Originally published July 2011 – looks like I got this right!
Game of Thrones, HBO’s latest original series, is simply the most fantastic series to come from HBO yet! Unpredictable, visually stunning, intelligent with its depiction of morality, and at times utterly shocking. The violence, completely justifiable and necessary to the storytelling, was at times enough to make your knees buckle.
Hands down, the best, most promising series from HBO since Deadwood.
If you have not seen this – start watching immediately!
This series is available on demand through HBOGO.com and soon on DVD.
From the opening credits against Ramin Djawadi’s original and indelible score, you know this show will be epic. Benefiting from the great source material, George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice novels, this series is a flawlessly executed bringing the viewer to another world with big-screen-worthy star turns by familiar faces Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage. These two get the roles of their lives. An Emmy awaits one of them.
At the heart of the show is a politically motivated morality play that mirrors the backdrop of a very harsh and mysterious environment. This is a fantasy world riddled with 40 year winters, ghostly nightwalkers, and a few dragons. This world is compellingly fascinating. You can’t look away. The production designers and directors deserve some real credit here. There are no cheesy effects here. Not since Lord of the Rings has such a mythical world seemed so immediate. HBO is getting their money on the screen.
It makes no sense to recount the plot here. It would take paragraphs and still wouldn’t make sense. You need to watch it. I also don’t want to communicate any spoilers but there are plot twists that will leave you with an open jaw.
Suffice it to say the plots involve loyalty and betrayal. Honor and deception. Virtue and Evil. You know, the stuff of all serious and high drama.
If you invest the time to become comfortable with this world, the dozens of key characters that all look the same, and can stomach the violence, you are in for something special regarding what has been brought to the small screen.
HBO drama is back in a big way and may finally have a real successor to the Sopranos in defining the network!