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DECEMBER 22 - 26, 2013

GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 1 (2011)

 Given that watching all 10 episodes of GAME OF THRONES: Season 1 is the equivalent of watching 5 feature films, I thought I could cheat slightly and have this review fulfill my MOVIE A DAY obligations over the Christmas Holiday break. 


For those who have not yet watched HBO’s epic masterpiece, I cannot urge you enough to jump right in. High-caliber in EVERY aspect, the storyline is a massive tapestry that rivals even Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. 


The first season of GAME OF THRONES, based on the first book of THE SONGS OF ICE AND FIRE series by legendary author George R. R. Martin, primarily follows the plight of the Stark family who rule the kingdom of Winterfell. “Winter is coming” and this time it brings an army of the damned beyond the protective wall in the North. 


But enemies are not just contained beyond the wall, as there are usurpers at every turn. Lead by Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark (Sean Bean), the Stark’s are happy to live their lives protecting the realm ofWestros in the North, but when King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) calls upon Ned to be “Hand of the King” and join him in the distant Kingdom of King’s Landing it threatens to tear everything apart for the Starks including their family and their home itself.Making matters worse is that Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and her family are sworn enemies of the Starks and they will stop at nothing to see them taken out of the picture. 


The ambition of the story is considerable, but those who watch with care will be greatly rewarded by one of the truly greatest shows not just in recent years, but ever on TV. No expense has been spared for the meticulous Production Design and costuming. Dare I say that it even rivals the LORD OF THE RINGS films in regards to the quality and reality of the world. 


With a massive cast, standout performances are almost too many to mention, but hands down the most fascinating character in the series thus far is the conflicted Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). Brother of the Queen, he is a dwarf with no ambitions other than drinking and whoring, but as the game of thrones is set in motion, he realizes that the fate of all of Westros hangs in the balance and maybe he’s caught in the middle. 


Make no mistake though, GAME OF THRONES is a brutal and bloody series and there is no shortage of both male and female nudity and LOTS of sex. It is an adult show containing some of the most shocking things you might see in TV or film but this perceived exploitative approach does not diminish the exceptional quality of the series. It doesn’t get much better than this folks and I can tell you that the series only gets better and better. This is a MUST SEE TV SERIES that feels just like a 10-hour MUST SEE MOVIE.