Sunday, June 17, 2012

Game of Thrones Season 1 Review

 Game of Thrones is awesome. Not even gonna beat around the bush. This is a kick-ass show based on a kick-ass book series full of kick-ass actors and made by kick-ass people. In short, I love this show. From the directing to the writing and especially the acting this show is everything you could want out of an violence and sex filled HBO show based on a bunch of violence and sex filled books.

A Song of Fire and Ice is a book series written by George R. R. Martin. I'm not even done reading the first book and I've fallen in love with them. They're unabashed in their sexual nature and full of violence. It's everything i could hope in a mid-evil fantasy book series and more. So, we have a show based on amazing book series with fleshed out characters, dragons, violence, and more sex than porn? What the hell could go wrong? Not a whole lot actually.

The show was adapted by David Benioff, whose biggest credits are writing the screenplays for 25th Hour (based on his book), Troy, and Brothers, and D.B. Weiss, who wrote a book called Lucky Wander Boy. From what i can tell from the part of the book I've read, which is about a third of it, they stay pretty faithful to it almost entirely.

There's a very large ensemble cast helmed by Sean Bean as Lord Eddard Stark, who does a fantastic job. There's his children: sons Robb (Richard Madden) and Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright); daughters Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams), his toddler son Rickon, his ward Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and finally, his bastard son Jon Snow (Kit Harington).  All of these people are relative newcomers who all do a fine job in the roles they are given.

The other house to note is the King Robert Baratheon, played by Mark Addy who does a great job as the fat and jolly, but ill-tempered and quick to anger King. His wife Cersei, of the House Lannister, who is the most cold hearted evil bitch in the world, played greatly by Lena Hedly, the queen's twin brother Jamie played by Danish actor  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays a slimy douche exceedingly well. The Queen has three children fathered by(SPOILER ALERT) her brother, the only notable one being Prince Joffrey, the most evil spoiled little bastard you'll ever want punch in the face, stab in the stomach until his entrails leak out of his pompous ass and then rip out his still beating heart and feed it to a Direwolf, played smugly by Jack Gleeson, and gaurded by the burned-faced Hound.

Then on presumably the other side of a very large ocean we have the annoying as shit true heir to the throne Viserys Targaryean, played by Harry Lloyd, who is a complete bastard to his sister Daenerys 'Danny', played by Emilia Clarke, and sells her to the badass Dothraki leader Khal Drogo, Jason Momoa, where she comes to be in love with him and blah blah.

The acting all across the board is pretty stellar. Every actor plays his or her part extremely well, with special praise to Sean Bean. The only actor I have thus far left out is by far my favorite performance and favorite character, that is Tyrion Lannister played amazingly by Peter Dinklage. Dinklage really hits home with this role, embodying the wit and intelligence of the character and delivering every line perfectly, like he had been born to play Tyrion. Every scene with him is fantastic and he lights up the screen with his absolutely brilliant and spot-on performance.

The plot is intricate with multiple story arcs and settings. Many characters are introduced and the show gives you alot to follow. Lord Stark is invited by the King to be Hand of the King, after his last hand dies, hinter that he was murdered by the Lannisters. You quickly find out that every Lannister is a spoiled, evil, manipulative, douchebag with the exception of Tyrion. Danny is sold to Khal Drogo by her brother so he can have an army to take back his kingdom.

The stories are intricate and multiple, but aren't impossible to follow, you soon get a feel for every character and their setting and job. You become familiar with the characters you like and don't like.

Really, what I'm trying to say is that Game of Thrones is brilliant. It's one of the best shows on TV right now and will almost certainly continue to be so until its end. Its well directed, well written, and brilliantly acted and I recommend it highly. Its one of my favorite shows and as soon as I started watching I couldn't stop. It sucks you in with its compelling storytelling and memorizing acting. Its a brilliant show with a brilliant premise and an amazing execution. If you haven't watched it yet, I implore you to do so immediately. You will not be sorry.

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