Game of Thrones is an American fantasy television series produced by HBO, adapted after the series of fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire written by George R.R. Martin. The series title was taken after the first novel of the saga, entitled Game of Thrones. Currently at its second season with the third in production, the series is presented almost concurrent with the saga’s books, which the author is still working on. In order to give it that medieval and fantastical look the book depicts, the series is filmed in a studio in Belfast and on location in countries like Malta, Croatia, Northern Ireland, Iceland and Morocco. Most of the actors appearing in the series are of British origin and they include Sean Bean, Michelle Fairley, Richard Madden, Mark Addy, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Aidan Gillen, Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa.
The story of Game of Thrones takes place in the fictional continents Westeros and Essos and it begins with the end of a ten-year long summer. The known world is divided into Seven Kingdoms, all of which pledge allegiance to the Iron Throne; the rule of the land is endangered when King Baratheon dies in a hunting accident and all of the kingdoms plus some related adventurers and small kings start fighting for possession of the throne or for their independence. The stories and characters and strongly influenced by our own history and culture, though the touch of magic and mystery pertaining to the world help it serve as a metaphor or mirror of our society.
Filled with interesting, morally ambiguous characters, fantastical creatures, sorcery and witchcraft, savage peoples and interesting cultural aspects of each of them, Game of Thrones takes its viewers into an amazing world full of wonder. The budget allocated for the series production was compared to that of another great HBO series, Rome, of some $ 10 million per episode. Game of Thrones was received well by critics and especially by viewers, though some criticized its gratuitous use of nudity, as though HBO hadn’t done that before.
This grand scale television series by HBO received numerous awards, including Emmys, Hugo Awards, and Golden Globe awards and so on, both for the cast and for its producers. The series has now a cult following of fans of the novels as well, much like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter series inspired at their respective times. The third season of the series is programmed to air in March 2013, much to its fans’ anxiousness.