Game of Thrones is an unspeakably amazing show that forever changed the way people look at TV. It’s bigger than The Lord of the Rings, better than Gladiator and contains more Oscar-worthy acting performances than the entire cast of The Godfather-trilogy …
Nowadays, television has become the greatest and most powerful channel for entertainment.
Some of the best things made in America today are TV-shows, such as The Sopranos, 24, The Shield, Dexter, Breaking Bad and The Wire.
These are groundbreaking stories, and the reason why TV has outgrown the movie-industry!
Game of Thrones tells the story of an impending war between 7 different kingdoms who all desire but one thing: the Iron Throne in Westeros! He/she who conquers the Iron Throne gets to rule all seven kingdoms. It’s that simple …
What makes this show so bloody brilliant is how everything feels real. There’s hardly any CGI or fabricated computer-effects in play.
Obvious exceptions are the mythical creatures like dragons, ghosts and ghouls that make an appearance – because, yes, Game of Thrones is first and foremost a fantasy tale – but even they look entirely realistic!
At the start of this great journey things may appear a little slow. Not to worry, even the lengthy dialogues about politics will sound like music to your ears!
Game of Thrones is a lot of things, but boring isn’t one of them. There’s lots of information to tell, many more characters to introduce, worlds to explore, etc …
Everything is beautifully unwrapped piece by piece, like a Shakespearean web of intrigues, mystifying manipulations and plot changes you won’t see coming from a mile away, even if you had a telescope.
The most beautiful thing about this great TV-show are the majestic landscapes. The atmosphere is so gripping you often forget to breathe. The dialogues are flawlessly bound together in a perfect marriage of actors and words.
Especially the performances of Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Charles Dance are beyond perfect and perfectly cast, so much so in fact you forget these are actors playing a fictitious role.
THIS is perfection!! THIS is Game of Thrones!!!
GAME OF THRONES – SEASON 1
In Season 1 of Game of Thrones we meet the very basics of the show: essentially it’s about 4 different families who engage in a thick battle for the Iron Throne in Westeros.
These families are the Lannisters, the Starks, the Targaryen and the Baratheon.
- The Lannisters are easy to spot by their blonde hairs, as well as the fact that they’re equally rich as they are corrupt.
- The Starks are those who fight with honor.
- And the Targaryen were once the mightiest masters of the world, thanks to their ancient-old dragons by their side. Nowadays, the dragons are gone … and in their stead the Dothraki seized power!
The one downside Season 1 of Game of Thrones may have is that things move very slowly in the beginning. There’s a great deal of attention that goes into presenting all the different families, the worlds they live in and the traditions they live by.
The true power of Game of Thrones is the telling of a strong story and amazing characters, beautifully told in a subtle marriage of sweet fantasy and raw reality.
There are no big battles (yet), but blood is shed in abundance. You’ll see plenty of sword fighting, throats are cut without so much as a moment’s pause and there’s even a beheading towards the end.
Lengthy dialogues and slow scenes are everywhere as if it were a Shakespearean play, with a few gay- and lesbian romances in the mix, but the brilliant writing never ceases to amaze you!
On top of everything else, the show has a very impressive cast with actors you’ve never seen before … but you’ll never forget again! There’s so many wonderful performances it’s hard to pick a favorite one (though everyone seems to grow fond of the little dwarf) and the ensemble of having so many classic characters in a single show makes every episode a feast for your eyes …
So you see, there’s LOADS of things to enjoy in Game of Thrones! And this is only Season 1 …
GAME OF THRONES – SEASON 2
Get ready! Prepare yourselves! Put your helmets on, because here’s a brand new adventure of the immaculate spectacle known as Game of Thrones! The show that changed the rules of television for once and for all …
Other than part 1 – which mainly focused on introducing the many characters and the charming worlds they live in – season 2 of Game of Thrones does not waste a single minute on theoretical background information, but blasts through the door with unprecedented force!
After the horrifying death of you-know-who, it seems there’s a king in every corner of the world now, stabbing for the one and true Iron Throne. It looks like a battlefield out there, and it’s open season for every single nut with a sword!
There’s more death in season 2, more schemes and plots than you can possibly hold dear … and it seems pretty much everyone in Game of Thrones is corrupting themselves with hateful cruelty or ugly lies. Sarcasm is spewed with devilish charm and an evil smirk. Bodyparts are severed with gushing blood. And it’s the innocent ones who ultimately pay the harshest price …
But not everything is doom and gloom. Game of Thrones is first and foremost an exodus of upper-class entertainment.
