It’s currently exam time. Therefor I’m doing what every student does: Finding reasons not to study right now. I had the glorious idea to watch Game of Thrones. Within less than a week I was done with all thirty episode currently existing. (Damn it, now I have to study -.-)
Let me give you a quick overview:
The story is set in Westeros. The country also called the “seven kingdoms” is ruled by one king who sits in King’s Landing. In the north is a huge wall made of ice to cut off and protect the country from the evil things lying behind the wall.
Furthermore, there are several important families: we have the Starks in the north at Winterfell, the Baratheons currently sitting on the iron throne in King’s Landing. The Lannisters also play a huge part in this song of ice and fire. Cersei is married to the King, her brother Jamie is King’s guard and the other brother Tyrion is growth-restricted, he is often called “the Imp”. Far away from what is happening in King’s Landing the Targaryens are planning to take the Seven Kingdoms back. The two remaining children of the family, Daenerys and Viserys, are the rightful heirs to the throne. Their father nick-named the mad King was murdered by Jamie and during the uprisings Robert Baratheon took the throne.
Another important group is the Night’s Watch. These man are to protect Westeros from what lies behind the ice wall. Beyond are not only Wildlings, simply wild people, but also White Walkers, supernatural creatures who were thought to be dead.
It’s quite difficult to tell anything about the story without spoiling the first season. So let me just say it is about who is the rightful King and what lurks behind the wall.
Should you decide to watch Game of Thrones you should have a good stomach. There will be blood, lots of blood and body parts flying around. There is fighting and there are wars, therefor prepare to see violence. You can also prepare for some nudity which is in several scenes absolutely superfluous (but hey, I guess that’s how you get people to watch to show).
Whatever you do, to not start to like a character. By now it is commonly known that George R. R. Martin has a thing for killing his characters. On the other hand there will be characters you absolutely loath and can’t wait for Martin to kill them off.
While watching the show the saying “well that escalated quickly” came to mind very often. It all starts out quite nice and before you know it you’re knee-deep in dead bodies and blood.
I must say I was really impressed by the cast. So far I didn’t come across one character for whom the actor was badly chosen. It’s also astonishing how well they manage the several languages invented by Martin. Especially Emilia Clark who plays Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen (she had to speak Dothraki and Valyrian) did an amazing job.
Currently I think about reading the books but first of all I need to stomach what I saw before I can throw myself into the story again and meet even more death and blood and nice characters dying.
One last thing: was there anybody else who really had to laugh when Natalie Dormer said “I don’t want to be a queen. I want to be the queen”? It’s always the same with her, I had an instant The Tudors flashback. xD
So brace yourself, winter is coming. It’s not long ’till fourth season will be here. ;-)