“Something unearthly was lurking beyond the wall.” This is how the HBO’s TV series Game of Thrones captured my undeterred loyalty. At first I was a bit skeptical. I’m not a big fan of epics but it doesn’t mean that I’m not curious. I don’t even intend to read the book series. But somehow the pilot episode just had me itching for more.
The story unveils the seven kingdoms of Westeros, each one scheming to win back the throne. Set in the medieval times, you are somehow transported to a new world. The mythical geography is breathtakingly beautiful. You’ll get to meet kings, queens, barbarians, witches etc. and if you are patient, even dragons. You’ll also come face to face with corruption, rapacity, love, hate… you name it, you got it.
Game of Thrones further develops to show us different types of relationships. Some are confusing, complicated and some are even illegitimate. Although certain subjects in our society are still taboo, several scenes will convince us that these things happen everyday in our life. In short, the series will impel us to question ourselves on attribute. It reveals us the secret of the lowest degree of loathsomeness and befriend us to the evil side of human nature.
It’s also bold and beautiful. Some very unforgettable characters emerge to show us that you have to fight for what you believe in, yet you have to give in to do the right thing. Two of my favourite characters apart from Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), are Tyrion Lannister and Arya Stark, played by Peter Dinklage and Maisie Williams respectively. Tyrion is a dwarf, born to one of the dominant families. He is a bit of an outcast who has a soft spot in his heart for Jon Snow (Kit Harington), the son born out of wedlock to the Lord of Winterfell whose mother remains unknown throughout Season 1. Difficult as it may be, Tyrion somehow gets out of trouble with the richness of his knowledge. Arya on the other hand is a very young girl who is rebellious in nature. The daughter of the Lord of Winterfell (Sean Bean), who hates being lady like and takes pleasure in swordplay.
I’m just being selfish by mentioning only my favourites. In truth all the characters possess a significant charm, be it negative or positive. The script is spellbinding as well. And you’ll come across many unforgettable dialogues, like the one took place between Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow.
“Tyrion Lannister: Let me tell you something, Bastard. Never forget what you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon Snow: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion Lannister: All dwarfs are bastards in their father’s eye.”
Well, at this point I must say that Game of Thrones is absolutely stunning. The cast is undoubtedly fit to their respective roles and they show brilliant acting. I’m very much looking forward for Season 2 to be as perfect as the first one. And don’t be taken aback by more skin than you can handle, it’s all there – after all it’s Game of Thrones where you either win or you die.