Game of Thrones: Season 1
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Game of Thrones is a Game of Win or Die
Based on the bestselling book series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, this HBO fantasy drama is a tale of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne.
- This was the first TV series in history to be screened in IMAX theatres.
- No single character appears in every Game of Thrones episode.
- The sword that appears in the center of the Iron Throne is Gandalf’s sword (Glamdring) from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.
- In Season One, Northern Inuit dogs, a type specifically bred to have a wolf-like appearance, are used for the dire wolves.
- The character Joffrey Baratheon is based on the Roman Emperor Caligula.
A Riveting Saga
- The complete first season of Game of Thrones includes 10 episodes
- Attractive boxed set includes five DVDs, a guide to Westeros and bonus features
- More than nine hours of first-rate entertainment featuring a massive cast, lavish sets and special effects
- A must-have for Throne fans
- Also available as a five-disc Blu-ray set
Meet the Cast
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
Dwarf Tyrion is the youngest son of the Lannister family. His mother died giving birth to him, and as a result, his father and his sister Cersei have always hated him.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
A princess living in exile, Daenerys is the last of her family line. She believes she is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and is on a mission to reclaim it.
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)
Beautiful, cunning and ambitious, Cersei is married to King Robert Baratheon, which makes her the queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington)
Jon is the illegitimate son of Ned Stark, and although he was raised in his father’s household, he feels and is treated like an outsider.
The first season of the hit HBO original TV series, based on the bestselling book A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. An epic drama, Game of Thrones is set in the fantasy continent of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land where summers and winters can last for years. This adventure-fantasy series is now available in a 7-disc Blu-ray collection with these exclusive features: in-episode guide, historical Game of Thrones context, inside look at the creation of the battle of Blackwater Bay and audio commentaries with the cast and crew that includes Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Kit Harington.
The horrors of war, the danger of shifting alliances and the anguish of intra-family rivalries raise the dramatic stakes, matched by the glorious visuals. --Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post
So far (judging from the first four episodes), it's living up to our highest expectations. --Matt Roush, Tv Guide
Those who make the investment are richly rewarded. There's enough tension, betrayal, treachery, greed and sex, after all, to fill eight seasons of 'Scandal'. --Chuck Barney, San Jose Mercury News
15 Character profile clips
Creating the Dothraki language
Inside the Night's Watch
From Book to Screen
Creating the Show Open
7 Audio Commentaries
Guide to Westeros
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Given all the other reviews, it is hard for me to think of anything new to say about this celebrated HBO series which as some strong similarities to the 2 season historical drama "Rome". It seems the writer has "borrowed" a bit from just about everyone, most heavily relying on the real history of the Plantagenets and the War of the Roses, although there is little evidence that the dialogue owes anything to Shakespeare's great plays about that history. Of course, there is also a strong flavoring of Tolkien, as if you needed Sean Bean (Boromir in LOTR) in the lead role of Ned Stark to tell you that.
When I began watching, I had high expectations, which were temporarily deflated through the third to about the seventh episode. I yearned for more back story, which the narrative gave out in drips and drabs. I anticipated that the king would die in some way during the first season, and the fact that Sean Bean does not reappear in season 2 give away some of the plot.
Another element which enlivened my interest is that Peter Dinklage's character, Tyrian Lannister, begins to appear more regularly by episode 7, and starts having an active effect on events. Even in this season, there is no mystery to why Dinklage got several acting awards for his role in this series. Aside from Bean and Dinklage, the acting is sound, if not necessarily inspired. If I were to identify one actor and role I began to anticipate, it was Emilia Clarke, who plays the exiled Daenerys Targaryen.
The season succeeded in what may have been its two primary objectives. I am now anxious to see what happens in Season 2 (especially to see more of Dinklage) and to buy some of the books by George R. R. Martin, on which the series is based. It is this deep history which made Tolkien's books so magical and which works for Martin's story as well.
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Very basically, the show is about the King's throne, and who will out maneuver whom to get their family, or someone in their family to the top, to be King. You'll watch with rapt attention how the choices each of the 10 or so major characters affect the rest of the world. Peter Linklage absolutely dominates his role as "the Imp"--the youngest son of the richest family in what they refer to as "the 7 Kingdoms," and just dares you to root against him as he is the dwarf son of the patriarch of the Lannister family.
As amazingly acted as this show is, it's hard to find even a single flaw in the entire show. If the show has any weaknesses, it would be in trying to pass 20 something year old actors as 14 and 15 year olds, and, if you want to call it a weakness, there are only 10 shows per season and as the show keeps delivering one of the most epic, addictive performances, I've found it hard, personally, not to watch the 20+ episodes which have been made because you'll always be yearning for more.
For the parents, I would strongly suggest you watch an episode before allowing anyone under the age of 13 from watching as you might find yourself forced into having "the talk" with them long before you want to. When they warn you about the sex, nudity, and violence, they're not kidding. There's plenty of each, however none are used gratuitously. They're used as needed to show the character of each, well, each character.
So, pros would be: Acting, Directing, Production, Writing, Costuming/Wardrobe, make-up, special effects.
The negatives would be: only 10 shows a season, only available through either pay-cable, or pay-amazon, though quite honestly, it's worth every penny, and, for those who've read the books, the age-inappropriate casting. Since the very first episode I was highly dubious when I saw 2 characters who, in the books, are only 14 and 15, but both arrive sporting beards any 30 year old would envy, and a girl who's supposed to be 12 looking closer to 20 than 12. With that being its worst flaw (and quite explicable by saying, quite simply, the show was never meant to be exactly the same as the books. Those who haven't read the books won't even notice it), again, it's a show without equal.
To sum up, it's as I said in the title. In my opinion, to date, this is the very best show ever made for the small screen. The scope of the story, and the glorious visuals just beg you to watch the show with a projector so you can watch it on a 120" screen. The producers spared no expense in making this show everything it could be. Other than giving us 20 hours of viewing per season instead of 10, I'm not altogether certain there's anything which could've been done better.
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