GAME OF THRONES "Winter Is Coming" Season 1 Episode 1 – Winter has arrived! Whether you’re a hardcore GoT fanatic or a newcomer to the world of Westeros, HBO has done a damn fine job of making the television adaptation of George RR Martin’s fantasy series, A Game of Thrones, totally unavoidable. Expectations for the epic tale for the clashes between the House of Stark and Lannister and Targaryen were humongous. Were they met?
Abso-freaking-lutely. And kinda.
What struck me within the first seven or so minutes was that this is quite possibly the first time I’ve ever tuned in to a television series and found myself thinking I was watching a film. Game of Throneshas always been more high medieval with magic than high fantasy with swords. The sets are gorgeous and the writing (by creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss), when not burdened by the obligatory but nonetheless heavy handed exposition, skilfully adapts Martin’s dialogue and peppers it with lovely original moments (how about the Stark lads getting their hair cut? On behalf of all girls and gays I’d like to give a warm "hubba hubba" to the genius behind that ab-alicious scene.) Read More...