Game of Thrones
"When you play the game of thrones... You win, or you die."
—Queen Cersei Lannister
is an HBO
series based on George RR Martin
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 is overtaken by the show
or 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 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. Season four officially made it the most successful series in HBO's history, with an average gross audience of 18.4 million across all platforms.
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
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