‘Game of Thrones’ is an American fantasy drama television series that airs on HBO. It premiered for the first time on April 17, 2011. The series has been adapted from the novels by George R.R. Martin, titled ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are creators of the show.
The show, in its span of eight seasons, has followed three arcs, one within the kingdoms of Westeros where the various Houses and families fight for power amongst themselves, to establish a political and military stronghold, in order to be better suited for the Iron Throne. The second arc follows the rise of Daenerys Targaryen, the presumed sole surviving descendant of the old dynasty which was deposed. We see her on her journey to claim the throne which is rightfully hers. The last arc deals with the Night’s Watch, essentially the group that man the boundaries of Westeros and tries to keep the White Walkers, who are zombie-like creatures, out of the land of the living. Over the seasons, we have seen the three arcs culminate and now we are at the stage where winter is almost here, and the White Walker army has breached Westeros. The story goes beyond loyalties to houses and infighting now. Now, it is a battle between the living and the dead.
Since it began to air, ‘Game of Thrones’ has transcended being merely a television show and has gone on to become a pop cultural phenomenon. In terms of twists, turns, violence, war, sex, politics, lovable and abhorred characters, dragons, wolves, this show has got it all. It is not without reason that it has won 47 Primetime Emmy Awards, and as we head towards the inevitable battle, not just for the Iron Throne, but for the very survival of the living, we cannot help but be grateful to Martin for creating a universe so intricate, and so morally grey, and to Weiss and Benioff for adapting it expertly for television, giving us one of the greatest fantasy shows of our time, nay probably of all time.
Game of Thrones Cast: Who is in it?
‘Game of Thrones’ has seen a change in the cast over the seasons, since this is a world where it does not matter if you are one of the main characters or not. Anybody can die. We have seen Sean Bean’s Ned Stark, Richard Madden’s Robert Stark, and Charles Dance’s Tywin Lannister all die, despite them showing all the attributes of being the kind of characters who would be present till the end of the show. Kit Harington’s Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke‘s Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark, Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister, Nikolaj Coster Waldau’s Jaime Lannister, and Peter Dinklage‘s Tyrion Lannister, are some of the main characters of the show.
Game of Thrones Plot: What is it about?
‘Game of Thrones’ has such an elaborate plot, that there is no way to effectively summarize it here. However, that will not stop this writer from trying. So the story starts in Westeros as King Robert Baratheon goes North to, his old friend and ally in their revolution against the Targaryens, Ned Stark. Ned is to become his right-hand man, vis a vis, Hand of the King. In his time in King’s Landing, Ned discovers that the place is politically charged and everyone has their agendas. The most menacing of these are Cersei, Varys, Petyr Baelish, and Grand Maester Pycelle. Ned also discovers that none of Robert’s children are his own, and are in fact born out of an incestuous relationship between King Cersei, and her brother Jaime Lannister. The Lannisters are one of the most powerful families and have their eye on the throne. Ned is silenced after being betrayed and beheaded, but only after the Lannisters plot and kill Robert, and put Joffrey, his supposed eldest son on the throne. Things descend into chaos from thereon, as Joffrey is a terrible ruler, and Robert’s brothers Stannis and Renly both lay claim to the throne. The Starks are out for blood too, as their eldest son, Robb wages a bloody war against the Lannisters. New alliances are formed, and some major houses like the Martells, Tyrells, and Bolton families are introduced, who each have roles to play in the political power play that goes on in the Seven Kingdoms.
All this while, Daenerys manages to escape the clutches of her vicious, abusive brother, make the best of her marriage to a Dothraki, a tribe of savage plunderers’, leader. She also manages to hatch three tiny dragons of her own. Using her wit, resources, and sheer courage and willpower, along with some help from her trusted aides, Daenerys manages to amass a huge army and prove her mettle as a potential contender for the Iron Throne. Soon enough she sets sail for Westeros, but not before the events at Westeros, that is Joffrey’s murder, forces Tyrion and Varys to change sides and join her. Equipped not only with an army but two of the finest strategists, not to mention three fully grown dragons, Daenerys seems unstoppable.