Game of Thrones

Season 1 Episode 1

Winter Is Coming

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 17, 2011 on HBO

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  • Superb Start

    A brilliant start to one of the most significant story telling opportunities of all time. The realization of the story is very honest, achieving the rare feat of putting characters and places on screen which immediately live up to the high expectations I had from the Song of Ice and Fire books. A big budget approach is evident, as is a willingness to be guided by the actual story, even though that requires some time spent on exposition before the many action sequences, and risks audience confusion from the many characters and multiple POVs. I've already heard some people dismissing this series on the basis they "don't like fantasy and magic", which is both sad and inaccurate. Game of Thrones is more of a fictional "War of the Roses" than it is a Lord of the Rings. It has some magic and fantasy elements, but these are mostly subtle and never over-power the strong story about the struggle for power and its effect on individuals.
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