Game of Thrones Season 1
Game of Thrones: Season one review
HBO, one of the biggest TV stations, produces a series after a series, fighting for the viewer to the last drop of blood. The station is not afraid of war, so it’s making a great “Pacific”. It is not afraid of gangsters – and it’s coming up with great “Boardwalk Empire”. When the first news came out that HBO was about to adapt one of the best fantasy novels, the epic G. R. R. Martin’s book saga, the series of “Songs of Ice and Fire“, I was worried if the station wasn’t going one step too far. Although the previous productions were very successful, I didn’t believe that now the station would be able to cope with such a hard task
Game of Thrones, the first of five written books, is not a fairy tale for children. You will not experience so much sex, blood and intrigue in the genre of fantasy in any other novels. Because as somebody rightly mentioned, it is as if “Soprano Family” was set in the Middle-earth. The series was advertised as another “Lord of the Rings” because it was to attract as many viewers as possible. The only thing that binds those two sagas together is an imaginary world and some magical elements. Here they are as follows: The Great Wall separating the cold and wild north from the south, the mysterious Others, wolf-like huge wolves and what is the quintessence of the genre – dragons. Reading this excellent, still unfinished series, every reader dreamed of seeing it on screen.
What I liked the most about this series was the fact that the creators don’t go easy on the viewer. A large dose of eroticism, unpretentious violence and sexual crimes, and somewhere on the side of the road there are streams of corn syrup. All this is accompanied by a solid tavern fantasy. Despite the exorbitant level of all the episodes, there is something that immediately attracts the viewer to one after another. This is simply put a great universe which the creators approached with great panache and, above all, with unprecedented knowledge.
Enough with these subjective feelings. Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. R. Martin’s novel “The Song of Ice and Fire.” After the mysterious death of King Baratheon, several families compete for power over the land of Westeros. Edd Stark, Lord of the North, suspects a conspiracy. The Lannisters, who also have their own reasons to rule over Westeros, are the one suspected.
At the same time, the Targaryens, the last representatives of the ruling family, are going to arrive in the capital. However, they must cross the sea. At a time when there is a struggle for power in the kingdom, ancient evil is awakened to life in the far north. The safety of the kingdom is supervised by the so-called Night’s Watch, which has been reinforced by another army of outcasts who swear to protect the great wall that separates the kingdom from the dark, unexplored lands.
Seven royal families, one goal – power. Who is it going to kill or get killed this time? Who will sacrifice everything to comfortably sit on the throne, and who will take matters into their own hands in the face of honour? With each episode such dilemmas and plotting conspiracies become obvious. It is getting more interesting since all this is subject to strictly defined functions in the kingdom. A skilfully sketched hierarchy only adds an appropriate dose of drama to the whole universe. One small mistake can lead to a chain reaction with unpredictable consequences and results.
Meanwhile, in the far North creeps the ancient evil, which until now was the known from legends and other spoken stories. Covered by the overwhelming cold and ice, the lands hide a dark mystery. Inhabited by unspecified “wildlings”, separated by a monumental wall, it steps forward when each of the families in the capital city wants to get their desired piece of cake.
Game of Thrones is a real goldmine of young talents because of its breadth and range. The lion’s share of actors are recent graduates of British theatre or acting schools. Of course, there are also known faces, but it is hard to resist the impression that for many of them this series is a solid debut in the world of acting, and I can feel in the bones that with each coming season they are going to get more and more famous. Dialogues full of enigmatic statements and a kind of eloquence in expressing dialogical issues are quite a challenge to any actor. Those young actors have risen to the challenge, and only the fans of the book’s original can complain.
Technically, the flagship HBO series leaves no room for illusions. The dark world of ruthless fantasy has been successfully shown on film. Many shots look like a medieval painting. This makes it impossible not to feel this wonderful atmosphere. It is due to the special effects’ experts. However, something feels that the potential of all this will only be felt in the next seasons.
The echo of this series will be heard in the minds of the fans of George R. R. Martin’s novel for a long time to come. On the TV series field Game of Thrones appears like the Holy Grail with its perfectly presented universe. It can be literally felt that every episode is created with a huge love for fantasy books, and the best thing is that everything goes to feel on the screen of your receivers. Although there are many young faces in the series, Game of Thrones is in fact a mature project showing this dark side of power. It also uses quite a dose of eroticism to burn out a solid blush on many people’s cheeks. A perfectly outlined world, with evil, power, conspiracy, crime and punishment at its epicentre. I simply cannot wait for the next season to begin.
