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Game of Thrones Season One Review

August 1, 2013

Game of Thrones seems to have gripped people everywhere, the UK, the US and Europe are all watching it, and currently are waiting for the fourth season to start. Unfortunately, I am a bit late to the trend, but finally, I have caught up on all three seasons and seeing as it appears to be part of the culture at the moment, and it is vaguely historical, I will write a review of the three seasons to date. Seeing as only a few people have not watched Game of Thrones, I will be writing of the content of the show, so there will be SPOILERS…you have been warned!

The first season is based on the first book by George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, I haven’t read it, but after watching the TV show I plan to. In this first season we are introduced to the House of Stark, who feature in the whole season. There is Eddard, the head, played by Sean Bean, accompanied by his wife, two daughters, three sons and one illegitimate child. Struggling to keep up already? I was! The King, Eddard’s friend Robert Baratheon with his wife, a member of the Lanniston family, along with their son, and various other siblings of the Lannisters arrive at Winterfell, home to the Starks. Unfortunately, this is where it goes downhill for the Stark’s. Eddard Stark is persuaded to go back with the King, to be the King’s Hand, and his eldest daughter is to be married to the King’s son. However, soon after arriving at the home of the King, King’s Landing, the King dies, and Eddard discovers incriminating evidence against the Lannister family, that the King’s son is in fact the child of an incestual affair between Cersei and Jamie Lannister. Eddard is accused of treason and at the end of the season, loses his head.

Meanwhile, we meet another house, the Targaryens, Daenerys Targaryen marries Khal Drogo, the head of a warrior tribe, at first she doesn’t like him or the ways of the tribe, but as the season goes on, she slowly falls in love. The last piece of the plot line is the wall, which is a massively high wall of ice, beyond the wall are things unknown, but are known to be dangerous, and so the Night’s Watch is sworn to guard this wall, this is where Jon Snow, the illegitimate child of Eddard Stark goes. If you are still keeping up, the next season brings in more houses and more characters, and you may be lost then!

This season is entertaining, each episode is an hour and there are ten episodes per season, which is quite a lot of viewing time. The actors are all pretty good, and the sets and costumes are even better. I think the imagination going into the different places, costumes and hair are excellent, whether this is on the part of the author or director I don’t know, but it is good. It can get confusing though, the story line is complex, and needs concentration, there are a vast number of characters in different areas, and it only gets worse in the following seasons. Maybe reading he book would help, I don’t know, but I will try.

On to other things in the season, there is violence, there is sex (and a lot of it too) and there is heartache. This season will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, and the final episode is fairly shocking. But, it is worth watching, it’s not the best show on TV, but it’s not the worst, the one thing I don’t understand is the hype around it, yes it’s good, but not the most amazing thing ever. Watch it, see what you think, or if you have watched it then let me know what you think.

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