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Game of Thrones I

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The action begins in the unified Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as the long summer ends and winter draws near. Lord Eddard Stark is asked by his old friend, King Robert Baratheon, to serve as the King’s Hand, following the death of the previous incumbent, Eddard’s mentor Jon Arryn.

Eddard is reluctant, but receives intelligence suggesting that Jon was murdered. He accepts the offer, planning to use his position and authority to investigate the alleged murder.

Meanwhile, on the eastern continent of Essos, the exiled children of House Targaryen, which Robert destroyed to claim the throne, are plotting to return to Westeros and unseat the ‘usurper’. To this end, Viserys Targaryen arranges the marriage of his sister Daenerys to Khal Drogo, the leader of 40,000 Dothraki warriors, in return for the use of those warriors to invade Westeros. For her part, Daenerys just wants to find a safe refuge far away from King Robert’s assassins and her brother’s scheming ambition.

On the northern-most border of the Seven Kingdoms the sworn brothers of the Night’s Watch guard the Wall, a 300-mile-long colossal fortification of ice that has stood for thousands of years. The Watch defends the Wall against the depredations of the lawless wildlings who live beyond, but rumour speaks of a new threat arising in the lands of perpetual winter.


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… pulls you in – and doesn’t let go…a great and thundering series…intrigue bristling with vivid characters, cross-hatched with tantalizing plotlines… wild and bewitching …rare alchemy…

– Los Angeles Times

Grade A – …terrific. Gloriously staged, magnificently acted, brilliantly directed… one of those rare programs where you trip over words in a race to praise it… best-written TV show of the year…

– New York Newsday

Epic Win! Bloody, Bold…visually stunning…immersive grownup adventure TV… Benioff and Weiss tame a narrative dragon…feels fully assembled out of the box…Watching Game of Thrones is like falling into a gorgeous, stained tapestry…epic, unflinching fantasy noir… .

– Time Magazine

The closing credits left me cursing the fact that there was still a week to go before the next installment.

– Daily Telegraph

Game of Thrones is a sexy and bloodthirsty epic fantasy.

– The Independent

It could easily have turned into a blur of faces and places but this is focused, precise and utterly compelling.

– The Guardian

It’s an X-rated Merlin with a mega-budget and a deviant personality… . Game of Thrones is a fantasy fix for all couch adrenalin junkies.

– Keith Watson, Metro

HBO is magnificently unpredictable. Game of Thrones is its latest multi-million dollar blockbuster – a medieval fantasy adapted from George R R Martin’s series of novels ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Described by one of it’s writers as The Sopranos of Middle Earth, there is plenty of enjoyment in the sheer imagination that has been lavished on creating this medieval never-never land.

– The Times

… worth every single line of effusive blog geekery and promotional buzz…yet another HBO triumph over genre limits…unfolds beautifully and shrewdly…a mastery of TV storytelling…the casting is so sharp, and the acting so vivid, each of the faces is indelible.

– The Boston Globe


Game of Thrones was one of the most celebrated dramas of the year.

The awards are too numerous to list but include…

13 Emmy Awards or Nominations including Outstanding Drama Series
2 Golden Globes including nomination for Best Television Series
2 Screen Actor Guild Nominations including Outstanding Performance by An Ensemble in a Drama Series
2 Critics Choice Nominations including Best Drama Series


Sean Bean
Eddard Stark
Mark Addy
Robert Baratheon
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Jaime Lannister
Michelle Fairley
Catelyn Stark
Lena Headey
Cersei Lannister
Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Iain Glen
Jorah Mormont
Emilia Clarke
Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Harry Lloyd
Viserys Targaryen
Kit Harington
Jon Snow
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams
Arya Stark
Richard Madden
Robb Stark
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
Isaac Hempstead-Wright
Bran Stark
Jack Gleeson
Joffrey Baratheon
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
Charles Dance
Tywin Lannister
Frances McGee
Jamie Sives
Jory Cassel
James Cosmo
Jeor Mormont
Susan Brown
Septa Mortane
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Conleth Hill
Lord Varys
Jerome Flynn
Donald Sumpter
Maester Lumin
Julian Glover
Gand Maester Pycelle
David Benioff
D.B. Weiss
Original Books
George R R Martin
Tim Van Patten, Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Alan Taylor
Exec Producer
Carolyn Strauss
Exec Producer
Frank Doelger


Gloriously staged, magnificently acted, brilliantly directed.