Like a lot of you I imagine I watched the first episode of the new season of Game of Thrones today. And of course Foxtel was riddled with shows leading up to and following it to help ground you in what happened and pull in the viewer numbers.
One of the following features was a show called Game of Thrones: Greatest Moments. Basically a huge poll was taken to find out the twenty most popular scenes in Game of Thrones and while they show you the scene, several actors and other professionals analyse what it is about that scene that makes people love it so much.
It’s a great watch because you get to really think deeply about what’s happening in those scenes and you get to hear others dissecting it. And you also get to break it down yourself, notice other things you missed when you were just enjoying watching the show (like in the bath scene with Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, where he reveals his side of the events that lead to him being branded Oathbreaker and Kingslayer – how Jamie is filthy top to toe, and Brienne is clean as can be).
But more than just watching it and analysing it, figure out what you can do to make this happen in your own scenes. Can you manipulate the readers feelings by working a character’s backstory and goals in such a perfect way that you can make the reader FEEL the pain right alongside the character? Can you work in that symbolism? Can you tap into that magic that makes a scene moving and memorable?
Watch it closely, figure out the tricks and triggers, and try it yourself. You’ll only know if you can, if you try.