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Series: Game of Thrones
"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die."

"Winter Is Coming."

Game of Thrones is an HBO series based on George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

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 "The Sopranos meets Middle-earth". The producers and Martin have a tentative plan for eight seasons, with Book 3 (itself the length of the entire LotR trilogy) being split into two. This is also partially a delaying action, as Book 6 is only partially written and Book 7 but a gleam in Martin's eye; fortunately, contingency plans for a Gecko Ending have been set in case Martin isn't able to write fast enough or prevent a case of Overtook the Manga.

The show premiered on April 17, 2011 and has received critical acclaim. The first season was nominated for 13 Emmy awards, winning two — Best Opening Title and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama (Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister) and the second season won six creative Emmy Awards.

HBO's official site, featuring behind-the-scenes teasers, can be found here, whilst the main fan nexus is Winter Is Coming.

Has an episode recap guide.

Vote for your favorite episode here.


This series provides examples of:


"If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention!"

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alternative title(s): Game Of Thrones; A Song Of Ice And Fire
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