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BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITIONS
Blu-ray and DVD editions are prepared with a similar speed as the series itself. During the premiere period, limited editions will be available on the market in special packaging. Such edition will be accompanied by guidebooks with genoa trees of the great Westeros families.
The discs will feature 10 episodes of the first season of the series as well as following special extras:
- Complete guide to Westeros – An interactive guide to noble estates and lands from the first season.
- Behind the scenes Game of Thrones – Exclusive 30-minute film material containing completely new additions to the film set and interviews with the cast and the creators of the series.
- Creating opening – A behind-the-scenes look at the opening sequence of the series, for which the filmmakers received the Emmy® award.
- From the book to the screen – Executive producers David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and author George R.R. Martin discuss the challenges they faced in bringing Martin’s epic fantasy novel to the screen.
- Profiles of heroes – Profiles of 15 most important heroes presented by actors.
- Night Watch – A close look at the brave men patrolling and protecting the over 200-metre-long Ice Wall.
- Creating the language of the Dothraki tribe – An insightful look at the process of creating the Dothraki language created for the needs of the Dothraki tribe of Game of Thrones.
- Comments – Seven comments with cast and creators of the series, including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and many others.
Additionally, only on the Blu-ray edition following will be available:
- Complete guide to Westeros – An interactive guide to the noble estates and lands of the first season. In addition, 24 unique stories about the Seven Kingdoms told by the characters themselves.
- Anatomy of episode – An insightful look at the sixth episode, which reveals the great effort and extraordinary creativity of the artists in the creation of the episode 6 “The Golden Crown”.
- Episode guide – A complete and rich source of knowledge about characters, locations and stories – material available during the viewing of individual episodes.
- Hidden dragon eggs
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
based on a novel by George R. R. Martin
Music: Ramin Djawadi
Pictures: David Franco, Jonathan Freeman, Martin Kenzie, Sam McCurdy, Robert McLachlan, Kramer Morgenthau, Marco Pontecorvo, Alik Sakharov, Chris Seager
Below an overview of the main cast members of the first Game of Thrones season:
- Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
- Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark
- John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
- Ron Donachie as Ser Rodrik Cassel
- Ian McElhinney as Barristan Selmy
- Sean Bean as Eddard Stark
- Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
- Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister
- Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister
- Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
- Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont
- Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane (Ogar)
- Kit Harington as Jon Snow
- Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
- Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
- Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
- Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
- Gwendoline Christie as Brienne z Tarthu
- Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon
- Carice van Houten as Melisandre
- Nonso Anozie as Xaro Xhoan Daxos
- Michelle Fairley as Lady Catelyn Stark
- Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon
- Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon
- Natalia Tena as Osha
- Conleth Hill as Lord Varys
- Kristian Nairn as Hodor
- Gethin Anthony as Renly Baratheon
- Jerome Flynn as Bronn
- Aimee Richardson as Myrcella Baratheon
- Callum Wharry as Tommen Baratheon
- James Cosmo as Jeor Mormont
- Eugene Simon as Lancel Lannister
- Julian Glover as Wielki Maester Pycelle
- Amrita Acharia as Irri
- Esmé Bianco as Ros
- Elyes Gabel as Rakharo
- Francis Magee as Yoren
- Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H’ghar
- Joseph Dempsie as Gendry
- Sibel Kekilli as Shae
- Art Parkinson as Rickon Stark
- Finn Jones as Loras Tyrell
- Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth
- Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed
- Rose Leslie as Ygritte
- Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell
- Steven Cole as Kovarro
- Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne
- Ciarán Hinds as Mance Rayder
- Ian Gelder as Kevan Lannister
- Robert Pugh as Craster
- Michael McElhatton as Lord Roose Bolton
- Sarita Piotrowski as Jhiqui
- Patrick Malahide as Lord Balon Greyjoy
- John Stahl as Lord Rickard Karstark
- Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy
- Conan Stevens as Gregor Clegane
- Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon
- Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Redwyne
- Ed Skrein / Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis
- Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Snow
- Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed
How many episodes in game of thrones season 1?
- Winter Is Coming, directed by Tim Van Patten
- The King Road, directed by Tim Van Patten
- Lord Snow, directed by Brian Kirk
- Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things, directed by Brian Kirk
- The Wolf and the Lion, directed by Brian Kirk
- A Golden Crown, directed by Daniel Minahan
- You Win or You Die, directed by Daniel Minahan
- The Pointy End, directed by Daniel Minahan
- Baelor, directed by Alan Taylor
- Fire and Blood, directed by Alan Taylor