*SPOILER ALERT FOR GAME OF THRONES SEASON 1*
Over the last four years Game Of Thrones has grown from niche nerd obsession to a mainstream cultural phenomenon. GoT has become a massive hit for HBO. So popular that they recently began screenings episodes in IMAX. The show is known for killing off established characters with little remorse and that level of danger is exciting for viewers. I’ve sat on the sidelines waiting for the right moment to finally start watching. I knew I would love the show, but having to catch up with 40 hour of TV was daunting. As a huge fan of fantasy like Lord Of The Rings I had an idea of what to expect, but I have been pleasantly surprised so far.
I’m about halfway through the second season and I am enjoying my time quite a bit. The politics, violence and Dinklage have all been interesting and entertaining. It took two episode for me to decide I was into the story. The world created by George R.R Martin and adapted by the fine folks at HBO is very well realized. The kingdom of Winterfell, where the beginning of season one takes place, is a great setting for the start of the show. A land full of its own long lore. Ned Stark, the King Of Winterfell, was such a great character and Sean Bean (who also played Boromir in Lord Of The Rings) did an excellent job playing him. Ned was a man of honor and fairness at a time where those traits could get someone killed. Almost immediately after he entered King’s Landing I knew his fate was sealed and there was no way he would be able to leave there alive. Watching his reputation tarnished was equally as devastating as watching his head chopped off. His wife Lady Stark was another great character taking matters into her own hands and doing whatever necessary to protect The House Of Stark. As the north waged war with the south it was rewarding to see Ned’s son, Robb, step up and take command of the large army he organized.
Then there is The House Of Lannister. The royal family you love to hate. The backstabbing, dog-eat-dog mentality that we see as a result of modern capitalism exists with the Lannisters. You have brother and sister Jamie and Cersei Lannister in a not-so-secret incestuous affair. They’re so determined to maintain their secret that they’re willing to kill a ten year old boy. They kill the Hand Of The King, and eventually have Ned murdered. Their love child, Joffrey, is literally the scum of The Seven Realms and I’m counting the episodes until he’s killed. The best Lannister is, of course, The Imp! Tyrion Lannister. The physical manifestation of individualism and self interest, Tryion will do whatever it takes to keep himself alive and in the best position possible for survival. Despite this, he has a heart of gold underneath the blonde hair and the scent of prostitutes and wine. After Ned was killed he became my favorite character.
On the other side of this fictional world is Daenerys Targaryen a princess forced to marry the barbaric King Khal Drogo. Her character development might be the most interesting throughout the first ten episodes. She goes from a reluctant wife, who is literally raped for consummation, to the rightful Queen of the Dothraki. Her transformation into the leader of her people happens faster than I would’ve hoped, but its a very satisfying one.
The show hinting at certain things keep me interested. Seeing small glimpses of Lord Of The Rings-style magic and fantasy is something I can’t wait to see fleshed out. I want to see the dragons, I want to see more of the zombie-things Jon Snow killed, and I want to see what happens when winter comes. This is a long-winded way of saying I’m really enjoying the show and I plan to be caught up by April.