revolves around several noble houses fighting over who should rule the Seven Kingdoms (Shmoop). Notable houses include Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Tully, and Bolton. In the midst of fighting over who is to rule Westeros, there is also the looming threat of the White Walkers; zombie-like ice creatures who prove very difficult to kill. The characters within each house have various story arcs throughout the six seasons, with no one in their world safe from being shamed, tortured, or murdered. Through multiple threads, Game of Thrones follows its characters through political endeavors, romantic conquests, triumphs, and

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