Friday, August 19, 2011

The Game of Thrones

Assalamualaikum/Peace be Upon You

Just recently I watched the new sensation t.v. series that just being aired at HBO, The Game of Thrones. The action-fantasy based on the novels of George R.R. Martin by the title of A Song of Ice and Fire, had 2.2 million watching the first airing, and 4.2 million overall for the night including repeat airings. That’s notably less than the numbers for the last big HBO premiere, Boardwalk Empire, but that show was set in a recognizable reality (1920 Atlantic City) and contained some real historical figures in its cast. The hope is that the new series can build on its current cult following.

The series had somewhat Lord of the Ring theme in it. It's like a medieval age where Kings rule the land and honor and nobility are looked up to. If you ain't a noble than you are nothing. The story about the Noble Houses that fought to obtain the Iron Throne that are supposed to said the King of all the Lands to sit upon.

The story mainly focused on the House of Stark where it revolved around Eddard Stark, the head of House Stark, one of the Great Houses of Westeros. He rules over the vast province known as the North from the castle of Winterfell. He is married to the Lady Catelyn of House Tully and has five legitimate children: Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon. He also has an illegitimate bastard son (illegitimate more likely), Jon Snow, reportedly by a common serving girl named Wylla. Jon's presence at Winterfell is a source of friction between Eddard and his wife. . He then was offered the job as the Hand of the King by the current King, Robert Baratheon.

As the story progress, there are several different POVs on the characters inside the series which explained some of the reason what is happening and why the things happened. I truly recommend this series to any fantasy lovers out there. However this series does contain some vulgar words and explicit scenes in it as it was aimed for matured viewers.

My favorite characters in this series? It would be Tyrion Lannister, which nicknamed the imp since he is a dwarf. He is an interesting character for me because he is smart, sarcastic, snide but have a soft spot for something imperfect and unwanted. The next would be Jon Snow, the bastard son of Eddard Stark. Even though he is unwanted because he is isn't the illegal son, he still care for his step-siblings. The last one would be Arya Stark, the tomboy daughter of Eddard Stark. Well, I got a soft spot for strong-willed girls.

Alas, all I can say is The Winter is Coming.

Eddard Stark played by Sean Bean which people might know him as Boromir from Lord of the Ring.

Tyrion Lannister played by Peter Dinklage. He was voted by many fans and even by George R. R. Martin himself to play as the character Tyrion.

John Snow played by Kit Harington, the tragic character in the series. Though he is Stark's son, he wasn't born in the legal way.

Arya Stark played by Maisie Williams. Her character enjoys swordplays and have a tomboyish characteristics. I like it when she cut her hair short.

P.S.: I can't wait for the next season which will be scheduled to be aired in Spring 2012.

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