Walking out of the plane at the Muritala Mohammed Airport in Lagos, my senses rue the stale and earthy smell that hits me in the face as I walked through the passenger boarding bridge, yes, I’m back in town, but the one thing that was on my mind all through the flight still lingers, despite the times spent arguing over the years I thought to myself, I still did not make any time to watch Game of Thrones throughout this holiday, a 4 week holiday might I add.
I was unaffected and not remotely dismayed by the fact, in fact, I was happy, despite the odds, I was still a part of the 1% of the population that had not seen a single episode of Game of Thrones, I tried to think of a tweet, something with a deep metaphorical nuance that one usually has, while sifting through a memory of any Tony Robbins or iyanla Vanzent quote, this, was my reality, I revelled perched high on my pedestal looking down at the fanatics, I did not get it, and I wanted to throw shades at them. Until a few days after and I watched one episode, and unsurprisingly binge watched the entire 7 seasons of Game of Thrones. I had my aha Moment.
The concept of time and relativity is in my opinion the underline theme in the hit series, and my theory was reinforced when I read a Reddit thread about the origins of the White Walkers on the show. FYI White Walkers are the villainous ice cold zombie like creatures, who bring the chills to the Seven Kingdom. The Reddit thread had a theory about Brandon Stark, which alleged that the young Stark was the 1st White walker, in the thread, it speculated that Brandon got trapped in the body of the 1st White walker through time travel. Sounds bonkers right? I would have said the same thing, but if you watch the show, you might agree with this theory.
Time is relative for every character on Game of Thrones as they go through their trials and tribulations, but the significance of time is the most important theme, a subtle message echoed on every season of the show to its audience. The thrill of travelling through time has always been a fascinating idea and movies like The Butterfly Effect starring Ashton Kutcher & Looper starring Bruce Willis, have explored the idea in great detail. But, in every movie that explores the concept of time travel, there is also a warning for its consequence. Kevin Ngo, a virtual reality web developer has a viral quote that says ‘If you don’t make time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want’. This is an unfortunate reality for the protagonists in time travel movies, life imitates art and reveals details we sometimes fail to see, but are given the opportunity by the characters trapped in a loop. And as a result, the audience discovers that the power of presence, illuminates all areas of confusion and distress from the past. Through the 7 seasons of the show, we watch Brandon Stark slowly detach himself from the present because of the effects of time travel, his curiosity about the history of the Seven Kingdom changes his outlook on life, and the more he travelled back in time, the more in contempt he was about the present.
In 2019 the final season of Game of Thrones will air on HBO, so even if this theory of Brandon being a White Walker is wrong, it will not dispute the essence of this article which is about the importance of time. Author Eckhart Tolle wrote in his book A New Earth ‘Awareness is conscious connection with universal intelligence. Another word for it is presence, consciousness without thought’. When we detach ourselves from the memories and patterns from our past, and practice presence, we create endless possibilities from the present for our future. Now that is a worthy tweet. Aha!