Thank you, HBO. Thank you.

Thank you, HBO. Thank you.

Worth It
Jul 19, 2011

HBO has a pretty good track-record of producing exceptional TV programming. From “The Soprano’s” to “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to “Band of Brothers” to “Boardwalk Empire”…the list goes on. And this year they released the first season of the mythical drama, physician Game of Thrones. I recently finished the season and, well…I’m spellbound.

Game of Thrones is based on George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, “A Song of Ice and Fire”. Season one covers the multiple story lines found in the first novel, aptly named, “Game of Thrones”. It takes place in a fictional world called the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. The plot follows the many power-brokering families across the kingdoms, all vying for the ultimate seat of power, the Iron Throne. Filled with intrigue, betrayal, fear and duty, this story is never dull. The characters are robust, complex and compelling people. The writing is poetic and commanding. Apparently, executive producer, Benioff, jokingly suggested the tagline for the show be, “The Sopranos in Middle-earth”. He’s not far off. This show is as compelling as “The Sopranos” ever was and it’s setting is nearly as fantastical as “Lord of the Rings”. Fortunately, Game of Thrones does not fall into the trap of making the fantasy world the centre of the show. Rather, the high fantasy element is simply the context within which powerful storytelling takes place. A smart approach, indeed.

Game of Thrones does an amazing job at drawing you into the emotional states of it’s characters. Throughout the first series it runs the gamut of the human heart; honour, revenge, despair, greed, lust, love, hate, joy and envy. And what intensifies all of this is the unpredictable plot lines. While some things are easy to see coming, there were moments, especially near the end of the season, where I was so shocked with disbelief that I nearly lost my head. Other than “Lost”, I can’t think of another show that has had me so wowed with it’s surprise twists and turns.

Last week this show was nominated for 13 Emmy’s. I wouldn’t be surprised if they walk away with most of those statuettes. Every element of the show’s production, from the acting to the writing to the set designs, is glorious and memorable. Unfortunately, we all have to wait for some time before we get our next viewing of this king of primetime. They haven’t started shooting season two yet and they haven’t released a date for when it will air. So, like many, I will probably just have to be satisfied with a repeat watching of season one. I don’t mind. It’s just that good.

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  1. Wow yeah, what a great series. I wasn’t too familiar with it ahead of reading your review, now I’m hooked 🙂 Good stuff…

    • Sweet! What episode are you on? It gets super crazy as it goes along. Loved it!!!

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