Game of Thrones: The Game Returns
By Lexi Zahrn – Staff Writer
On April 1, 2012 the world of television welcomed back a fantasy masterpiece. HBO’s series “Game of Thrones,” from producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, and adapted from George R. R. Martin’s acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire swept the nation under fire last Spring. With ten heart-wrenching, hour-long installments “Game of Thrones’” first season established a cult following of the same sort of fanatics that loved the film adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Like the other literature to film adaptations “Game of Thrones” already had a fan base before the first season premiere. George R. R. Martin’s series currently spans five novels, and he is not finished yet. Readers are ecstatic to see his world come to life on screen.
HBO’s plan seems to be to turn each A Song of Ice and Fire novel into a television season. This worked extremely well with first season which captured Martin’s first novel in the series A Game of Thrones to a ‘t.’ The second season is supposed to encompass Martin’s second novel in the series A Clash of Kings.
The second season promises a repertoire of strong female characters to accompany the abundance of ‘tough as nails’ men. When asked in an interview how George R. R. Martin was able to write female characters so well, he replied, “Well, I always saw women as people too.” The man spares no details when writing for the conniving Queen Circe Lannister played by Lena Heady, or fan-favorite Daenerys Targaryen played by young British actress Emilia Clarke. The first season left both of these women in positions of immense power, and it will be interesting to see what they do with it. Viewers will find that there are no damsels in distress in Westeros— Martin’s fantasy world where the series takes place.
Other fans are looking forward to seeing more of Tyrion Lannister played by Peter Dinklage who won both and Emmy and a Golden Globe for his Best Supporting Actor role. Tyrion is the vertically challenged brother of Queen Circe. His quick mind and sharp tongue make him an easy favorite within the show’s fandom. Senior Tyler Knoblett says, “I expect that there will be a lot of character development for Tyrion.” He has read the books religiously and therefore has an advantage over the plot lines of the HBO series, but he is still an avid watcher.
Senior Will Katsinas enjoys that HBO, “puts a whole new spin on incest.” There is definitely a profusion of ‘interesting’ issues that take place in Westeros, but these topics of mild discomfort do not dissuade viewers from tuning in every Sunday night to watch the show. Bonds are formed between the five prominent families of Westeros and the fanbase. Like Harry Potter’s Gryfindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, “Game of Thrones” has House Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Greyjoy, Tully, and Tyrell. These houses battle for the throne with words, and in this season: swords and daggers. Knoblett theorizes that, “the forces will come to a climax. A conflict will have to be resolved, and basically there will be a [gigantic] battle.”
The series is truly fantastic, it provides engaging characters and a perfect distraction until the pain of the ending of the Potter franchise goes away, or the new Hobbit movie comes out. It might even spark a new obsession. Tune into HBO on Sunday nights at nine o’clock to see an epic battle for the crown in “Game of Thrones.”