This new fantasy series is based upon The Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin. Unlike other fantasy settings, since it is being broadcast on HBO, it features nudity and adult language. Unlike Camelot (Starz), which enjoys tearing apart Arthurian Legends, Game of Thrones is a compelling TV show. The premiere episode was on Sunday and the overall quality of the show, plus its unique setting makes it something to watch for the next few weeks.
It is also the polar opposite of a show like Spartacus, where there is so much nudity that it’s almost common place. In Game of Thrones, it’s part of the story and it feels like it’s an uncensored version. The story could be told without nudity and adult language, but it makes this show appeal to the target audience.
The most disturbing scene in this first episode involved the Queen played by Lena Hadley and her twin brother having incestuous relations. As a result, they end up throwing Stark’s son off a tower to keep their secret.
The story is set set in Westeros where “summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime”. I was surprised to hear that some US viewers wanted subtitles for this show. I mean, it’s in English. Granted, there are some different British accents, but it’s not like it’s so strong that it’s hard to understand. Those viewers who need subtitles should watch more international broadcasts.
All in all, I liked this show. I haven’t yet read the books, but it’s an intriguing setting and I and eager to find out what will happen next. The characters are quite complex, and the storyline will mix political intrigue with what will come through the wall of ice. Like many stories of this kind, there is a great evil that will come with the fall of winter, and it won’t be pretty.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Lord Stark arrives at King’s Landing. Jaime baits him about his father’s and brother’s deaths. Stark doesn’t rise to it. He is convened to the King’s Small Council meeting. The council is run without the King. It surprises Stark. The Crown is 6 million in debt.
Cersei is trying to instruct Joffrey, but he’s a total git. They agree on one thing. The Starks are enemies.
Stark discover Arya’s sword Needle. He shares why Sansa couldn’t betray her future husband.
Bran’s nurse tells him about the White Walkers and their giant spiders. They came when the night fell and lasted for a generation. Bran says that he doesn’t remember what happened. Something happened to his legs in the fall.
Lady Stark arrives in King’s Landing. She’s met by some guards who escort her to see Petyr Baelish, the Master of Coin, at a whorehouse. Lord Varys, the Master of Whispers, is there as well. Baelish says that the dagger belonged to him. He lost it to Tyrrian Lannister, the imp.
Stark receives a raven from Winterfell. Baelish implies to Lord Stark that his wife is in King’s Landing. Stark doesn’t like that he’s stashed her in a whorehouse Baelish owns. It’s treason to imply anything untoward about the royal family. Stark sends his wife away. It’s too dangerous for her to stay.
Arya gets “dancing” lessons with the sword.
Jon Snow is training at the Wall. He’s pretty good with a blade. A raven comes for Snow. It says that Bran has woken up. Snow goes up to the Wall. His uncle tells him that he’s leaving in the morning into the other side. Snow isn’t coming with him. He needs to earn it first.
The next day, instead of beating up his sparring partners, he starts to train them. More and more wildlings are coming south. They are fleeing the White Walkers and the monsters from the North. There are only about a thousand men in the Knight’s Watch. When winter will fall, they won’t be enough to keep the Wall.
The Lannister leaves for King’s Landing.
Cersei is annoyed with Jaime because the boy has woken up. Jaime says that he will kill everyone who keeps them apart.
The Horde is on the move. Daenerys shows Viserys that she is in control of the Drogo. She commands, not her brother. Daenerys is preggers and she’s learning the language.
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