Slowly but surely the fantasy begins to reveal itself. We already saw the little dragons at the end of season 1. This time we’ll get a sneak preview of the White Walkers rising from the darkness, and there’s this odd fellow who’s able to change his face, making this show even more complex than it already is (lol)!
Last but not least: there’s also the sexiest witch you’ve ever seen on television … and the courageous attack on King’s Landing by one Stannis Baratheon, an attack that will henceforth be known as ‘the Battle of the Blackwater’.
What makes season 2 better than season 1 is: there’s more action and bloody sword fights heading your way – with the climax of an incredibly spectacular fight, one almost as impressive as the battle for Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings – but luckily the show never shifts its focus away from the wonderful story & characters.
Another major asset of season 2 of Game of Thrones is the undying authenticity of the costumes and the landscapes. It’s like stepping into a time travelling machine and – ZOOM! – away it sends you! Suddenly you find yourself emerged in a Medieval city of horses and brave soldiers in armor.
Naturally, the whole thing would go up in smoke if it wasn’t for its amazing cast of actors.
Much like part 1, the casting of Game of Thrones is beyond great! No matter the leading roles or the smallest cameo-performances – whichever way you look in the world of George R.R. Martin – you are treated with sublime storytelling and everlasting beauty …
The very greatest performances in season 2 are those of Charles Dance as the ever-rigorous warlord Tywin Lannister, the clownesque John Bradley as the goodhearted Samwell Tarly and of course … what would Game of Thrones be without the dynamic duo: the cynical Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and the viciously cunning Lena Headey as queen Cersei?
There’s a great deal many surprises that await you in season 3.
You’ll notice how certain key players will turn to a totally different direction. Characters whom you thought would never behave so unpredictably. Heroes show their darker nature. Villains suddenly care about the weak. And the entire world of Game of Thrones seems to throw you off balance …
Most rewardingly is how the fantasy plays a bigger role in season 3, but never without losing focus of its story and characters. There’s White Walkers (a fancy name for zombies), ferocious dire wolves protecting their masters or hunting for flesh, a trio of Jurassic Park-dragons growing by the minute … and we get ourselves a first preview of a human giant!
Season 3 contains more different sub-stories than ever before. Characters who used to travel together are cut off and separated, now each one of them telling their own true tale. This makes Game of Thrones the kind of show not afraid to mix things up.
Some characters are killed off. Some are forced to choose a different life. And others experience such horror they’ll never be the same person again!
But don’t fret! Despite some horrifying stabbings or death-defying creatures crawling from the darkness bringing you stuff of nightmares – season 3 is once again entertainment of the highest value!
Even when the show takes its foot off the gas, it never ceases to arouse excitement! Some dialogues, though they may appear long and boring on paper, are so beautifully written and even better acted.
Whether it’s a political debate in a conference room or two ladies who giggle and gossip about their ex-boyfriends … Game of Thrones is a series that only seems to get better with each new episode.
The action and set pieces in season 3 are even greater – and probably more expensive too – than the two previous seasons combined. The final two episodes as well as the blood-curdling climax can easily be described as ‘one of the biggest shocks in television history’ …
But it’s not all fantasy that strikes the clock! Game of Thrones is first and foremost about humans and their intertwined corruption and craving for the Iron Throne.
- the malicious boy on the throne learns a thing or two about love, positively influenced by his new wife, the ever-gorgeous Margaery Tyrell.
- Jon Snow falls in love, but seems to be conflicted about which side he wants to be on.
- Jaime Lannister has a little ‘accident’. His father, Tywin Lannister maintains a dictatorial discipline over the 7 kingdoms.
- Samwell Tarly, the good-hearted fat man of the Night’s Watch who cannot even properly build a fire will become a true hero overnight.
- And somewhere in the far distance Daenerys Targaryen grows ever stronger and stronger …
And there is soooo much more adventure ahead of us …
GAME OF THRONES – SEASON 4
Season 4 of Game of Thrones isn’t just a flawless season … it’s the best season of the entire series so far! It’s better in every single department.
The action is much bigger, even rivaling the likes of The Lord of the Rings. The drama is enough to make everyone quiver with anxiety. And the dialogues are so wonderfully well-written you forget you’re watching a whole bunch of make-belief.
Most shocking of all is how many key characters disappear from the show. Some simply walk away or choose a different path, but most of them end up dead.
And dead in Game of Thrones really means ‘dead’. We’re not just talking about folks that drop to the floor … we’re talking about soft-horror images of people being tortured, violated and ripped apart.
