Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones  

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The much-anticipated premiere of Game of Thrones aired Sunday night on HBO (read our official review of the pilot HERE). The series follows George R. R. Martin’s dense fantasy novel series very closely, meaning that it can be a real headache sorting through all the characters’ relations and allegiances.So how about Sunday night’s episode of “Game of Thrones”? To say that it was a doozy barely scratches the surface of all the shameless double-crossing and bloodshed that occurred. ith the amount of money apparently spent on “Game of Thrones,” the fantasy epic set in a quasi-medieval somewhereland beginning Sunday on HBO, a show like “Mad Men” might have the financing to continue into the second term of a Malia Obama presidency. “Game of Thrones” is a cast-of-at-least-many-hundreds production, with sweeping “Braveheart” shots of warrior hordes. How does a show top killing off its main character? For Game of Thrones, that was the challenge after the shocking death of Ned Stark, but the show somehow managed to get even better.Let me state up front that this article contains no spoilers for any television show, motion picture, book, play, poem, record album, videogame, or historical event. You’ll be completely safe while reading this, unless you’re one of those tabula rasa types who avoids even the most rudimentary information about a TV series–like, say, that HBO’s fantasy-drama Game Of Thrones features people getting impaled by swords. For those of you who’d rather not have known that, I apologize. As for the more rank-and-file spoiler-haters, let me assure you: I respect your position.A recap can hardly do justice to the episode’s gruesome events, which have been adapted quite faithfully from author George R.R. Martin’s brilliant plot twists and turns, but we can provide you with a video interview of “Game of Thrones” star Sean Bean talking about the big “event.” To that end, Screen Ranthas compiled a family tree for the main Houses of Westeros to help viewers get their bearings. The infographic, which we’re calling “Westeros 101?, covers the five houses introduced in the pilot, wherein most of the events in Game of Thrones’ freshman season will take largely on location in the fields and hills of Northern Ireland and Malta, “Game of Thrones” is green and ripe and good-looking. Here the term green carries double meaning as both visual descriptive and allegory. Embedded in the narrative is a vague global-warming horror story.That’s right, the season finale of Game of Thrones saw the rise of two kings, the start of two wars, and the arrival of actual, living dragons, which makes me want to climb on a rooftop and scream: “AWESOME!”ctually, there are times when knowing major plot details in advance can be helpful. I’ve never read George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire novels, but I’ve been watching Game Of Thrones and enjoying it immensely. This is a dense show, teeming with characters and backstory, and since I tend to lose my way within complicated fantasy narratives, I decided before Game Of Thrones premièred to do some research, even if it meant finding out some major story points in advance.

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