Some years ago I picked up George R.R. Martin’s much beloved by many, “Game of Thrones” admittedly I had a hard time getting through it. It’s a complicated, multi layered piece involving what seems like hundreds of characters. It just didn’t make for light tub time reading at the end of a busy day. If memory serves, I didn’t finish it. (I now hang my head in shame.)
The excitement surrounding HBO’s adaptation rekindled my interest so I tuned in. I was quickly mesmerized by the period sets, realistic costumes, settings that varied from mountainous to desert landscapes not to mention a fantastic cast. This was a huge production worthy of the big screen, definitely “Lord of the Rings” caliber. Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss do fantastic work with this overwhelmingly epic production. This reminds me of being completely captivated with Kenneth Branagh’s “Henry V” in the same manner. It’s wonderful when movies and television can bring a whole new depth and meaning to a story when so often movie making has the opposite effect.
Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Boromir) is perfectly cast as Ned Stark, head of the Stark family of Winterfell. The Stark family is the heart of the story, and honestly, there are so many of them (Starks) it would take pages to describe them all. Lena Headey (300, Sarah Connor Chronicles) is captivating as the role of the complicated Queen, Cercei Lannister and Peter Dinklage, he just steals every scene he’s in as the most misunderstood character in history, Tyrion Lannister.
When the show finished its first season it just wasn’t enough for me. I returned to the novels. What better recommendation for a television series or movie than to say it encourages people to read?
“Game of Thrones” season two will be aired on April 1 2012. War is Coming!