Game of Thrones: A Show Worth Watching
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the American fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones. The show is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels. The first novel in the series, A Game of Thrones, is the title from which the television show takes its name.
Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17th, 2011, and the season six finale recently aired on June 26th, 2016. In its five-year running, the show has garnered an enormous fanbase and immense critical acclaim.
If you don’t watch Game of Thrones, you definitely should! I’m here to convince you that you should watch it for two major reasons.
Game of Thrones chronicles three central storylines. The first storyline takes place on the fictitious continent of Westeros, where several noble families violently battle for the claim to the Iron Throne, the position that rules the Seven Kingdoms of the continent. The second storyline takes place on the fictitious continent of Essos, where the true heir to the Iron Throne, Daenerys Targaryen, is attempting to reclaim the rule of the Seven Kingdoms. The third storyline takes place in the icy North of Westeros, where a giant magical wall that protects the continent is being threatened by dangerous forces.
Each of these storylines are grippingly intricate. They contain fascinating backgrounds, consequences, and events that will keep you watching with intrigue, especially when magic and politics come into the mix. As the show continues, these storylines interweave and interact with one another, making Game of Thrones one of the most complex yet rewarding shows currently on television.
The second major reason why Game of Thrones is worth watching is because of the characters. When writing the characters in A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin aims to make them real and human. Each character has good and bad parts to them, noble and selfish intentions mixed within their natures, and a sense of vulnerability that keeps fans on their toes. These traits translate over to the characters on Game of Thrones, and as a result, viewers become emotionally invested in many of the characters. Martin points to William Faulkner’s 1950 Nobel Prize speech as the model for his writing: only the human heart in conflict with itself is worth writing about. This paradigm also holds true in Game of Thrones, and if you watch the show, you’ll inevitably find yourself caring about the characters.
Hopefully this brief synopsis for Game of Thrones has piqued your interest in this amazing show. Watch a preview trailer for the first season on YouTube below. Don’t pass up an opportunity to watch Game of Thrones while you can!