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 RR 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 had a tentative plan for eight seasons, but with Book 3 (itself the length of the entire LotR trilogy) and Book 4 being split into two, ten is starting to look more likely. This is also partially a delaying action and 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.

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.

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

Alternative Title(s):

A Song Of Ice And Fire