Apr 18, 2011

Game of Thrones, Episode 1 - Winter Is Coming

The long wait is over, and the first episode of Game of Thrones is out. So the million dollar question - was it worth the wait? Is the show everything it promised to be? And the answer is almost entirely YES! The first scene with the White Walkers is pure joy to watch in HD, the ice-cracking sound of their movements chilling to the bone (pun intended). The opening theme is everything I would expect from the people who did the Rome opening credits. The plot develops quickly, and with so much material to cover in just ten episodes, that's definitely a good thing. The acting is top notch, the music is forgettable (and I can definitely do with less Celtic motives in the soundtrack, thank you very much), but does the job, and the setting and special effects are just fantastic!

The episode ends with Bran's scene with Jamie Lannister, and left me itching for more. All in all, Game of Thrones promises to be just as strong as the fans were hoping, while perfectly capable of attracting the non-fantasy readers at the same time. It all depends on how well the show develops, but it definitely has the potential.


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