With a 9-9.5 out of 10 rating, Game of Thrones is a wildly popular franchise and perhaps one of the rare few shows deserving of such an acclaimed rating. The HBO show is adapted from George R.R. Martin’s series A Song Of Fire And Ice and well worth the watch.
Some fans watch the show, some read and then there are those in between who do both. I’m one of the inbetweeners. It isn’t technically necessary to read the novels however if you do you’ll have a better time watching the first episode than the guy next to you who hasn’t and is wondering who the fuck those three guys are and what they’re talking about it. ASOFAI cannot be accused of having a small selection of characters and the books are your best bet if you want to watch the show and not get lost between the Starks, Tullys, Baratheons, Lannisters, Tyrells, Greyjoys, Targaryens and everyone else in between.
With so many characters on credit I can’t praise the casting department enough, I’ve never seen a show casted so well. You won’t see so many big names either, the show boasts hidden talents and while almost all the actors and actresses have prior experience, some with resumes as long as their arm, there are few that are mainstream and famous enough that you’d spot them out as fast as you would Brad Pitt in an indie movie.
Another thing about the series is that you’ll be calling for blood and blood you will get. Death, violence, nudity and profanity are rife throughout the show so if you blush faster than a nun reading a zoo magazine I suggest you throw away all sense of modesty now because even I have become desensitized to the harsher language like the word “c**t” and I hate the word with a passion. Since watching the show the word “bastard” has crept higher on the list of my commonly used vocabulary. Is it right? Probably not, and certainly not in technicality because I know for a fact many people I call a bastard weren’t born out of wedlock. It’s not a nice word when you understand what it means but that doesn’t mean you won’t probably start using it with abandon when you get mid series.
I received the first book for my eighteenth birthday last year and the complete series that Christmas and because I had my nose stuck in Divergent, A Bridge To Terabithia and Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix all at the same time, it wasn’t a surprise my dad made it through the first book faster than I did. He quickly devoured the series and gave me sage advice: don’t get too attached, you don’t know when they’ll die and how it will happen. It’s the same advice I gave to my best friend when she started watching Game of Thrones although I will admit that advice flew out the window when I first met Arya Stark. I won’t give anything away to those who haven’t read the series or watched the show but those who have know what I’m talking about.
Dragons, war, deception, sex, Kings, Queens and you can’t walk two steps without tripping over someone’s agenda… what more could you want? I highly encourage anyone who hasn’t watched the series to take a peek at the first book or the first episode. It’s a little overwhelming but well worth it. The character’s are complex, the plot fantastic and even if fantasy isn’t your thing, the show has a way of drawing you in.
For those of you that are neck-deep in the series like I am, who is your favourite character and who do you think will make it to the end?