Okay dudes and dudettes, this is one television series that is definitely not one for the young dudes in your house. Let’s get that out of the way first. We’re talking adult content here, both thematically and visually. Not to mention verbally.
Now that we’ve got the disclaimers out of the way, let’s talk about the actual show.
Aired on HBO and available sometime on DVD from Amazon.com, Game of Thrones is an amazing piece of cinema. The fact that it’s on television just makes it all the more amazing.
The series is based on A Song of Fire and Ice, a (so-far) five-book fantasy series by Hugo- and Nebular-award winning author George R. R. Martin. The 10-episode first season is an amazingly faithful adaptation of the first book of the series. It really is amazingly faithful, seeming to be at times a word-for-word and scene-for-scene recreation of the book.
It’s become so good, really, that when I read the books I see the actors from the show in place of the folks who had been in my head for so long.
This will let you know how good the show is. My wife, known to me as She Who Must Be Making Fun Of My TV Habits, is not someone who likes a lot of fantasy or science-fiction shows. Mostly she just likes to make fun of them. My young dudes and I had been eagerly awaiting the show, Sarcasmo and I being huge fans of the book series, and we’d roped Zippy the Delivery Boy into watching it as well.
We’d been watching the show and their mom had been in the room. After sitting through two episodes in a row somewhere in the middle of the season, she started asking questions. That’s when she went back and watched all the episodes so far. She was hooked. So much so that she actually bought all the books so she could read those as well. And she NEVER reads fantasy books.
The series’ lush cinematography, amazing acting and fantastic scripts really draw you in and start immersing you in the world of knights, dragons and magic.
This is a show well worth your time. Not to mention a book series you should really check out. Definitely five (5) dudes out of five.