News of Ned Stark's execution spreads quickly and Robb Stark vows to get vengeance. Robb's banner-men declare him to be King of the North. At Castle Black, Jon decides to desert the brotherhood and join Robb's army. Sam and his other friends have something else in mind. Having been rescued by a Night's Watchman, Arya begins her travels north to the wall. Impressed by Tyrion's good advice, Tywin sends him to King's Landing to act as the King's Hand while he is occupied with the war. Daenerys learns that she has lost the baby and realizes the error she made in trying to keep Drogo alive. At his funeral, she boldly walks into his funeral pyre and the outcome is a surprise to everyone but her. Written by
Two of the scenes - Arya's brutal encounter with Hot Pie and Lommy, and the conversation between Jaime and Catelyn - are not included in the original novel, but in the sequel "A Clash of Kings". See more »
After Ned Stark is beheaded, we see his sword, Ice, covered in blood. It's unlikely that there would be that much blood on the blade since the slice through his neck by the executioner was so clean and swift. However, it's plain that it was done for dramatic and visual impact. See more »
The sun tells an important part of the series back story, on its panels. It does so in three segments. First, as the credits start up, the sun depicts how the Targaryens and their dragons conquered Westeros. The second time the sun is shown, a dragon is depicted in a mortal struggle with 3 other animals: The Stag, the Lion and the Wolf. It is a very literal way to show how Robert Beratheon and Ned Stark rebelled, with Tywin Lannister reluctantly supporting them, in the end. Finally, the third time the sun is shown, before the series title enter the scene, a lion (among other animals) is shown "kneeling" to a triumphant Stag. Just as Robert was crowned King after winning the war. See more »
Game of Thrones is a show which delivers in all aspects that you would hope a big budget TV show would, and Season 1 is by far the strongest of all seasons to date. I have viewed the first season three times and have read the book twice, the adaption from book to the TV screen is simply faultless. This is true for season 1 at least however I am aware that in the later series differences between novel and show become all too common.
With the first season being a perfect adaptation we are treated to the original dialogue and scripting which is such an amazing piece of work, I haven't seen many shows which deliver on this as well as Game of Thrones. Much of the show is a word for word copy of the novel which is always great to see, staying true to the book ensures we get the full experience, intended by the author. George R.R. Martin had a vital role in the production of the earlier seasons, being very hands on and controlling over how he wanted it to be portrayed.
The first two episodes are relatively slow paced as characters are introduced and back stories are touched upon, from there on though it really starts to pick up momentum. Having fewer characters and families to focus on means that the pacing and storytelling moves very freely and flows at a rate which is very easy to follow and very easy to get addicted to. The Starks, Lannisters and Daenerys are the main focus over the 10 episodes, with the story also covering John Snow and the Nights Watch at the Wall. Characters aren't black and white, they have depth, different sides to them, many have mystery, with qualities you like and dislike. All characters are unique and from early on you start to get a gist of who is good and bad, likable and unlikeable.
Game of Thrones isn't an action series however; its main strength is its dialogue, character relationships, character development and sublime story telling. The action we do see though is spectacularly violent and graphic, to the point where people have questioned the extremes of it. Seeing uncut gore and violence in something as mainstream as this is refreshing to see, language and sexual content are also very common with very little being held back. Game of Thrones excels in the 'shock factor', so often do things happen which come as a complete surprise, the first season alone has several of these moments, with each episode ending on an intriguing note, making you want to see what happens next. This can however be frustrating as for example, episode 3 could end on a cliff hanger with certain character and we may have to wait until episode 5 to be taken back to that particular storyline. This isn't an issue if you are binge watching the show but if you are watching it 1 episode weekly as it is aired it could become annoying.
The amount of work that has gone into this is quite staggering, all the sets and costumes are fantastic and you can really tell that they haven't taken any short cuts during production. The filming locations are spot on, mixed in with the right amount of CGI, it brings the world to life with total realism. As Characters move around to different locations so often, much work has gone into the sets so we know instantly where they are, helping us keep up with the fast pace. Kings Landing, The Wall and Winterfell are all very distinguishable within seconds of new scenes.
Game of Thrones makes a bold statement that it doesn't hold back when it comes to controversial subjects. It tackles them full on, showing complete ignorance to the easily offended, saying 'if you don't like it, simply do not watch it', and I respect that, very much.
For me, the show declines in later series. George R.R. Martin has much more control over this season and it is very evident, especially when you have watched all seasons back to back. But as this is a review of Season One alone, I honestly cannot fault it and I would rate it as highly as any TV I have ever seen.
A very easy 10/10.
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