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Game of Thrones (2011)
One of the greatest shows of all time
GAME OF THRONES is based on the novels A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, a fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. The series contains five books so far, two more will follow. The plot takes place in the mythical continent of Westeros, which is comparable with the European medieval. There are several powerful families or houses which are permanently fighting for the "Iron Throne" of Westeros. GAME OF THRONES combines epic adventures like in THE LORD OF THE RINGS with political intrigues and interpersonal issues like in THE SOPRANOS.
The actors are well chosen, most of them fulfill the image I personally had in mind when they were described in the books (unless they changed the outer appearance of some characters on purpose - for example one character has blue hair and a blue full beard in the novels, in the show the kept his outer appearance more usual). There is a huge amount of characters introduced, for non-readers the overview can be difficult to keep; That's why you always should pay attention, especially when new characters are being presented. The huge amount of characters does not lead to a chaos without any system, it all makes sense if you keep an overview.
Season 1 keeps as close to the novel as possible, when you read the book not long ago, you will even recall specific dialogues. In seasons 2 & 3, the HBO directors digress from the novels very slightly, but don't worry - the changes they made aren't really important, it's often just budget-forced; sometimes characters are left out or two characters occur as one.
When you hear about the show, many people say it's just about sex and killing one main character after another. Don't listen to this! Well, there is a lot of sex, but that's not what it's about. GAME OF THRONES shows how the European medieval could really have been - dirty, treacherous, dishonorable and inequitable. The point of killing main characters is true; George R. R. Martin is ruthless and does not care how beloved his characters are - when they need to die, they die. That doesn't mean, any death of a character is random, even if it seems this way at first. When the story goes on you will realize that every death has its purpose for the plot.
A major point that makes GAME OF THRONES one of the best books/shows in the past decades is the actualization of good and evil. There are only a few characters who are clearly considered as "the good ones" and even less, barely a handful of "evil ones". Every character has his own goals and achievements he wants to reach, just as ways to realize them. It's up to you if you support one specific character or not. There are many plot lines with different characters, some of them you will learn to love and some of them you will learn to hate.
If you enjoy the fantasy genres in general and are looking for a show full of tension, exciting plot twists and with an absorbing, really huge plot, then GAME OF THRONES is a must see!