Game of Thrones: You know… in case you just landed on Earth and don’t know what this show is about.
In A Nutshell
Game of Thrones is a story set on the continents of Westeros and Essos that interweaves different plot lines with a big ensemble of characters. As the name implies, it’s a race to the throne so it’s all about competition.
Meet the Characters
(NOTE: There are MANY characters and different factions in this series, and many of them are spoiler-y. We are just featuring some of the most relevant characters from Season 1).
Ned is the main character in the first season. He’s a very honorable and respectable man who’s loved by everyone, even though he can be a bit too innocent at times. He’s a childhood friend of King Barathen, which is why he’s the chosen one as the future King’s Hand. He’s got 3 sons, 2 daughters and a bastard. The six of them will have important roles in the development of the story.
Daenerys is the daughter of the previous king who has had to run away because of current circumstances. Her brother and her are the last descendants of the Targaryen, a legendary family. She has to get married to the leader of a tribe to get her brother an army in order for him to go back to the West.
Robert, best known as King Barathen, is all brawn and no brains. He loves partying and doesn’t have a very good relationship with Cersei, the Queen. He was in love with Ned’s sister and he got to be King after having won a rebellion against the previous King (The Mad King). He doesn’t like the game of thrones either. Despite not being very clever, in certain situations he proves to be somewhat honorable and someone who tries to do the right thing.
Cersei is the queen of the reign and daughter of the most powerful, rich family in the West. She has two siblings: a male twin with whom she has a tight relationship and a dwarf whom she hates because he killed their mother during labor. She also has a son with King Baratheon, whom they want to marry with Ned’s oldest daughter. She’s a clever, astute and selfish woman who puts her family before everything else.
A Brief History of Game of Thrones: the When, Where and How
Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It’s an adaptation of George R. R. Martin‘s novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. The show premiered on HBO in April 2011. Ever since, Game of Thrones has become the most successful series of the network, attracting record numbers and an internationally active fandom. The series has also won 26 Primetime Emmy Awards and numerous other awards and nominations, including three Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, a Peabody Award and three Golden Globe Award nominations.
Why It’s Awesome
The first thing you should know before starting the series is that Game of Thrones is a BIG, complex story. There’s many different on-going plot threads and storylines, some of them intertwining, others working independently. The series also incorporate a wide variety of genres, like Adventure (not so often seen on TV shows), Fantasy, Drama, Thriller or Romance, meaning that there’s something for everyone.
One of the main appeals of the series is just how realistic the story is. No, dragons don’t exist in our reality (sadly), but the fact that the show seems to be free from things like plot armor makes it all the more unpredictable and, therefore, exciting. The amount of depth there is to its universe is also very well done and is often helped by the high budget the series has, allowing for some spectacular scenery and a great cast.
We must not forget that Game of Thrones is an adaptation of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire. The first seasons (especially Season 1) are a pretty faithful adaptation, but the series starts going its own way from Season 4 once they caught up with the books. However, author George R. R. Martin is working with HBO to make sure everything stays as canon as possible. Despite of that, these changes are often a recurring matter of discussion in the fandom between those who prefer the books and those who are OK with the changes from the TV series. All in all, this is the type of series that constantly feeds the fandom with discussions (and controversy) and by encouraging fans to work on their theories and speculation.