Game of Thrones is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels. It has attracted record numbers of viewers on HBO and obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base. It has received widespread acclaim by critics, in spite of its criticism due to nudity, violence and sexual violence. The TV series has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series for its first four seasons and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series.
So here’s how I started watching the Game of Thrones.
After watching this video, you’ll know exactly what to expect from the series and you’ll find out that you won’t be disappointed. Even people who haven’t been into historical fantasy find themselves being swept right off their feet. The characters gift us with a little escape from reality, manipulating us into staying hooked onto watching. A delightful manipulation, in fact. You’ll end up falling in love with the characters, their backgrounds and the historical elaborations involved.
Here’s ten reasons why the Game of Thrones is the pucking best. (Hard to hand-pick a FEW reasons and you’ll find out why.)
Disclaimer: None of the following points elaborate on the plot. No spoilers, you see.
If you’ve watched or when you watch the Season 1, you’ll be taken for a surprise when you watch the episodes 9 and 10. Like I said, no spoilers. Watch it to find out why GoT is not one of the very normal TV series.
2. The Politics
3. Pace of the Plot
The producers have taken ample time to slowly ramp up the tension and create a world that is both magical and filled with the sort of timeless drama that engages viewers. It is so visually appealing to the point where you just can’t stop watching it and you’re addicted to it. The producers of GoT have succeeded in building tension and creating a compelling world filled with interesting characters.
4. The Building of a Whole New World
Game of Thrones is aimed squarely at adults, and it is not campy, self-referential, or comical. It basically does what serious science fiction and fantasy have always done, functioning as a symbolic commentary on the main social and political issues of the day. -Barna Donovan, PhD, professor of Film and Media Studies at Saint Peter’s University
It creates a world of fiction and fantasy that the adult audience can escape off to.
5. History Well-captured
The series is a realistic fantasy(yep) that perfectly describes the details about the various cultures, customs and traditions that makes it very authentic and believable on one hand and creative and original on the other.
6. Landscapes- A Visual Treat
The tree-covered settings of the North are shot in Scotland and Northern Ireland, other parts of the GOT universe are located throughout Europe and Africa. Scenes from The Iron Islands are actually shot in Ballintoy Harbour of Northern Ireland, for example, while Yunkai (aka the Yellow City), was shot in Morocco. An absolute treat for our visual senses, indeed.
7. A Treat To All Our Senses
While watching the episodes, the sexually explicit scenes leave the viewers guilty of indulging in voyeurism. The violence keeps our heart rate increasing and mercilessly keeps us hooked onto the series.
8. Neutral to Difference – Doesn’t Ignore It
There are characters of all shapes and sizes on the show and their characteristics matter. Tyrion is a dwarf and this is not ignored. (In contrast, Dinklage portrays a US Senator in the latest X-Men film and his size is never addressed.) People treat him a specific way because of his height, and some people consider him a monster, and his identity and personality are heavily influenced by it. – Cardona
9. Mythical Creatures and Animals
10. The Dialogues
The huge spectrum of accents, prosodies and idiosyncrasies seen in GoT adds to making it more believable and diverse to. Tyrion for example often delights us with his wonderful anecdotes, each one executed perfectly and poetically. Bronn consistently amuses with with his questionable one-liners while, on the contrary, The Hound speaks bluntly and with force, aggressively spewing expletives at women and children without so much as a blink. Some even say he’s quite succinct.
A Lannister always pays his debts- Tyrion Lannister
Game of Thrones is a lot deeper than swords and fiction. It’s a perfect juxtaposition of love and war. It’s a world of fiction which most of the viewers wish to teleport to.
Manipulate me, oh Game of Thrones! I shall gladly be hooked onto you forever.
Divya is an enthusiastic blogger and speaker. She is constantly looking for new interests to explore into. She currently lives in Bangalore, India.