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’m currently finishing A Feast for Crows, the fourth book of the series, and let me tell you that there are more deaths to come. Since he uses multiple POVs in this storytelling, Martin isn’t afraid of killing off important characters.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Winterfell is gathering their bannermen and Stark ends up dead as a doornail. The statue of Baelor was a bit small compared to how big it is supposed to be in the novels. Other than that, since this has an ensemble cast, there’s no doubt that the next season will be a success.
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Stark is still in the dungeons. Varys comes to see him again. He tells him that Robb is moving south. Cersei is worried about Lord Stannis and Renly Baratheon. Varys tells him if he confesses his crimes Cersei might allow him to take the black and go to the Wall.
Robb is waiting to treat with the Freys. The Freys hold the crossing and have done so for 600 years and they always exact a toll. Lady Catelyn goes to parley with him. Robb will be taking Oliver as his personal squire. Arya will marry Walder’s son Waldron. Robb will marry one of Walder’s daughters. Robb consents and his host crosses over.
The Lord Commander Mormont gives Jon Snow a blade named Longclaw, that’s made out of Valyrian steel. It was his House’s sword. It was meant for Ser Jorah, but he left it before he fled Westeros. He had the pommel reforged as a wolf. Ser Alliser was sent to King’s Landing with one of the hands of the wights. The brothers are happy for him. Samwell tells him that Robb is heading south to war.
Master Aemon has a talk with Jon about love and duty. Master Aemon tells him that his house’s name was Targaryen. His father was Micah. Aerys, his nephew, reigned as king. He was the Mad King.
The Khal isn’t doing too well. His wound festers. She wants Mirri to help. The Khal will die from a ‘scratch’. Ser Jorah tells Dany that they have to run. Her son will die and she’ll go to Vaes Dothrak. Dany wants Mirri to use magic. Blood magic demands a death to work its powers. She says to use Drogo’s horse. The bloodriders don’t want this to go through. Ser Jorah has to intervene. The baby is coming and Mirri is the only one who will birth the child.
Lord Tywin is sending Tyrion and his clansmen to the vanguard of the fighting. This could be a death sentence. Bronn found Shae for Tyrion. He took her from a ‘ginger cunt’ three tents down. Tyrion tells Bronn and Shae the story of how he was married to Tysha. The next day, Tyrion marches to war with the clansmen chanting ‘Halfman’. He is knocked out before the battle begins. He wakes up on a cart and the battle is over. They engaged a Stark host of 2,000 men and won. The Starks went for Riverrrun to break the siege.
Robb returns with Jaime Lannister. Robb sacrificed those two thousand men for victory. He duped Tywin.
Arya is in Flea’s Bottom. She is told that the Hand is going to the Sept of the Baelor. Arya sees her father and he sees her. He tells one of his men that survived ‘Baelor’, implying to look at the statue of Baelor for Arya. Lord Stark confesses his treason. Joffrey orders his headsman to strike. Ser Illyn Payne beheads him. Ned is dead.
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