The first episode of the final season of GoT premiered a few days back but many Indian fans of the show are not happy with what they got to see. The flirting scenes between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen were the center of attention as fans questioned if this is the same Game of Thrones they were so anxiously waiting for.
“Whats up with the Mother of Dragons dropping corny pick up lines. For a moment I thought this was some Saas Bahu serial. I want my old GoT back,” demanded Ritika Saha, a media professional and die-hard fan of the show.
Many on social media even questioned if Ekta Kapoor had joined the GoT team. Viewers dreaded the jarring camerawork and the usual grandiose production values that have now become trademark of Balaji serials.
“I cringe at the thought of watching Jon and Daenerys romancing across the countryside with a song playing in the background. While Sansa Stark has that scheming look in her eyes which is so typical of on-screen saas in Indian serials. This is so unlike the GoT I grew up watching all over the years,” said another fan who is now planning to boycott the show if things don’t get better from the second episode.
Reacting to the backlash from Indian fans, the makers did acknowledge that the writers were influenced by Indian soap especially those from Ekta Kapoor stable. But that was done with the sole intention of finding a larger audience.
On previous occasion too viewers spotted a similarity when Jon Snow came back from the dead similar to Mihir Virani on Kyunki Saas bhi Kabhi Bahi thi.
Indian fans found support from political circles too. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who is also a fan of GoT, warned the makers of trying to ape Indian soaps. While speaking at a rally her said, “Mai inn Game of Thrones walon se kehna chahta hu. Saas-Bahu serials ki nakal karna band karo. Janata maaf nahi karegi.”