‘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.
However, if there is one threat that the crown should be worried about, more than the mother of dragons, is what lies to the North of the wall. The wall, for those unaware, is a solid barrier that protects the northern part of Westeros from whatever lies beyond. This includes a ragtag group of nonconformists called the Wildlings, who are considered to be a threat. But more importantly, the White Walkers, zombie-like creatures that are harbingers of death, are on the rise. The Night’s Watch, the group tasked with manning the walls, keeps issuing warnings, but the families in Westeros are too concerned fighting with each other. Things come to a head when Daenerys enters the fray, and Jon Snow, who is assumed to be the bastard son of Ned Stark, takes command as the King of the North after a series of mishaps befall the entire family.
Jon, having served in the Watch, know the threat of the Walkers, and he tries to unite the kingdom against this grave danger. As a result, he puts aside petty quarrels, and allies with Daenerys, even accepting her as the rightful queen of Westeros. Cersei is none too pleased with this strong opposing coalition, but Jaime seems to agree with the opposition after a tense meeting between both parties result in the revelation of irrefutable proof of the threat that is coming. Irrespective of Cersei’s stance, the obtaining of proof is heavy on Jon and Daenerys, and the Night King claims one of her dragons as his own. Armed with this powerful beast, the Night King effortlessly breaches the Wall and enters Westeros.
This plot in no way captures all the politics, deaths, and character development that transpires in between, but as things stand, Cersei and a certain Euron Greyjoy are the only people who seem to be standing in opposition, eager to protect the crown, more than they are to fight the White Walkers. Season 8 sees most of the North standing united, as Jon and Daenerys prepare for the onslaught that is to come.
If there is an upcoming season, which is unlikely, it might seek to plot out how the new ruler unites Westeros and restores peace among all the houses.
Game of Thrones Season 9 Release Date: When does it premiere?
‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 premiered on April 14, 2019. Since HBO, George R.R. Martin, Benioff, and Weiss, and pretty much every major actor involved in the show have confirmed that this is the finale, there is no reason to hold out any hopes about seeing one more episode of ‘Game of Thrones’. This is it, winter is here, and fight for the throne is on.
However, fans should not be disappointed as there is a ‘Game of Thrones’ documentary that will air after the Season 8 finale that will chronicle the making of the explosive final season. Moreover, it has also been announced that a prequel series is in the works, that will be set ages before the events of Westeros, and will explore all the histories of the houses, and show the making of the White Walkers and the first long night. So, ‘Game of Thrones’ might be ending, but we are in no way done with the world of Westeros.
Game of Thrones Trailer:
While we wait for the release date of the prequel, check out the season 8 trailer to refresh your memories.
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