Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sick Day Reviews: Game of Thrones

Sick days are not fun. And we've all had enough of them to know that, so I won't go into any further detail. The only upside to a sick day? Some time to catch up on the movies and TV shows we've been too busy to watch otherwise. Throughout the day, I'll be posting some mini-reviews of the things I'm catching up on.

After cringing through The Change-Up and falling in love (again) with The Help, it was time to finish catching up on Season 1 of HBO's Game of Thrones, a show I had neglected to watch when it premiered this past April. Thanks to the wonder of U-verse OnDemand, I finally took the opportunity to see what all the hype was about. My thoughts (and a sneak peek at Season 2) after the jump.

Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead!

Like with many shows—Battlestar Galactica and Friday Night Lights, for example—I completely regret not jumping on board with Game of Thrones from the get go. Having not read the books by George R. R. Martin, I wasn't as immediately drawn to it as the fans of the series, but should've bought into everyone's praises much sooner. I admittedly have a problem and am way more likely to get into a comedy or reality show before making the commitment to a drama. Luckily, unlike with BSG and FNL, I've caught on soon enough that I only had to catch up on one season... and what a remarkable season it was.

Throughout all ten episodes, I marveled at how intricately woven the story was—from the scandal of Robert's bastard children to the allegiances and betrayals that quickly emerged as the Lannisters took over the Baratheon throne. And while all the drama unfolded grandly in King's Landing and Winterfell, the dangers beyond The Wall and the emergence of Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen as the true dragon slowly bubbled to epic proportions by the season's finale. Not only that, but the show has proven that it will do anything and kill anyone and it is all the better for it. Yes, Ned Stark's untimely death was a shock and I am going to miss him greatly, but I love and respect that this show would kill off its own main character to drive the story onward.

And what is next for our characters? Is Daenerys ready to cross the sea with her dragons to take back the throne for the Targaryens? Will young King Joffrey continue to be merciless and violent? Is Rob Stark headed toward a fate like his father if he continues to war on King's Landing? And what madness really lies beyond The Wall? Prediction: a lot of shit is going to go down in Season 2.

Last week, HBO released a trailer for Season 2. And while it doesn't reveal much, it has me itching for the April premiere to arrive. Take a look:

Bring. It. On.

[Image Source: HBO]
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