Game of Thrones: Season 1
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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
From the Manufacturer
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.
Top Customer Reviews
At the heart of "Game of Thrones" is the Stark family. Living in relative isolation, patriarch Sean Bean is called to assist the King when a vacancy opens up due to suspect causes. Suspicions have fallen on the King's wife (Lena Headley) and her twin brother (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and there may be further nefarious acts in store for His Royal Highness. When the Stark's young son witnesses something he should not have, a violent act that will have long range repercussions occurs. This, however, is just the jumping off point for a tale with numerous dimensions.Read more ›
Things I liked in this HBO series...
1.) it's not often a movie-series turns out to be the perfect visual compliment to what many consider to be the gold standard for epic fantasy writing...but this does. It captures the atmosphere, the subtle edginess, those brutal, unexpected moments; it really does grasp the mood and essence of the book.
2.) in addition to presenting a riveting tale, the production gives us acting that brings the books' characters to life in realistic settings.
3.) a computer enhanced animated map is shown as a short cut scene at the start of each episode. Giving those of us familiar with the books a brief refresher and those new to the series a sense of the geography, direction and distances.
4.) a pulsating, musical score to start each episode that perfectly fits the heraldic spirit of this story.
HBO has done a wonderful job making this first book (Game of Thrones), into a first rate TV series. 5 Stars.
5/5: Some Blu-Ray discs I own of other series don't look nearly as great as Game of Thrones does. Put any worries about an exceptional quality of image and audio aside, this set looks stellar.
3/5: It looks great on the shelf, but it's bulky. I feel like we're past the era where we need enormous box sets taking up valuable shelf space. The LOST Blu-Ray is a great example of how to do a series box set without being overly large. That said, the artwork is excellent and the box set high in quality, with some wonderful character portraits on the back of each of the folded sections holding the disc. There's an episode guide tucked in with the UltraViolet Digital copy code. I knocked a couple of stars off because of the excessive bulkiness and the fact that the back of the box set fails to continue the embossed, raised design of the front and sides, which reeks of cost-cutting measures. We all know HBO's shows sell for quite a premium, so I expect more on that.
3/5: I wanted to give this a 5/5 badly, but there are two unforgivable issues I'd be remiss not holding HBO accountable for. The good: menus are very well laid out, load quickly, and are designed well. They look fantastic and it is clear thought was put into them. User interface is very easy and straight-forward. The downside: there is a stupid long advertisement at the beginning of each disc (thankfully you can skip it), but it goes well beyond the length of a commercial break advertising other HBO series.Read more ›
WOW oh WOW.... This series just blew me away! The storyline was amazing! All the machinations, assignations, intrigue, deliberations, or stunning confessions that go on are incredible. The sets and locations are gorgeous. The theme music is very stirring and the opening credits are creatively done. I can see why each episode runs a cool $6 mil.... I'm afraid I'll run out of superlatives in describing this show. There were many times in watching the series where I was shocked and stunned, like "wow.... Oh my gosh, did that really just happen?".... You think you may know what's going to happen next, and the show surprises you. It plays out like an elaborate and intricate game of chess. I love shows that do that.
You may not recogize many of the names, but you'll recognize a lot of the faces. Mark Addy (Roland from A Knight's Tale, Bill Miller in Still Standing) is wonderful as Robert, king of the seven kingdoms. Rightfully on the throne? Some aren't so sure about that. Eddard (Ned) Stark (excellently played by Sean Bean, Boromir from Lord of the Rings) is Lord of Winterfell and Robert's friend. Ned is asked to come to Kings Landing and accept the job of Hand of the King, due to the recent demise of the previous title holder. Some whisper assassination. If that is indeed the case, Ned wants to know why he was killed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome. Worth watching even to someone who doesn't get into watching series showsPublished 19 minutes ago by Amazon Customer
Streaming quality is not good... It hangs and then I have ro re start my television.Published 10 hours ago by Rajat Raina
I really don't see what all the hype is about. There are a lot of other shows that are better than Game of Thrones. I wish I would not of wasted my money buying season one.Published 14 hours ago by B. Shappley