Creator: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
Writer: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, George R. R. Martin
Director: Tim Van Patten, Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Alan Taylor
Starring: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Michelle Fairley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey
Genre: Medieval fantasy, Action, Suspense, Thriller
Delving into my review of the HBO series Game of Thrones without giving honor to whom honor is due would be wrong. And in this context that would be American novelist and screenwriter George R.R. Martin, the writer of the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire from which the series Game of Thrones was adapted. When George started writing the novel series around 1991 and published A Game Of Thrones, the first book of the series, in 1996 i doubt even he envisaged it would garner as much attention and positive reviews as it’s gotten so far.
The TV series is set in the seven kingdoms of Westeros, where summer and winter span longer than usual, the former for decades whilst the latter- “can last a lifetime”. The story revolves around the battle between the Seven noble families of the Kingdom for the Iron Throne. The dominant families are the Houses Stark, Lannister, and Baratheon. Sean Bean (famous for movies like; Equilibrum, 007 Goldeneye & Lord Of The Rings) plays Eddard, Lord Stark [Picture inserted below], who is approached by his old friend Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros (Picture inserted above), to serve as ‘Hand of the King’ which is the post of the official closest to the king. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order to investigate further. Meanwhile the Queen’s family, the Lannisters, may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the previous and deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also scheming to regain the throne. The friction between these clans, and the remaining great Houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, and Tyrell, leads to full-scale war. All the while, a very ancient evil, rumored to come with the winter period, awakens in the farthest North. Amidst the war and political confusion, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond it.
Not often do you get to come across a series that would capture the hearts of people around the world and even replace what they’re currently watching in some cases. Game of Thrones managed to achieve this feat and got 13 Emmy nods including Outstanding Drama series for its first season. Though the series lost in 12 of those 13 categories, Peter Dinklage (my favorite actor in the series) took home the only award for the series in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama series.
If you like Lord of The Rings & Rome or you are a lover of the fantasy genre then this is definitely one for you. Then again if you are one of those people that love series, then you must not miss this one as it’s got a storyline that would have you glued to your seat. Tim Van Patten and his team did a good job with the development of this series making a masterpiece of the novel to screen adaptation and the cast displayed great talent in the execution of their roles. After seeing the complete first season, returning immediately to the series i watch regularly like Fringe & Mad Men became difficult. I’v seen the series, can’t wait for the next season to begin thus keeping quiet and sitting on this one wouldn’t be the best course of action as it will begin showing in Nigeria this September.
Game Of Thrones will start showing on M-Net and M-Net HD on the 26th of September at 21:30hrs…
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