Game of Thrones and the Limited Life of Shock Value

The poster for the first season © HBO

Spoilers will be in this article, of course.

It’s been several months now since the Game of Thrones finale aired, and probably far too much has been written on the subject. Many fans were outraged when the most commercially and critically successful show of the last decade came crashing down on itself in a heap of ruins, and then those ruins suddenly burst into flames like a…