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Game of Thrones – Season 1 (2011)

Game of Thrones is an ongoing series of books written by George R.R. Martin. In 2011, HBO decided to make a series out of this material and in retrospect, a very succesful one at that.

Game of Thrones takes place in a country called Westeros. Comprised of seven different kingdoms which are ruled by a king which sits on the aptly named ‘Iron Throne’. Season 1 focusses mainly on Lord Eddard Stark (played by Sean Bean) who gets the request by king Robert Baratheon to serve as his right hand. Reluctant to accept his offer, Eddard soon receives intel that the previous ‘hand of the king’  was murdered, and decides to accept the offer in an attempt to find out what really happened.

From this point onwards we get introduced to a host of characters that live across the seven kingdoms which we’ll follow over the course of a season. This leads to the only real doubt that people have against watching it: It’s filled with names such as Tyrion, Tywin, Lords, Khaleesi’s and many many other definitions, story lines and characters which are new to us.
But it’s also the biggest triumph of the show. ‘Game of Thrones’ is exactly what it is, multiple parties which are all interested in either taking the throne or keeping others from getting it.
Ofcourse, being an HBO original, it has lots of violence in it, as well as some pornographic imagery, however it’s always suited for the story and it even benefits from it.

Where lots of shows use filler scenes and characters to get through a season, GoT doesn’t succumb to such atrocities. Every character, over the course of the season, has a very well thought out storyline. They all have different backgrounds, motivations and families whom we grow to love over the course of the 10 episodes that fill out the first season.

It’s safe to say that a show like this will ofcourse always get critiqued for being popular or too complicated. There definitely will be a few instances which will make you go: ”wait, who was he again and why is he or she saying/doing this”. But that’s never distracting you from the story it’s telling nor is it a reason to keep you from experiencing what’s arguably the best series that HBO has made in the past few years.

Whether it’s the Lannisters, the Starks or the Targaryens (names you will grow to understand and love within 2 episodes time) that you favor, all have sufficient screen time and no character is wholly good or bad.
If we skip to the present day: GoT is already finishing up on it’s 2nd season which further deepens the plots that have been laid out in the first one. And the quality is yet to degrade.
When you’re keen on watching quality tv, or taking it one step further: a quality story, you can’t really go wrong with GoT. It’s unique on tv right now with its multi layered story line and high production values and it demands some of your time.

9.5/10 stars!



2 thoughts on “Game of Thrones – Season 1 (2011)

  1. Good review, and I agree that it’s a great show but I disagree with your take on the gratuitous nature of the sex and violence in the show. I think it’s incredibly over-the-top at times and unnecessarily so as it comes off as gimmicky. Here’s the review I did of it last year.

    Posted by Shawn P. O'Halloran | May 15, 2012, 23:12
    • I like your review, we certainly disagree on that thing though. It’s in the same spirits as the original novels and it fits within its universe nicely. I think a lot of it boils down to the fact that we aren’t used to seeing that much violence on TV while it should be there on some occasions. But, never the less, its a good show whatever way you look at it! Thanks for reading and commenting! I appreciate your time and opinion spent on this ! 🙂

      Posted by That Dutch Filmlover | May 16, 2012, 00:00

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