The last weeks of an entry-less WordPress account was the result of obsessing over HBO’s recent TV series adaptation of George R.R Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels, the first season named after the first book “A Game of Thrones”. I was compelled to download one episode after reading much about the fan’s raves over the show in my favorite websites that I frequented. True enough, the series featured a plot line that wasn’t your usual standard-fare fantasy and I devoured and was hooked after the second episode. The series grew on me through a kind of powerful, solid narrative on fantasy that we don’t get a lot of these days.
So I was introduced to the world of Westeros, where the kingdom of the royal Stark (Winterfell in the North) family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes and the ultimate clashing of rival Houses in King’s Landing.
The first two episodes are vital in the series: it sets the mood for the series, making it or breaking it. There were definitely strong visuals involved and we got to know more about the lord and lady of the North and their family and their motto—Winter is Coming. The visuals are set in a way a somber manner yet perfect and this seemed an appropriate background to introduce the Starks. Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark (played by Sean Bean) the Lord of the House of Stark has taught his family the value of honor and they represent the value of responsibility, trustworthiness and know when to be a leader when they’re called upon by duty.
From L-R: Lord Eddard Stark, Lady Catelyn Stark, Robb Stark, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Bran Stark, Rickon Stark and Jon Snow.
Along the way, we learn that the Hand of the King (King’s Chief Advisor) has recently died and the ruling king of Westeros Robert from the House of Baratheon decides to pay a visit to his old friend Ned Stark in the North to call upon him as the new Hand of the King. I have to say that Robert’s character and his brotherly relationship with Ned and asking him to be the Hand of the King provides a dynamic relationship that sets off many events and shape many circumstances ahead. And at this point, we are given an introduction and a warning at the same time to the ruling queen of Westeros Cersei Lannister of the Lanniester House (who’s one of my favorite characters), a bitch with a force to be reckoned with and proves to be a formidable major adversary in the long run.
While this is going on in Westeros, we are taken to the other side of the World where the story of Daenerys Targaryen unfolds before us. We learn that the House of Targaryen is the principal House of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and have ruled for many centuries. Their seat is the capital city of King’s Landing and their family is said to descendants of Old Valyria, a mythical city where dragons are said to exist. Their family’s motto—Fire and Blood—implies that they are a family where dragon blood flows in them.
Daenerys Targaryen with her older brother Viserys have fled in exile after a great war that killed most of their family. Her prideful but cowardly older brother makes the beautiful Daenerys a child bride, marrying him off to a barbarian warlord in a deal that provides Viserys financial and political benefit to seize the Iron Throne once again.
As the story goes on, three royal families resort to murder and brutal political intrigue and war to gain control of the Iron Throne and the land while cruel supernatural beings called the White Walkers press against the protective Wall at the northern edge of the kingdom. Power, tension, blood and danger serve as a background for the Game of Thrones and season 1 was a successful setting up the storyline to gear up for the upcoming season 2.
GOD. SEVEN HELLS. SEASON 2 COME SOONER! APRIL 15, 2012 FOR MORE GAME OF THRONES! HBO WHY!?! IN ALL RESPECT TO THE KING IN THE NORTH!
Can I just comment on how gorgeous Robb Stark (Richard Madden) is? Looking forward for his actions in season2 :>
Arya Stark’s my favorite girl (next to Cersei Lannister – wtf I know). She’s such a spirited tomboy, doesn’t compromise her individuality for what is expected for her as a lady, very callous and like her brothers, holds her family first and foremost and harbors great compassion for them. And I think she would be a wonderful match for her brother (I mean… half brother? Bastard?) Jon Snow (I’m sorry kinikilig lang talaga ako especially when Jon gave Arya “Needle”—so much love).
Jon Snow (he is named Snow as he is a bastard son of the North Lord). GAH HE HAS SO MUCH ANGST and he’s terribly loveable. He’s clever, bright, talented and compassionate.
Cersei Lannister is another favorite character. She’s the strongest female character in the series actually and I admire her for that. She’s wily, cunning, smart though prideful and amoral and I sympathize with her character. She’s cunning and ambitious and a fierce protector of those she loves.
GAAAAAAAAAAAH I COULD GO ON ABOUT THIS especially about Day and Tyrion but I will spare anyone from the spoilers. WAA. So much love this series is.
and.. SER JORAH MORMONT WAAAA he’s so damn handsome and valiant. If you want to be a knight, this is the way to go.