I have always found it difficult to be immersed into a fantasy television show. I have tried many of them but none seem to have amazed me in a way that keeps me coming back episode after episode. I do admit that it is a tough task. Creating a solid fantasy show needs to have top-of-the-line special effects that are able to effectively take the audience to that fictional atmosphere with complete suspension of belief. Also, fantasy shows require an outstanding ensemble cast that is able to perfectly portray each character, creating a long-lasting relationship with the viewers. Such a show has finally been created and it is called Game of Thrones. With exquisite writing and directing teams, a memorable musical score, and an extremely-talented ensemble cast, Game of Thrones is well on its way to being a television classic.
Game of Thrones is an HBO television show that is created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, based on the “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novels by author George R. R. Martin. The show features one of television’s largest ever ensemble casts which includes Jack Gleeson, Lena Headey, Michelle Fairley, Kit Harington, Alfie Allen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke, and Peter Dinklage. Game of Thrones’s basic premise is the epic struggle between seven noble families as they fight to control the fictional land of Westeros. It has now completed two seasons and its third season is scheduled to start on the 31st of March 2013.
The key reason why Game of Thrones is a magnificent television show is the crew in charge of it. The writing team, led by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, does a really great job of fully fleshing-out each of the show’s various main characters. They manage to give each of them enough quality and depth, enabling the viewers to be easily engrossed in their lives in the fictional world of Westeros. Greatly complementing the writing is the excellent group of directors that the show is blessed with. Together, the writing and directing teams help to produce carefully-crafted pieces of superlative episodes.
Enjoying the distinctive talents of such cinematographers as Alik Sakharov and Jonathan Freeman, Game of Thrones also has one of the most gorgeous cinematography ever seen in a television show. One instantly feels as if he is right there in the breathtaking world created by George R. R. Martin. I am a fan of gifted cinematographers, whether in film or television, and the team that Game of Thrones possesses is one that will ensure it continues to provide viewers with scene upon scene of stunning visuals. Simply put, this is one seriously-remarkable crew.
A special note should be given to the music featured in Game of Thrones. Composed by Ramin Djawadi, the television show’s soundtrack is majestic, elegant, and hypnotic. Djawadi does an excellent job selecting the right piece of music for each scene. The main theme of Game of Thrones especially demonstrates how talented Djawadi is. His work gives the show yet another element of excellence.
Another aspect of Game of Thrones that I find to be a major factor in its success is the incredible acting ensemble it enjoys. It is certainly one of the largest casts I have seen in any show but everyone involved does such an excellent job with bringing his or her character to life.
Playing the role of Joffrey Baratheon, Jack Gleeson is one of those actors who have caught my eye in Game of Thrones. Joffrey is one of the show’s many villains but he is the only one who viewers, such as me, have a continued love-hate relationship with. We see Joffrey taking part in truly awful tasks in his unrelenting quest for power yet Gleeson portrays his character in such a way that one cannot help but be impressed by Joffrey. Here is a young man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, destroying everything and everyone in his way. It is no exaggeration to state that Jack Gleeson’s Joffrey Baratheon is one of TV’s most memorable villains.
There is also Lena Headey who takes up the role of Cersei Lannister, Joffrey Baratheon’s overprotective mother. Headey gives Cersei a lot of grace and elegance whilst still being able to remain a master plotter. I really appreciate what Headey does in Game of Thrones. Her character, Cersei, knows how to strategically maneuver herself out of all the sticky situations she finds herself in. Though not quite the good person, Cersei Lannister is yet another character that grips my attention and does not let go.
Michelle Fairley plays the role of Catelyn Stark, the matriarch of the Stark family, one of the many families battling to control Westeros. I see Catelyn as the moral center of her family and the one that everyone looks up to. Fairley does an excellent job of giving her character the presence and influence needed to steer her family towards what she sees as the right path to capture the throne. Catelyn is one of the series’s characters that the viewer relishes cheering and supporting. Ultimately, it is Michelle Fairley’s effectiveness in bringing Catelyn Stark to life that impresses me the most about her work in Game of Thrones. She is quite the talented actress.
All of these actors are exceptional but none of them come close to the sheer amount of enjoyment one gets from watching Peter Dinklage as the lovable and confrontational Tyrion Lannister. Dinklage is absolutely fantastic in Game of Thrones and is one of the main reasons why this show is such a great one. Tyrion is a reckless, drunk, and flamboyant man who manages to get away with anything he wants. However, it is not Tyrion’s demenour that makes him such an absorbing figure in the show. It is Dinklage’s outstanding performance through which he puts his full effort to bringing Tyrion Lannister to life. One gets a clear sense that Dinklage is having a lot of fun with this role. I really enjoy such performances as the actors emit a sense of joy and excitement that electrifies the screen. Peter Dinklage is a terrific actor and I cannot wait to see how Tyrion Lannister develops as the series progresses.
After just three seasons, Game of Thrones has already done enough to cement itself amongst the greatest television shows ever made. The engaged writing, the assured direction, the superlative acting, and dazzling visual look all combine to make Game of Thrones such a special show. I have now watched the show twice and have enjoyed them more on my second viewing. That is a testament to the fact that this is a show that will only improve and become more resonate as it evolves with each passing season. I eagerly await the fourth season and am pretty confident that we are in for another amazing series of spellbinding episodes.
MATM Season 1 Rating: **** out of ****
MATM Season 2 Rating: **** out of ****
MATM Season 3 Rating: **** out of ****
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
- Lena Headey (as Cersei Lannister)
- Peter Dinklage (as Tyrion Lannister)
- Maisie Williams (as Arya Stark)
- Michelle Fairley (as Catelyn Stark)
- Emilia Clarke (as Daenerys Targaryen)
- Alfie Allen (as Theon Greyjoy)
- Iain Glen (as Ser Jorah Mormont)
- Kit Harington (as Jon Snow)
- Sophie Turner (as Sansa Stark)
- Jack Gleeson (as Joffrey Baratheon)
- Aidan Gillen (as Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish)
- Isaac Hempstead Wright (as Bran Stark)
- Richard Madden (as Robb Stark)
Adventure / Drama / Fantasy