“Do you watch #Game of Thrones?”

“No, I’ve never seen it.”

“Whaaaat? Oh my god you have to watch it. It’s seriously the best show ever. I can’t believe you’ve never seen it!”

I wish I could tell you how many times I’ve had this conversation. Here I am, telling the World Wide Web, that I have never seen an episode of Game of Thrones. I don’t necessarily have any negative feelings toward it. In fact, I’m sure I’ll watch it eventually. However, people often tell me I simply must to watch it, but they rarely explain why I should dedicate a significant number of hours to this series.

Before starting this article, here’s a summary of what people have told me about Game of Thrones: You can see a lot of breasts, Jon Snow is a babe and the main characters are always killed off. These three reasons, while compelling, have not yet motivated me to get catch up with the latest HBO craze.

So I posed the question to my Facebook friends: Why is this the best show? Convince me.

Sure, I could find a bevy of articles online that tout the superior quality of Game of Thrones compared to other current #Television offerings, but I wanted to hear from the very same people who tell me I’m missing out.

Why 'Game of Thrones' rules

  • The constant unexpected deaths of characters keeps viewers on their toes and hungry for more episodes while they wonder if their favorites will survive.
  • The show has strayed from the plot of the books, which allows those who have read the series to remain interested.
  • The author of the books, George Martin, built a universe with immense history that’s always being referenced and intertwined in new ways.
  • The production value and cinematography are superior to many television shows.
  • There’s an equal amount of external and internal conflict for the characters.
  • The soundtrack is epic and holds the viewers’ attention.
  • Converting the quite massive books into a television show allows people who aren’t interested in reading to enjoy Martin’s addictive plotline.
  • “It’s like Lord of the Rings on crack,” according to Rachel Peritore, a 28-year-old Massachusetts resident.
  • It’s a thematically deep show that breaks the typical rules of storytelling.

The fact that people can pinpoint so many favorable characteristics of this series makes me significantly more intrigued. Even as an avid reader, the size and density of the book series intimidates me. Television shows aren’t often known for their soundtracks so that is a unique quality. I love the way J.K. Rowling connected the past, present and future in the Harry Potter books, so an even more complex and intertwined storyline is enticing.

The next time you try to encourage your friends to dive into Game of Thrones, provide them with more profound reasons than nudity, attractive actors and plot twists. I’m confident it will be a more successful venture.