July will see HBO's newest series airing in Australia. Sadly you'll need access to Foxtel if you want to catch a viewing of Game of Thrones, when it airs on Showcase in July. As the final episode plays in the US read why you should watch this show when it hits Australian shores.
The Iron Throne
Game of Thrones is based on the first novel in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series. While at first glance some may think the series are set in a Medieval England, but in truth it is a fictitious land of Westeros, where 7 Kingdoms are protected by a great wall of ice.
I will refrain from any spoilers, but for those interested in the ultimate spoilers read the books first. The books may spoil some of the shocks new fans received from the TV show, but reading and watching both is highly recommended. The television series comes from production powerhouse HBO, famous for shows like Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, and The Sopranos, among others. While the content of their shows may not always appeal to all viewers, there is no denying that their production values are excellent and thus Game of Thrones has a strong small screen start.
One great reason to watch Game of Thrones is to keep an eye out for its young and very talented cast that join the seasoned actors of Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage. Game of Thrones features mostly a cast of young, British unknowns. Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, and young Maisie Williams play, very powerfully, some of the Stark children while Kit Harington is their half brother. Emilia Clarke is the eerie white haired Daenerys Targaryen, from the house of the Dragon, and Lily Allen's brother Alfie Allen completes the young cast as Eddard Stark's ward. This show is either an exciting debut for some of the actors, or an opportunity to thrust them into the spotlight. They all appear to be ones to watch in the future.
In a land where summers are long, but the winters can be longer the exciting destinies of its characters unfold. Viserys Targaryen seeks to regain his families stolen throne while King Robert Baratheon calls Eddard Stark to help him keep his. Meanwhile it is the whisperings and stories of the feared 'white walkers' that cast a darker shadow over the impending winter. This game of thrones sees the many families of the seven kingdoms vying in some way for their own power in the land of Westeros.
Game of Thrones is an exciting series that will see you on the edge of your seat during many episodes, and in withdrawal between episodes. While the fantasy setting may lure some viewers, this show is probably not recommended for young children. Perhaps watch this one yourself before you let your kids watch it. The setting and costumes are fantastic, creating a truly believable mythical world.
Game of Thrones airs in Australia on Showcase on July 17th at 8:30PM. Hopefully it will see out the remainder of George R. R. Martin's Song of Fire and Ice books, and all the future ones to come.
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Have you watched Game of Thrones, or read any of the Song of Fire and Ice books? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
another brilliant show from hbo. tv that require you to think and is not dumbed down for the masses.
By Carol39 - reader Tuesday, 21st of June @ 09:50 am
Looking forward to it with zeal and maybe a little trepidation. The books are absolutely amazing, I'm sure the show will do them justice if GRRM had any part in it.
By Anonymous Sunday, 10th of July @ 09:40 am
You're always stepping into unknown territory when a much loved book is turned into a movie or television show, but I really believe that this show does GRRM's books justice. Hope you enjoy it when you see it anon!
My absolute favourite series, I'm so engrossed with the books. I was incredibly impressed with Season 1 and hoping that the standard is maintained in Season 2. I'm halfway through Dance with Dragons, it's fantastic!
Perhaps the greatest book series of all time, and that includes The Lord of the Rings. I believe the characters have been well portrayed, and am glad a series was chosen over a movie, as so much happens and the books are enormous. I look forward to A Clash of Kings, and am excited as to how some of the supernatural aspects will be handled.
By Chris Sutton - senior reviewer Wednesday, 3rd of August @ 04:12 am
Season 2 should be out around April 2012 (I think) in the US. Anyone let me know if I'm wrong.
GOT has to be one of the best series on TV right now. Loving it, loving it, loving it! While it has fantasy elements to it, it's basically a well written and acted piece of drama that sucks you in from the first moments (once you figure out who is who and how they're connected to each other, that is!). But perservere. It's well worth every second of lost sleep once you start watching it. You'll become hooked -guaranteed!
By steve - reader Wednesday, 25th of September @ 02:36 am