At first glance, the new HBO series Game of Thrones looks like another play off of The Lord of the Rings. Complete with medieval jargon, swords, costumes, and the like -- the show is the made-for-TV version of author George R.R. Martin's first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.
And just like The Lord of the Rings, the show is expected to have its fair share of violence. In fact, when Martin first wrote the series, he made it with the intention of being "unfilmable."
But what was too much for basic TV became just right for a premium cable channel. And as someone who's completely turned off by anything with a dweeby geek following (i.e. this series, at first glance), I can say that this looks worth watching. Apparently violence + HBO = fantastic television. And it only took a 15-minute preview of the first episode to make me want more.
The sheer suspense of it all just draws you in, doesn't it? I'd have to say that the reason it's so good is mostly because of the acting. Have you heard how chilling Sean Bean's (Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark) voice is? I shudder.
For the interested, here are a few other things to know before the series premiere in two weeks:
1.The budget for this show was roughly $60 million for 10 episodes. What's that mean for us? That the sets, costumes, and overall aura of the shows are going to be spot-on. It's clear that if Martin was going to allow his series to be made for TV, it was going to be done right. Intense, eh?
2. Like I said, it's pretty nerdy. But that's OK. Because when you have great acting, geeky becomes interesting. Even the knights, dragons, and archery kind of geeky.
3. Again, it premieres April 17 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
Will you be watching Game of Thrones this season?
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