In a nutshell. It proved that if you just slap gratuitous violence and lots of sex on something, it will be popular. Most of the HBO series are simply old ideas repackaged with the above additions to one extent or another.
I once read something to the effect that George R. R. Martin was a Conscientious Objector during Vietnam who never saw combat, who wrote a series filled with soft core torture porn and lowest denominators and base entertainment. J.R.R. Tolkien survived the hell-pit of the Somme and penned a work of soaring beauty and profound insight.
Not that you have to survive the Somme to create something beautiful. It’s just interesting that a generation that has never known anything close to such horrors has made Game of Thrones the biggest thing on cable television.
Purely opinion, but something to think about.
HT Donald McClarey