"That's not the way to get a-head in life."
I’m unsure what it was about Episode 1, but it left me pretty underwhelmed. Here was I, expecting to be screwed over and played with by the giant, tormenting cat HBO embodies, yet, overall, we were mollycoddled. That first episode opened on Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) celebrating his birthday (in typical petulant fashion), for Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) to waddle in and make everything oh so light-hearted. As season opening’s go, it’s about as safe as cotton wool wrapped in bubble bath. Well, at HBO it is. Anything less than Adored Major Character Dying feels rather easy going.
The ‘HBO’ branding has become synonymous with risk. The Wire opened its second season with a completely new host of characters – a feat Game of Thrones could’ve easily