Game of Thrones Season in Review
If you haven’t caught on to this summer’s blockbuster TV show Game of Thrones, you need to jump on the bandwagon. Possibly the best show on television currently, Thrones’ first season has been fantastic. Based on the bestselling novel series by George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones is set in a dark, medieval fantasy world where several royal families are all vying for the Iron Throne, the story’s seat of power. Think of it as one reporter puts it, “The Sopranos meets The Lord of the Rings.” If you haven’t watched the show, you may not want to read below as there are MAJOR plot spoilers. Once again, beware, spoilers below.
From the beginning of the show’s pilot episode I have been hooked. Most of the time TV producers tend to come up with silly or childish fantasy settings with lots of magic and monsters, etc, but Thrones does something to the fantasy genre that no show has done before, it has tuned it almost specifically towards a more mature audience. The first episode is filled with beheadings and lots of sex, something the usual HBO viewer will be quite used to. It also, however, is filled with some of the most amazing and well developed characters I’ve ever watched on screen. Throughout the first several episodes of the season these characters become even more defined and we grow to love, or hate (and I mean HATE), each and every one of them. Just as the season draws to a close, and we feel like we know most of the characters on a personal level, they thrown in the ace: the execution of possibly the shows most prominent and lovable character Ned Stark.
The season finale of the show last night proved that it is willing to throw its fair share of monkey wrenches at its viewers along the way. We see most of the major characters embarking on new paths, as well as leaving us with huge cliffhangers with most of them as well. As the show progresses, these paths will become even more intertwined, and will be forced to rely on each other. Now that I’ve hopefully gotten you even more hooked on the show, you will be as disappointed as I am to learn that the next season doesn’t premiere until next spring. If you are impatient like I am, go pick up the books and read ahead, because I know that’s what I’ll be doing for the next 9 months.