By Marvin Garcia |Staff Writer|
Dragons, kings and queens, death, sex, good versus evil, plus twists and turns are just a few words to explain Game of Thrones (GOT).
Game of Thrones has raised the bar for all other epic-fantasy genre television shows.
The series is set in the fictional continent of Westeros, where power and betrayal go side by side.
In the wake of civil war, the five great houses battle against one another for the right to sit on the iron throne, as the menacing White Walkers (ice demons) approach from the north and dragon fire from the east.
Never before has there been a show of such caliber as that of GOT thanks to the imagination of series author George R.R Martin.
Much of the series’ success rests in its flawless depiction of the cruelness found in a monarchical society.
“I’m impressed of how the author (Martin) manipulated history, since it depicts England’s War of the Roses, and the many elements in it, particularity the treatment of women, are accurate and I am glad for it. I just wish they were not that violent,” said GOT fan Bae Estanero.
With production done all over the world, the series’ shooting locations are some of the most beautiful environments, rendering life to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
Needless to say, the cast who bring these characters to life live up to Martin’s vision and his work.
However, not all audiences are compelled with the adaptation.
“I think they depart from the books at times, like not everything that happens is as grotesque as in the books,” said fanatic Aarti Bains.
“GOT is one of the book/series that have remain true to the source material, but I think they are departing from the book because the author has not finished the series, so those changes are necessary,” Bains concluded.
Spoilers coming in the following paragraphs, read at your own discretion.
The current cast consists of Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emily Clark (Deanerys Taygeryan), Kit Harigton (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and previously during the first season, Lord Eddard of the House Stark played by Sean Bean.
GOT, with only ten episodes per season, delivers audiences some of the most thrilling ‘WTF’ moments anyone has ever seen, such as the notorious beheading of Sean Bean’s character.
Since then, there have been heartbreaking moments, one after another.
The Battle of Blackwater Bay, which so far is the greatest battle, was utterly epic; the duel between Oberyn Martell (The Red Viper)
vs. and The Mountain Gregor Clegane left a remorseful memory; and of course, the massacre known as the Red Wedding that brought an end to the rest of the rebellious Starks, are all major events that became hallmark for the hardcore fanatics.
While the majority of the reception by critics has been positive, the series’ explicit content of nudity and many forms of violence has been a subject of controversy.
The episode, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” set the internet on fire with a backlash that felt like the show may have gone too far with the off-screen rape scene of Sansa Stark on May 10.
The rape scene was another event that was added to the series and did not occur in the original books.
“A lot of people got mad with that shocking conclusion, everyone thought Sansa was gonna take a stand and start taking revenge for her family,” said student Josue Garcia.
Be as it may, Game of Thrones is just too good to focus on one thing, so stay tuned for further action and deception Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on HBO, and maybe one day the dragons will finally come.
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