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I’m getting heart palpitations just thinking about Season 4 of Game of Thrones coming out tomorrow. I have to confess when it first came out I thought it was only something that die hard fantasy fans would watch. You know the dungeon and dragons type that speaks Elven fluently and hosts medieval birthday parties.
And when I watched Season 1, I really thought there was way too much sex and violence (gosh I’m a prude) but maybe I just got used to it as I loved each subsequent season since then and super excited about Season 4.
So are you a fan? If not, here are my five reasons to watch Game of Thrones now!
The characters are complex
There are so many characters that it took me a while to work out who was who and how they were all connected (thank goodness for re-runs). But even with all the special effects and beautiful locations, it really are the characters – their dialogue, tortured lives and power struggles – which really makes this show a standout.
Who hasn’t falled in love with Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of the strong willed and witty Tyrion Lannister (who also happens to be a ‘little person’). But I think it is the female characters which really makes the series shine as whether they are queens, warriors, ladies, prostitutes they exude their own authority with their razor sharp lines. And refreshing to all the one dimensional characters on TV at the moment…
Made for TV
I haven’t read the book series (yet) but I can’t imagine the TV depiction being disappointing with all the special effects, dramatic fight scenes and dazzling sets and costumes. With spectacular scenery in locations such as Croatia, Morocco, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Iceland combined with the drama it’s hard to not admit this story wasn’t made for the screen.
There really is nothing on TV at the moment (in my opinion) which matches this series based on it’s sheer scale and huge budget.
It’s unpredictable and controversial
There are several story lines running parallel and an abundance of intricate plotting, back stabbing and twists so you never know how things will turn out. Several times there have been favourite characters who have been killed unexpectedly which does make you pissed off but it keeps you on the edge of your seat I suppose!
The stories are loosely based on actual history
I’ve picked up that some of the storylines (minus the sorcery and dragons) have been inspired on actual history. War of the Roses, The Hundred Year War, and the geography and politics of Westeros doesn’t sound too different to the United Kingdom with the ‘North’ and ‘South’ divide and there is even a wall (Hadrian’s) which separates England and Scotland.
So it’s not all fantasy as you get a loosely based history lesson. And the drama is a lot more credible than reality TV right?
But it still is Fantasy
White Walkers (Zombie like creatures), sorcery, and did I mention dragons?? Enough fantasy and CGI to intrigue the geek in all of us and provide the needed escapism from our real lives.
So who else is excited about Season 4?