I just finished the last episode of The Guild’s sixth season, only a month late. I have to say this was probably the best season yet as far as writing and character goes. All of them have been great, don’t get me wrong, but the show has grown noticeably over the six years they’ve been doing it. In case you’ve missed an episode, or the whole show, you can pick it up here. For those who don’t know, or have never heard of The Guild, it’s an online sitcom based around the real, and imagined, lives of a guild of gamers that all play an MMO simply titled ‘The Game’. The stars of the show are members of a guild called The Knights of Good, and each season adds ever expanding looks at their lives outside ‘The Game’ and how both interweave. The show stars Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Vincent Caso, Amy Okuda, and Robin Thorsen.
This season pulled our heroes out of their seats and literally placed them in ‘The Game’ as Codex starts her job at game HQ and her guild crashes the party. We still see some of the split-screen, online chat interaction between the members of the guild, but most of the season focuses on what they do in real life. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll say this season turns up the character development and story quite a bit from past shows. Some characters grow, while others stay the same. In the end the season has a happy ending for the guild, and the game but the final scene leaves us hanging.
There’s speculation on the forums and blog over at the show’s site that this was the last season. The final scene does much to support that, but it could also be intentional. The writers and creators of the show have quite a sense of humor, and sometimes a twisted one at that. I would not be surprised if they are all giggling behind their hands as the fan base foams at the mouth over whether there will be a 7th season or not. After all, the overarching theme behind season 6 is how fans rage about, and ultimately geek out over the game they love. Perhaps the creators are waiting for their very own ‘come to Floyd’ moment before happily announcing a new season is in the works. I, for one, will remain hopefully optimistic until I see anything definitive from the staff at The Guild.
So, that said, watch the show. It’s not just for gamers, or gamers who play MMOs. Anyone that has had a group of friends interested in one hobby together can appreciate the dynamic this show has. It will be especially appealing to gamers who are members of online guilds, but we all have our geek interests. Whether it be MMOs, poker nights, fantasy football, movie trivia, or a book club. Even my wife, explaining to her sister what a bag of holding was, “It’s like a bag that has an undetectable extension charm on it.” Harry potter geeks! Gotta give her props for remembering what a bag of holding is though, she’s never played D&D, just listened to me geek out about it. Whoa, tangented.