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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The Lannisters make their move and the Starks scatter in the wind. Winterfell is gathering their bannermen and Stark will end up dead as a doornail. Cersei starts her rule as regent and makes a plethora of mistakes, which is something that the Lannisters will end up paying in the long run. It was a good episode.
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Arya is practicing with Syrio. There is some fighting going on. It looks like the Gold Cloaks. Old Nan sends Sansa to her room to barricade herself in. A knight from the Kingsguard comes to take Arya away. He’s got a white cloak and white filigree all over his armor. Syrio defeats four Gold Cloaks with a wooden practice sword. He tells Arya to run. Arya hears fighting in the Red Keep. The Hound comes for Sansa. Arya finds all of the men from Winterfell dead. She goes rummaging for Needle. Arya ends up using Needle to kill a boy inadvertently.
Ned in is in the black cells in the dungeons. Varys comes to see him using a disguise of a guard. Varys tells him that he’s a dead man. Tyrion has slipped through Catelyn’s fingers. Varys says that he serves the realm.
Sansa is brought before Cersei. Cersei tells her to write to Robb and Catelyn and tell them to urge their fealty to Joffrey.
At the Wall, they bring back the bodies of the brothers that fell on the other side. Sam remarks that there is no smell. Jon says that they should burn them. The Lord Commander Mormont wants them examined first. The King is dead. Lord Stark stands accused of treason. They say he conspired with Robert’s brothers to deny the throne to Joffrey. Jon wants to leave, but the Lord Commander says that his duty lies here. Ser Alliser continues to pester Jon. Mormont confines him to quarters for trying to attack Alliser. That night, Ghost is acting strange. He is barking. He leads Jon to the Lord Commander’s quarters. A wight attacks Snow. Mormont arrives. Jon throws a lantern at the wight and he burns up. They burn the bodies. Sam says that they were touched by White Walkers, that’s why they came back to life.
Robb receives the letter Sansa wrote. Robb tells Luwin to call the banners. He’ll take an army to King’s Landing. We see a lot of ravens leaving Winterfell.
Catelyn receives a letter at the end of the day. Lysa received it this morning. Lysa doesn’t plan on sending any men.
Bronn is leading Tyrion through the Vale. Some of the clans of the mountain come for them that night. They meet Shagga. Tyrion manages to convince them to escort them through the Vale.
Dany sees what the Dothraki do to get gold to hire ships. She tells her honor guard to stop the raping. The matter is brought before the Khal. The Khal has to kill him for disrespecting him. A woman named Mirri comes forth to heal the Khal.
Lord Greatjon Umber is a tough bannerman of the Starks, and Robb has to show some steel to bring him under heel. Rickon tells Bran that they won’t be coming back, not their father nor their mother. Osha talks with Bran at the godswood. She tells him that the gods are answering him. She says that the weiwoods were cut down a long time ago in the South.
Lady Catelyn meets Robb at his camp. He shows her the letter from Sansa. It doesn’t mention Arya. Catelyn says that their best hope is that Robb defeats the Lannisters on the field of the battle.
The mountain clans lead Bronn and Tyrion to the Lannister army headed by Lord Tywin. He finds Ser Kevan there as well. Jaime is laying siege to Riverrun. They tell him what has been going on. Robb has crossed the Neck. Lord Tywin sends his men against the Winterfell host. Tywin wants the mountain clans to fight for him.
Robb and the northern lords are deciding whether to attack the host at Riverrun or attack Lord Tywin’s forces.
At the royal court, Lord Tywin is appointed Hand. Janos Slynt is made a lord. They eject Ser Barristan Selmy from the Kingsguard. That is unconsciable because the Kingsguard serves for life. They appoint Ser Jaime Lannister as the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Ser Barristan is a famed knight, and he deserved better. Sansa asks for mercy for her father.
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