yes the on-the-nose “subversion” is what gets to me. it’s arrogant. forgoing any actual nuance just to flex to your audience that no one’s ever DARED pull these kinds of ideas in fantasy before. better hold onto your balls KIDDO
imo GoT was most entertaining a couple of seasons in when it felt like i was watching a cellular automaton unfold - seeing characters disperse and randomly interact with others from up-until-then separate settings, without always offering clear “beats” or “closure” - but it was impendingly obvious that stuff would have to become more cemented and predictable to give it any kind of climax, and i have no idea how you’d evoke that comparison in an RPG anyway. i’d never recommend the show to anyone unless they have a buddy also viewing it for the first time, because speculating where it might go is far more interesting than actually seeing it through.