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Why is This on My TV: Game of Thrones

Updated on June 29, 2011

When the HBO series Game of Thrones started it's season a few months ago, I was pretty excited about seeing the series even though I was really unfamiliar with the writings of author George R.R. Martin, and was aware that there was a board game of the same name distributed by Fantasy Flight Games. Intrigue, deception, betrayal and more are part and parcel to this drama...oh did I forget to mention a hint of the supernatural sprinkled into the mix just for good measure?

When the first episode premiered on a Sunday evening and I finally watched it with my wife, let's say that I was somewhat embarrassed by the nudity. The scene of Sean Bean ( late of the Lord of the Rings movie fame ) as patriarch Eddard Stark of house Stark which rules the lands of Winterfell, shown delivering justice to a deserter by decatitaing him with his broadsword, would set the tone for this gritty series, was an act which would later prove prophetic for Stark in this fantasy series.

Aside from the nudity that seemed to my thinking to be unnecessary to move the plot of the series forward, we see the tale of House Stark vs. House Lannister take shape as the series unfolds. Eddard Stark is asked by his long time friend, Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros to become his adviser and given the title "Hand to the King." Eddard's wife Catelyn has misgivings about her husband assuming the role of hand to the King, but in the end the following morning Eddard Stark leaves Winterfell and takes up residence in Kings Landing.

Two standout in the first season were Hawaiian born model turned actor Jason Momoa, who portrayed Khal Drogo, a warrior king who played opposite Amelia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. A touching story was woven between their characters as Daenerys was given to Khal Drogo in exchange fore the promise of an army that would reconquer Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. While more of a slave to Drogo in the beginning, Daenerys came to love him. She would lose him, but would give up the life of their unborn child to try to save him.

I don't want to give too much away here, even though the first season is over. I will tell you that there were some very unexpected twists in this series, one in particular that I had to review several times to make sure I actually witnessed what was playing back on my television screen.

There is no question about Why This Show is on My TV, and if you missed any episodes, I believe that you can still catch them on the Games of Thrones website on HBO. And like me, if you've never read any of these books that make up this series, that's not going to matter one bit trust me...and make sure that you get to see the last two episodes of the season because they are just astonishing.


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