The New Game of Thrones Trailer Is a Lot More Exciting to Those Who've Read the Book

By Tim Surette

Jan 18, 2011

Any time new Game of Thrones information hits the web, I send out a volley of links to all my pals, prefaced with "OMG," "Holy s***!," or the ever-versatile "Ahhhhhhhhh!" But this time, after seeing HBO's latest tease for the upcoming fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's books and blasting out the link, I received a surprising reply from an equally geek-minded friend: "Not really into it."

"Not really into it?" What!? Then it hit me. There's one major difference between the two of us: I am a huge fan of the book, and he hasn't ever opened the cover. It must be incredibly difficult for those who haven't read it to understand the anticipation felt by those of us who have, and a video featuring unfamiliar characters sitting on a pointy chair probably doesn't help things. As for me, I nearly passed out from jubilation after watching the minute-long video.

LOOK AT THE IRON THRONE! It's even better-looking than I imagined! Of course, those who haven't read the books don't know the difference between the throne in this trailer and the one in their bathroom. Nor can they appreciate hearing Tyrion Lannister boast of his wits over his swordplay, Littlefinger praising someone for not trusting him, or King Robert Baratheon preferring to instill fear instead of inspiring honor as a means of ruling the land.

This trailer may not display the impressive scale of the show that will draw in newbies to the world of Westeros (early reports of The Wall are glowing), but it aptly gets straight to the heart of the book: the promise of power and the way it corrupts character. Game of Thrones (the book) isn't driven by sorcerers' spells, giant castles, and whatever else comes from the imagination of a guy who was thrown into lockers in high school (though I'm not sure Martin could have ever fit in a locker); it's an engaging, character-driven story that could just as easily take place in modern times. It has the potential to bring fantasy even further into the collective mainstream, and that's why you'll see more and more fans of the show coming out of the woodwork over the next few months.

Are you going to read the book before HBO starts airing the series in April?

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  • tryptz Jan 30, 2011

    Em, am afraid am going with the 'am not really into it' crowd

  • ptcAzrail Jan 24, 2011

    read it, nowz!!!

    at least the first one...

  • Clemontine Jan 23, 2011

    Part of me wants to read the book before the series starts, and part of me doesnt.

  • Clemontine Jan 23, 2011

    I havent read it, but I thought the most recent teaser was the best one yet!

  • faveseries Jan 20, 2011

    I have read the books and it would seem HBO will deliver what I have imagined the book to be. This will be one awesome tv series! Can't wait to watch it!

  • CherishPassion Jan 19, 2011

    I haven't read the book, but I am so terribly excited for the show. And every trailer makes it look even more awesome!

  • TimSpot Jan 19, 2011

    @ writerpatrick: re-read your comment. Might have gotten that wrong. But I think it will bring in more fans who haven't read the book than LotS. It's really an amazing story...

  • TimSpot Jan 19, 2011

    @respectfully disagreeing with you, writerpatrick. Only because HBO has so much street cred. about a month or two from now, Game of Thrones (the book) will be in the hands of all sorts of people. I honestly think it's about to explode into the mainstream. But I do agree with you on fans of the series being disappointed, that's just the nature of the beast. Plus, I think 10 hours isn't nearly enough time to translate it to the screen.

  • Writerpatrick Jan 19, 2011

    I have a feeling it's going to meet with the same sort of reception that Legend of the Seeker got. There's going to be a lot of fans of the books who are disappointed at how the TV series turned out. Although there's the danger of going the other way as well and the producers expecting that those who watch the show will have read the books, thus making it too complicated to follow for those who haven't read the books.

  • waltmor Jan 19, 2011

    Yeesh that ad was a little too Big Love-ish but yeah the Iron Throne looks great. And painful.

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