Game of Thrones Reviews & Ratings

Sundays, 9:00 PM ET on HBO

60 minutes

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.
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May 9, 2016 12:16PM EDT
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All your friends who watch this want you to watch it. There is a reason, it is pretty good. Even when you have read the books i believe the adaptation is not lacking much. Sure Greyjoy could be developed more etc.. etc.. but anyone who reads always has the movie that plays in their own head and frankly there would be some dull or very long episodes if one had to adapt it all.

It is a touch hard getting into the show when you begin to realize everyone has like 6 different names but if you allow yourself to just be immersed it wont matter much because that characters name who you cant recall will be dead soon.

All your friends who watch this want you to watch it. There is a reason, it is pretty good. Even when you have read the books i believe the adaptation is not lacking much. Sure Greyjoy could be developed more etc.. etc.. but anyone who reads always has the movie that plays in their own head and frankly there would be some dull or very long episodes if one had to adapt it all.

It is a touch hard getting into the show when you begin to realize everyone has like 6 different names but if you allow yourself to just be immersed it wont matter much because that characters name who you cant recall will be dead soon.

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May 9, 2016 12:17PM EDT
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Besides having an awesomely, awesome theme song that gets you pumped for every episode, the intense amount of intrigue, political drama, love stories, and mysticism in Game of Thrones make for a very interesting and captivating television drama. Well-acted, well-scripted, and with a fantastic story, this fantasy series is unlike any other.

Besides having an awesomely, awesome theme song that gets you pumped for every episode, the intense amount of intrigue, political drama, love stories, and mysticism in Game of Thrones make for a very interesting and captivating television drama. Well-acted, well-scripted, and with a fantastic story, this fantasy series is unlike any other.

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May 9, 2016 12:15PM EDT
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A historical retelling of the benevolent and righteous reign of King Joffrey Baratheon before his brutal downfall in 1483.

A historical retelling of the benevolent and righteous reign of King Joffrey Baratheon before his brutal downfall in 1483.

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Apr 14, 2016 12:22PM EDT
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This review will be spoiler free, so read on without worry of ruining the plot.

Game of thrones is a great series that challenges the tropes of television, and fantasy as a whole, pushes the envelope on how big a show can get, an how heroes and villains are defined, outperforms most competitors on effects, writing, and production quality, and proves that when done right, an adaptation can be as good as what it aims to translate.

While many who read the books would argue that they are better than the show, and vice versa, for those who never have read them, I would instead say that neither one is the definitive version. Both have their merits. The books will give you better insight into a character's motivations, but the show gives you scenes with characters who have never had their own point of view chapters. The books use Sex and violence to show the world as a dark and ominous place, where someone would not want to live, while the show uses cinematography to create some of the most evocative imagery ever put on the small screen.

Game of thrones is almost peerless in it's scope, ambition, and shock value, and will go down as one of the greatest shows ever created. Is it without faults? No. There are some characters who lose much of what made them interesting on the page (though some become much more interesting); Some plots are dropped, or downplayed, in favor of other ones that are not nearly as intriguing; Some story beats are skipped, and replaced by newly created ones, which can be hit or miss; And some locations lack the wow factor you might get in your own imagination, while others dwarf their descriptions from the source material.

Overall, I say watch it. The show is unlike anything that has come before in television, and has something for almost anybody. There is a steep learning curve at the beginning due to the sheer number of characters, locations, and plots happening right from the opening credits, but at least stick through the end of the first episode, and you won't be sorry.

This review will be spoiler free, so read on without worry of ruining the plot.

Game of thrones is a great series that challenges the tropes of television, and fantasy as a whole, pushes the envelope on how big a show can get, an how heroes and villains are defined, outperforms most competitors on effects, writing, and production quality, and proves that when done right, an adaptation can be as good as what it aims to translate.

While many who read the books would argue that they are better than the show, and vice versa, for those who never have read them, I would instead say that neither one is the definitive version. Both have their merits. The books will give you better insight into a character's motivations, but the show gives you scenes with characters who have never had their own point of view chapters. The books use Sex and violence to show the world as a dark and ominous place, where someone would not want to live, while the show uses cinematography to create some of the most evocative imagery ever put on the small screen.

Game of thrones is almost peerless in it's scope, ambition, and shock value, and will go down as one of the greatest shows ever created. Is it without faults? No. There are some characters who lose much of what made them interesting on the page (though some become much more interesting); Some plots are dropped, or downplayed, in favor of other ones that are not nearly as intriguing; Some story beats are skipped, and replaced by newly created ones, which can be hit or miss; And some locations lack the wow factor you might get in your own imagination, while others dwarf their descriptions from the source material.

