[[caption-width-right:300:''[[ArcWords Winter Is Coming.]]'']]

->''"When you play the game of thrones, you win, or you die. There is no middle ground."''
-->--'''Queen Cersei Lannister'''

''Game of Thrones'' is an {{Creator/HBO}} series based on Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's [[{{Doorstopper}} epic]] fantasy series ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.

In the land of Westeros, the seasons last for years. The story opens with the threat of a ''long'' winter fast approaching. The Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, has unexpectedly died. King Robert ventures north to Winterfell to name his old friend, Eddard Stark, his new Hand and second in command. Despite the concerns of his wife, Catelyn, Eddard reluctantly accepts his new title out of duty. While there, he uncovers evidence that Jon Arryn was murdered--and that the hand behind Arryn's death may now be poised to strike the king. The plot thickens and twists from thereon.

The series was adapted for television by David Benioff and Dan Weiss. In describing the series to newcomers, Benioff jokingly called it "''Series/TheSopranos'' [[XmeetsY meets]] [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Middle-earth]]". The producers and Martin have a tentative plan for seven or eight seasons, with each season lining up with a book until Book 3 (itself the length of the entire ''[=LotR=]'' trilogy, and split into two seasons) and Books 4 and 5 (combined into one season). This is also partially a delaying action and fortunately, contingency plans for a GeckoEnding have been set in case Martin is overtaken [[OvertookTheManga by the show]] or [[AuthorExistenceFailure being alive]]. The showrunners also know the basic idea of what will happen, and Martin has said that if he dies before completing the final two books, the show will end the saga.

The show premiered on April 17, 2011.

HBO's official site, featuring behind-the-scenes teasers, can be found [[http://www.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/ here]], whilst the main fan nexus is [[http://winter-is-coming.net/ Winter Is Coming]].

Vote for your favorite episode [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/GameOfThrones here]].

!!This series provides examples of:


* GameOfThrones/TropesA
* GameOfThrones/TropesB
* GameOfThrones/TropesCToD
* GameOfThrones/TropesEToF
* GameOfThrones/TropesGToK
* GameOfThrones/TropesLToO
* GameOfThrones/TropesPToS
* GameOfThrones/TropesTToZ

->''"If you want justice, [[CrapsackWorld you've come to the wrong place.]]"''