Game of Thrones is a lavish fantasy epic tv show, based on the series of books of the same. Produced by HBO, they haven't stinted on the look, the
costumes and the cast (incidentally made up mostly a British ensemble). Sean Bean and Mark Addy are the main characters but are ably supported.
Watching the first 6 eps has inspired me to purchase the first book, which I have.
Recommended. I expect it will be out on DVD at some point.
Not one that I would care to read then.
I wanted to watch it because Mark Addy is a friend and I know he had some concerns about making it. I turned it off after the first 10 minutes because the foul language.
There are three main Epic Fantasy series currently that I'm aware of:
Wheel of Time - by the late Robert Jordan which takes a polarised viewpoint of male/female interaction and makes it surreal in some cases. This is the traditional 'safe' cosy fantasy most people are used to.
Then you have the Other Two. Sword of Truth and Game of Thrones, both series are Epic Fantasy. However these aren't your average fantasy books. They take a no holds barred viewpoint more akin to a horror book than a Tolkien fantasy.
Game of Thrones takes it a bit further than Sword of Truth, in that there is no real main character, there's no real Good or Evil plot (well there is sort of, but it's not as well defined as in most fantasy books) and he's got a disturbing way of looking at life. This is the medieval age brought to life again where life was cheap and morality was subjective on the threat of force.
The main problem with GoT isn't the fact it's no holds barred view to reality, it's that George Martin's glacial release rate that has angered a lot of fans. Especially due to missed release dates.
It'll be interesting to see how the adaptation of GoT handles the various torture/murder/rape scenes encountered in the books.
Sean Bean? I always wondered what Mr Bean's first name was.
Surely there's only room in this world for one Mr Bean!
Just watched the season finale of Thrones - Fantastic! So didn't want it to end. Now have to wait ages for the next series, which will probably be this time next year.
I really enjoyed this show, two thumbs way up!