Game of Thrones…
I don’t know whether there’s a place on the whole earth where someone would look at those three words and not know anything about the complex and in-depth world of George RR Martin’s imagination. They don’t know the ice blonde hair of Daenerys Targaryen. The smart and witty comebacks of the imp, Tyrion Lannister. The sick-minded perspective of his sister Cersei, or the boundary-breaking strength of Brienne of Tarth.
The casting director of Game of Thrones, Robert Sterne, depicts the characters in such a way that embodies their personalities as well as their looks. So the handsome ruggedness of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a perfect frame to capture his conflicted character’s personality and the awkward relations between all of the Stark children. Costume design allows readers of the book to put their imaginations at ease as the intricate designs of Daenerys’ gowns and the specific placement of ragged linens of even the cameos exceed expectations. In the earlier seasons there was an understandably poor quality of special effects, due to the constraints of kick-starting a new TV show, but they have improved dramatically over the later seasons.
Whenever I explain a scene or pivotal event that occurs in the series in an attempt to advertise it to friends, I find that words don’t do the show justice, and in all honesty make people weary of watching the series. For example in order to explain the character of Cersei Lannister I have to outline her incestuous habits and her strange attachment to her eldest son Joffrey. Joffrey… when I come to explain his brutal character I have to include his sadistic tendencies and the nature of his birth. Every single character has a dark side in which all of them shouldn’t have the capacity to overlook. However we, as the audience, overlook as these attributes as we understand it is part of who the characters are and the time in which these events occurred. Furthermore as an onlooker outside of my advertising conversation for Game of Thrones, I imagine I must seem to be a horrific person, as when I explain Season Five all I have to say about it is: “everyone you love is going to die”. Couldn’t imagine sounding like a sane human being. Still, be wary of Season Four, but especially Five: many tears will be shed for the ones lost.