‘Game of Thrones’, A Quick Look Back At Season 1

by on June 19, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Well how do you like them apples!?  The season finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones first season has come and gone.  With that finale were mixed feelings from fans, but for the most part, I hope they were good feelings.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is produced by Grok! Studio, and is written by David Benioff (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), D.B. Weiss and George R.R. Martin.  What fans are just discovering about Game of Thrones is that the author of the book series this show is based on, George R.R. Martin, is that Martin likes to kill off characters we end up liking.

Martin’s writing is such that he makes characters rather compelling, either way.  We’re compelled to hate them or love them.  But so far it would seem we’re enthralled with the series.

The following will have spoilers if you’re waiting for things to come to DVD/Blu-ray or on DVR.

Now I’ve never read the books, but obviously like you, fans find themselves shocked at times and now, we can no longer take any character for granted.  Thus, making them more valuable to the viewer.  Now, every episode has viewers on eggshells, wondering.

Sean Bean in 'Game of Thrones'

When Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) found himself beheaded, it traumatized fans to the point of making ill-conceived threats to HBO like never, ever watching their network again.  But that wasn’t an HBO call, that’s what George R.R. Martin does to readers.

Lena Headey in 'Game of Thrones'

Lena Headey brings on a great bit of angst and hate from fans in her protrayal of Cersei Lannister!

Jack Gleeson in 'Game of Thrones'

But I don’t think Cersei was expecting the monster that was unleashed when she plotted for Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) to take the throne.  Dang!  What a seething little…  creep.


Emilia Clarke in 'Game of Thrones' on HBO

What I did truly love was the development of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) from a tool of her brother, Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd), in being given to Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) as a wife so that he could get his army.  Drogo definitely gave him what he deserved, that’s for sure.  But to watch Daenerys develop from the crying victim in Drogo’s love-nest, to the woman taking the power she recognizes that she can wield was wonderful.  But when Drogo died (I’m betting Jason Momoa fans were seriously bummed), and she stepped into the flames of his funeral pyre, I loved what came out!

Peter Dinklage in 'Game of Thrones'

Raise your hand if you like how the “half man” or “imp” or whatever he’s been called, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), has developed.  He’s suddenly found himself in a position to use that keen edged tool of his, his pragmatic mind.

I could go on and on about the wonderful characters, but you get the point.  No one is safe.  So when season 2 of Game of Thrones returns in 2012, enjoy the ride and take no one for granted.  Which,  by the way, I love how you have to approach the franchise that way.  It gives it a realistic feel of being in the situation, in the story with our beloved characters as we live with fret and concern for their well-being.

It’s a nice change of pace for a TV series.

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