Friday, November 21, 2014

Game of Thrones Easily the Best TV Offering


‘Game of Thrones,’ an American medieval high fantasy television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is easily this season’s best TV series.

Based on author George R. R. Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series, ‘Game of Thrones’ takes place in a fictional world, primarily upon a continent called Westeros but also on a large landmass to the east, known as Essos. Most of the characters are human but as the series progresses other races are introduced, such as the cold and menacing Others from the far North and fire-breathing dragons from the East, both races thought to be extinct by the people of the story. There are three principal storylines in the series: the chronicling of a dynastic civil war for control of Westeros among several competing families; the rising threat of the Others, who dwell beyond an immense wall of ice that forms Westeros’ northern border; and the ambition of Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled daughter of a king who was murdered in another civil war 15 years previously, to return to Westeros and claim her rightful throne. As the series progresses, all three storylines become increasingly interwoven and dependent on each other.

The show is pitch perfect. The story advances at a steady pace and each episode ends with viewers wanting more. The writing is smart, adult oriented and assumes viewers can follow along…or at lease get to a computer or book for more information if necessary. And while many were shocked by Ned Stark’s beheading an episode before the season finale — he was the series’ lead protagonist — no one can be disappointed with where the show appears to be going, as every character is transformed by Ned’s death, advancing the plot beyond where most TV serials would dear to venture…a world where others rise to fill the void left by the fallen hero.

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