Series / Game of Thrones
"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 HBO series based on George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, which Martin began publishing in 1996.

In the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, seasons last for years, and meteorological cyclesof this mythical land are not as predictable as the well behaved seasons on our earth. This notions is central to the core plot of the story, which opens with the threat of a long winter fast approaching. The Good Chancellor Jon Arryn has unexpectedly died. King Robert Baratheon 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. Once installed as the Hand, Ned begins to uncover evidence that Jon Arryn was murdered—and that the forces behind his death may now be poised to strike at the King. The investigation ultimately becomes the catalyst for a bloody feud for the control of Westeros. But, of course, this is an Epic Fantasy, and more is afoot: it's Grim Up North, and a fantastical ancient threat is stirring, preparing to make its bid for world domination, with Ned Stark's Heroic Bastard, Jon Snow, caught in the thick of it. And on the eastern continent are the Targaryens. Three hundred years ago, Aegon Targaryen, called "the Conqueror," became the first person to rule over the entirety of the Seven Kingdoms, not just through genius or charisma but because Targaryens are Dragon Riders; his descendants ruled Westeros until deposed by King Robert 15 years ago. The last of his line, Daenerys, has come into her power on Essos and has her sights set on her father's Iron Throne. These three plotlines spiral around each other and begin to intermingle as the show progresses, until everyone is caught in the game of thrones.

The series was adapted for television by screenwriters David Benioff and Daniel Brett Weiss, who jokingly described it as "The Sopranos meets Middle-earth". The producers and Martin made a tentative plan for seven to eight seasons, with each season's arc meant to line up with its corresponding book. However, this ultimately only worked for the first two seasons, as A Storm of Swords (which in pagecount equals the entire Lord Of The Rings trilogy) was eventually split into two seasons, with A Feast for Crows bleeding into both Seasons 4 and 5. Martin himself wrote an episode in each of the show's first four seasons.

As of the sixth season, the show has overtaken the books, as Martin has yet to publish the sixth novel, The Winds Of Winter. Benioff & Weiss have been informed by Martin of the basic plot of how the saga will end, and Martin has said that if he dies before completing his intended final two books (Winter and A Dream Of Spring) he will let the TV show's ending stand as the conclusion of the saga.

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

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"If you want justice, you've come to the wrong place."

Alternative Title(s): A Song Of Ice And Fire