I rave about HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’
I’ve never read George R. R. Martin’s medieval fantasy book series called ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. I’d heard of it, but haven’t got around to reading it. Well, that may change very soon. I’ve been watching the first few episodes of HBO’s TV series based on the first book of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ called ‘A Game of Thrones‘, and I think it is utterly fantastic!
There are four volumes in the book series so far, with the fifth coming out shortly, and two more that are planned. But getting back to the television series; HBO has put a tremendous amount of money and effort into creating a fully realized and realistic world in ‘Game of Thrones’. The show is a sensory feast! Watching each episode is like watching a mini theatrical motion picture. This show is just beautiful in every grimy, sweaty, lavish detail; the clothing, the structures; from the darkest hovel to the throne room at King’s Landing is utterly convincing; every moment is pure visual joy to watch. And the actors are magnificent! In many ways the look of this show reminds me of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films, and Sean Bean (Boromir from those films) is born to portray Ned Stark, one of the main characters of ‘Game of Thrones’. And Peter Dinklage is becoming one of my favorite actors. He’s been in so many great films, and he’s fabulous as Tyrion Lannister.
In a way I don’t want to read the books now in fear that it would spoil watching the TV series. I had no idea what the story was about, so discovering this alternate (distant past/future?) world of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros is quite fun. It definitely has fantasy elements, but they are subdued and mysterious so far. There are the ‘White Walkers’ to the north of the Great Wall who seem to be some kind of zombie/cannibal/vampire type creature that we’re introduced to rather gruesomely in the first scene of the series. And we learn that some men of this world rode dragons long ago; and we’ve had a glimpse of some dragon eggs. But much of the series so far deals with political intrigue and warring families and lots of interesting characters spread across many lands.
‘Game of Thrones’ is definitely NOT for younger viewers. A fair amount of naked people, sex (incestuous and otherwise) fighting and the occasional dismemberment and beheading await the viewer. And that’s just the first four episodes that I’ve seen. This show has everything!
So check it out…