June 19, 2011


After the somewhat disappointing Boardwalk Empire, I was initially hesitant to give HBO's next epic, Game of Thrones, a shot. I caught the pilot, thought it was OK, and kind of forgot about it. Last weekend, I caught up just in time for the Season 1 finale, and boy I wish I had stuck with it sooner.

The start of the series didn't wow because it felt like another slow-burning period piece, and Boardwalk kind of wasted all of my good will towards that kind of show, so I watched "Winter is Coming" more out of curiosity than anything. I do admit that I was initially intrigued by the first outing, but nothing stood out to me besides to beautiful landscapes and boobies. During my marathon, I quickly realized that the show was more than just that.

Most of the characters were interesting, the focus on medieval politics was gripping, it was amazing to look at, and the story had twist and turns without being convoluted and murky. I did have some issues with the pacing, like Dany's evolution from sex slave to warrior queen, but having to compress so many books into a small space dictated the move, so I went with it. I'm glad I did because I was sucked in by it all, and GoT became a serious contender to be one of my favorite new shows. It was just good TV, and I cannot wait for Season 2.


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