George R. R. Martin is a name that is not so unfamiliar with readers. With his bestseller series, A Song of Ice and Fire, creators David Benioff and Daniel Weiss could not help but bring the fantasy novel to television. Originally distributed by HBO, the television series originates its name from the first installment of the novel in the aforementioned series entitled, A Game of Thrones (1996). With an excellent cast, profound plot, great music, breathtaking visuals and exquisite locations, Game of Thrones will undoubtedly take one on a fantasy expedition. First aired in April, 2011, the series follows a striking plot with a charm and charisma of its own. The narrative is intense and so is the acting.
The Game of Thrones is set in the fictitious lands of Westeros and Essos in a time where kings were the supreme authority and fire breathing dragons were a thing. The story revolves around the notable families of Westeros and other continents around, which are intended on claiming their supremacy to the Iron Throne. With a commendable cast and their eccentric acting skills, the series indeed has the engrossing vibe to it. The action sequences are thrilling and so is the zeal with which one can never speculate what is about to happen. Speculations lead to nowhere as George R. R. Martin is infamous for killing off characters. The series ought to leave an everlasting impression onto the viewers (especially if you like gore and sex), while its amazing music and equally astonishing storyline is also amazing. Winterfell, King’s Landing, Riverrun, Casterly Rock etc. are some of the well-known places of the Game of Thrones Universe. Analogous to the first novel, the first season focuses its story on Eddard Stark of Winterfell (portrayed by Sean Bean) and his alliance with his king-friend Robert Baratheon (portrayed by Mark Addy).
Robert makes Ned (Eddard Stark) the Hand of the King and invites him to the King’s Landing. But problems arise when Robert dies and his wife Cersei Lannister along with her son Joffrey (incestuous child with her brother Jaime Lannister) declare Ned a traitor and imprison him. Meanwhile, in Essos, Viserys Targaryen (son of the former king, portrayed by Harry Lloyd) wants his rightful claim to the throne. In the hope for an army and help in return, he marries off his younger sister, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) to the leader of the rowdy Dothraki tribe, Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa). Ned’s bastard son, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) joins the Night’s Watch and goes to the Wall in order to protect the land of Westeros from every eerie thing beyond it. Other seasons that follow, have a receding resemblance to the novels and the latest season, i.e Season 6, has quite divergent plot. Another wonderful character whom the audience loves is Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), the imp son of Tywin Lannister, and the brother to Jaime and Cersei. His dwarf stature is overshadowed by his witty and well-timed words and ironically, he is a person of great sex appeal around the King’s Landing. Starks (led by Robb Stark, Ned Stark’s son) declare war on the Lannisters as to avenge Ned Stark’s death and to take over the Iron Throne from the treacherous Joffrey Lannister. Beyond the Wall, Jon Snow captures a wildling, Ygritte, who leads him and his troop to a trap. There, they get attacked by the White Walkers (whom most of the people of Westeros regard as a mere myth). Eccentric characters like Jorah Mormont, Syrio Forel and Jaqen H’ghar lull the viewers into watching more and more of it.
With approximately 20 million viewers (per episode) worldwide, and per episode production cost of nearly 10 million US Dollars, Game of Thrones is the most expensive and the most viewed TV series of the time. It has even broken the record for the highest number of Emmy Awards won by any fictional series till date and is expected to set more benchmarks in future. So, get ready to experience a fantasy journey to Westeros and to indulge into the dirty politics of the time.