GAME OF THRONES (HBO) Advance Review

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GAME OF THRONES is HBO’s new original series based on A Song of Ice Fire series of books by George R. R. Martin. I have never read the series, but am very aware of it, not only because of Ciara‘s great review of the first book, but mostly because of Axe‘s obsession for the show, which he tends not to hide (you might have read his 5 Reasons Why You Bloody Well Better Not Miss GAME OF THRONES article).

And so, it is with that state of mind that I sat down to watch Game of Thrones.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but within a few minutes it felt like I was transported into another world that was absolutely fascinating. The series was created with such care, it has so many intricate elements that brings this world alive. It’s like peeking into a microcosm! This world has very specific rules. It has different Houses, with each their own political agendas.

Without even realizing it you suddenly start caring for all these characters you were just introduced to (if you’re curious, so far my favorite character is Daenyrs Targaryen, whom you can see in the photo above). Which leads me to mention the brilliant cast. I dare you to find one actor that is not giving anything less than a great performance. It’s like being in this series elevated everybody’s acting. And the best part: every single character has layers… even the kids!

In Game of Thrones you will find family dramas and alliances. There is war, there is betrayal, there is cruelty, murder, attempted murder, violence, sex, and so much more. But you know what, even if you put it all aside, let me give you the ultimate reason to tune in:

WOLVES!

I never thought in my life that this would be a reason to tune into a show, but you remember when I mentioned that every single character had layers, yeah I meant every SINGLE character, which in this case includes the wolves. They are a big part of the story and that should be reason enough for you to watch Game of Thrones.

Now don’t get me wrong, the wolves are not in every scene, and are certainly not the biggest part of the series, but they will definitely leave a distinct impression on you.

I should probably mention that all of this is only after I watched two episodes. Yep, it’s that good. (Note: I’ll probably be watching a few more episodes over the weekend so if you want to know some of my thoughts on them, you can always find me on Twitter).

And so I want to remind you that Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday at 9pm on HBO. You can read all our coverage for the series here. We will have weekly episode reviews courtesy of Ciara, who will probably have much more knowledge to share with you on the series.

Finally, I want to leave you with a few places to check out. I always have a hard time keeping track of characters, but with Game of Thrones, it’s an even harder feat because there are so many. And so if you are like me, I wanted to share with you a pretty neat Cheat Sheet that the LA Times created to keep track of the character and their Houses.

In addition if you are a huge fan of everything Game of Thrones, you might want to check out the great fan site Winter Is Coming where our dear old Axe is also a writer (he is known there as Fire and Blood).

I wish I could leave you with a clever farewell line from the series, alas it seems I’m not hip enough to know any. And so I shall just say Adieu!