One is poisoned, the other is stabbed with a sword through his face, another gets crushed under a terrible weight … it’s not just the many deaths that leave you ponder with angst. It’s the way these people die.
The gruesome, über-realistic and often bloodied ending of their lives is so uncommonly filmed, you’ll never find another movie/series that shows death the way Game of Thrones – Season 4 does!
The fantasy within the show also grows more important, but it’s never the cheap kind of Hollywood puppetry or CGI-fest so many mediocre movies devote to.
The creatures in Game of Thrones, such as the dragons or the White Walkers, all look very real. And the eerie atmosphere that surrounds them is more entertaining than any words could possibly describe …
Also in season 4: we learn new stuff about some characters that have been around since the beginning.
We learn what happens to the realm after the death of you-know-who. And we finally get answers to questions such as ‘what is the mystery of the three-eyed-raven’ and ‘who will sit on the Iron Throne’.
But more than anything, season 4 shows you the devotion of a fabulous cast & crew who strive for absolute perfection. The landscapes are amazing, the ancient clothing is beautiful, the dialogues are some of the best you’ll hear … and the actors … there are so many outstanding performances in a single show it’s impossible to choose a favorite one!
If Game of Thrones is perfect … season 4 made it even better!
GAME OF THRONES – SEASON 5
How to make a new season when the last one was the best? Simple. You make the new season darker. Much darker. You put everyone at risk, kill key characters left and right (though not as many as in the previous chapter) and you show things on television that have never been shown before!
This is Game of Thrones season 5: it’s the only series that can get away with so much horror … and still show the beauty within!
In season 5, many famed characters take a different route. Jamie Lannister goes away from King’s Landing on a diplomatic mission. Tyrion and Lord Varys head for Meereen to see Queen Daenerys. King Tommen proves to be a change of pace compared to his older brother, the gruesome King Joffrey.
And Jon Snow desperately tries to find the middle ground between his love for the Night’s Watch and his duty with the Wildlings.
Furthermore, season 5 contains more action from the White Walkers, innocent people getting hurt in brutal ways … and there’s the rise of not one – but two creepy cult groups.
One group causes chaos in the streets hiding behind a spooky golden mask, the other group is comprised out of religious fanatics, dressed in old clothes.
So you see? There’s something for everyone …
The end of season 5 will leave you shocked (if not: there’s something really wrong with you, and I’d recommend a psychiatrist!). It’s a season that begins a bit slow, but once in the driver’s seat, the story sets itself on a route clearly darker than the other seasons.
Now … what can we expect in:
GAME OF THRONES – SEASON 6
Season 6 of Game of Thrones begins with a bang! No more introducing new characters or lengthening various sub-storylines. The new season throws you into the game with enough blood and dirty fights to keep everyone satisfied.
The main focus of Season 6 is about Bran and his visions of both past and future. He is still lying flat on his belly under the ground, with only some old guy as company who somehow got stuck in the roots of a massive tree.
It’s all a little bizarre if you think about it, but that’s the whole point of the show. Don’t think, just sit back and relax!
The story of Bran took a long time before anything remotely interesting happened – mostly he just trekked with his friends through the countryside – but in season 6 his story finally develops into something worthy of mention.
We find out who Hodor really is, the big friendly giant who carries Bran around, and we will witness Bran and his friends in a big fight that’s going to change things forever.
Above the ground, other interesting things are happening too.
King’s Landing is still under siege by the religious fanatics who call themselves ‘the Sparrows’. At the top of the world sits the old man, referred to as the ‘Head Sparrow’, who somehow manages to control everyone in the city without the use of violence or weapons.
Their power continues as more and more people in the city join the new religion. Little do they know the Sparrows are about to face their biggest challenge …
The women in Game of Thrones – Season 6 are essentially the ones who seize power with both hands.
Cersei Lannister is mentally preparing herself for something larger than life. Arya Stark still looks to become no one, so she can wreak havoc on all those who did her wrong. Her sister Sansa Stark is finally learning the hard lesson not to trust anyone but herself. And the Red Witch Melisandre isn’t so sure anymore about the Lord of Light.
But the biggest threat comes from Daenerys Targaryan. She starts off as a prisoner amongst the Dothraki, but with help from the right people, she still seeks to achieve her one and true goal: build an army and sail to Westeros.
The most rewarding thing about Season 6 is how certain key characters meet their doom. Halfway through the middle, the show takes its foot off the gas. But that’s only to prepare us for the greatest finale any season of Game of Thrones has shown us thus far.
The end of season 6 is not just a shocker – it sets things up nicely, which means we can hardly wait for Season 7 …