Overall, I say watch it. The show is unlike anything that has come before in television, and has something for almost anybody. There is a steep learning curve at the beginning due to the sheer number of characters, locations, and plots happening right from the opening credits, but at least stick through the end of the first episode, and you won't be sorry.

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May 9, 2016 12:17PM EDT
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This show is a great collection of action, drama, fantasy and diverse story-lines. There is a lot going on in this show and it is not recommending for people with ADHD. The story is well written, the actors are well cast and above average in execution. The fantasy aspect of this series if very well shown through magnificent sets, beautiful backdrops and a functioning wardrobe. The plot twists and turns when you least expect it... something devastating always happens. Every season gets better and better. If you like a show that has courage and that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the show for you.

This show is a great collection of action, drama, fantasy and diverse story-lines. There is a lot going on in this show and it is not recommending for people with ADHD. The story is well written, the actors are well cast and above average in execution. The fantasy aspect of this series if very well shown through magnificent sets, beautiful backdrops and a functioning wardrobe. The plot twists and turns when you least expect it... something devastating always happens. Every season gets better and better. If you like a show that has courage and that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the show for you.

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Dec 19, 2015 6:29PM EST
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There are not enough episodes in a season to keep us going, then it's a long wait, we want more. I love this show, it brings out the inner Warrior in me as usual when I watch and I long to fight once more but getting to old and the body says no more Wars for me.

There are not enough episodes in a season to keep us going, then it's a long wait, we want more. I love this show, it brings out the inner Warrior in me as usual when I watch and I long to fight once more but getting to old and the body says no more Wars for me.

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Feb 13, 2015 11:09AM EST
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Watched it more than once and read the books as well. Amazing adaptation of the book. Beautiful sets and actors. Amazing screenplay. Winter is coming soon... :)

Watched it more than once and read the books as well. Amazing adaptation of the book. Beautiful sets and actors. Amazing screenplay. Winter is coming soon... :)

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Jan 29, 2015 3:45PM EST
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Never read the books, but this show has a complication and amazingly drawn out plot. That is the main attraction to this show. There is a quite a bit amount of mature content both nudity, language and gore which to be honest is not my style of TV at all (prob why i took away half a star) its not that it bothers me, its just i feel often times it is necessary. But still the plot of the show and the characters are amazing. the twists in the show are compared to no other show that i have ever seen. Always the opposite of what i expect to happen is what ends up happening.

Never read the books, but this show has a complication and amazingly drawn out plot. That is the main attraction to this show. There is a quite a bit amount of mature content both nudity, language and gore which to be honest is not my style of TV at all (prob why i took away half a star) its not that it bothers me, its just i feel often times it is necessary. But still the plot of the show and the characters are amazing. the twists in the show are compared to no other show that i have ever seen. Always the opposite of what i expect to happen is what ends up happening.

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Apr 8, 2016 11:36PM EDT
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Game of Thrones is a fantastic Fantasy sensation! High drama, witty humor, and a myriad of creative characters make this show a delight to watch. It is the most pirated television show of all time and the biggest show of the past decade for very good reason! If you haven't started watching it already, take the plunge! There's no fantasy show as fun to watch as Game of Thrones!

Game of Thrones is a fantastic Fantasy sensation! High drama, witty humor, and a myriad of creative characters make this show a delight to watch. It is the most pirated television show of all time and the biggest show of the past decade for very good reason! If you haven't started watching it already, take the plunge! There's no fantasy show as fun to watch as Game of Thrones!

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Mar 1, 2016 6:42PM EST
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Game of thrones is a beautiful fantasy show that takes the viewer to beautiful locations and intriguing story lines. Female characters are quite strong and when they mention a villain, you do cheer when the villain is gone. However, the show is brave and doesn't mind killing off everyone, quite true to the books. the seasons go by quickly and the last season finale was good, but had too much going on and for the first time i felt it was rushed to get everything out there. however, as game of thrones fan know, no spoilers and also we wait not so patiently for April
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Game of thrones is a beautiful fantasy show that takes the viewer to beautiful locations and intriguing story lines. Female characters are quite strong and when they mention a villain, you do cheer when the villain is gone. However, the show is brave and doesn't mind killing off everyone, quite true to the books. the seasons go by quickly and the last season finale was good, but had too much going on and for the first time i felt it was rushed to get everything out there. however, as game of thrones fan know, no spoilers and also we wait not so patiently for April
. :)
CD