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Years after a rebellion spurred by a stolen bride to be and the blind ambitions of a mad King, Robert of the house Baratheon (Mark Addy) sits on the much desired Iron Throne. In the mythical land of Westeros, nine noble families fight for every inch of control and every drop of power. The King’s Hand, Jon Arryn (Sir John Standing), is dead. And Robert seeks out his only other ally in all of Westeros, his childhood friend Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark. The solemn and honorable Warden of the North is tasked to depart his frozen sanctuary and join the King in the capital of King’s Landing to help the now overweight and drunk Robert rule. However, a letter in the dead of night informs “Ned” that the former Hand was murdered, and that Robert will be next. So noble Ned goes against his better desires in an attempt to save his friend and the kingdoms. But political intrigue, plots, murders, and sexual desires lead to a secret that could tear the Seven Kingdoms apart. And soon Eddard will find out what happens when you play the Game of Thrones.
Based on the best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, this sprawling HBO drama is set in a world where summers span several decades and winters can last a lifetime. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne. This is a story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die.
Nine noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is pervasive. Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), King of Westeros, asks his old friend, Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), to serve as Hand of the King, or highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order of business to investigate further. Meanwhile, Queen Cersei Lannister’s family may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the previous and deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also scheming to regain the throne. The friction between the houses Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, and Targaryen and with the remaining great houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, Tyrell, and Martell leads to full-scale war. All while an ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war and political confusion, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.
The 6’3″ Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) has stated that the most gruelling scene she ever had to play in the series was in season four, episode ten, “The Children”, when she fought sword-to-sword with 6’6″ Rory McCann (“The Hound”). She spent two months training, three to four days a week, with swordmaster C.C. Smiff just to build up the required stamina for her fight scene.
Writer George R.R. Martin was approached several times with plans to adapt his (still unfinished) book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” into a movie, but he rejected them all, as he thought his books were much too expansive to be made into a movie. When David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told him that they wanted to make a series out of it, he asked them who they thought Jon Snow’s mother could be. Satisfied with the answer, he agreed to sell the rights to the book.
The average cost of production per episode of the show, up to season six, was around six million dollars, with the most expensive episode being season two, episode nine, “Blackwater”, which cost a reported eight million dollars. However, HBO decided to set a budget of one hundred million dollars for season six, which meant each episode of the season had an average production cost of ten million dollars. This put the show on par with Friends (1994) as the most expensive television show of all time (although most of the budget of “Friends” went to its stars’ salaries rather than the production, as in this show).
The Valyrian Freehold was one of the greatest civilizations in the Known World, and the dominant culture on Essos for nearly five millennia. Starting from the city of Valyria on the southern end of the continent, the Freehold became extremely powerful nearly 5,000 years before the start of the series, after discovering dragons in the volcanoes in the Valyrian peninsula. They managed to tame them, and with the dragons, together with their talent for magic and manufacturing weapons, they greatly expanded their territory to the surrounding lands. They eventually got as far as Essos’ west coast, where they put many colony cities under their rule. Their expansion got them into conflict with the Ghiscari Empire to the east, who declared war on them, but proved to be ill-equipped against their dragons in a series of five wars. The Valyrians finally marched on the Ghiscari capital and razed it to the ground, completely wiping out their civilization.
Yes, it’s based on the series A Song of Ice and Fire written by George RR Martin and takes its name from the first book in the series.
The books, in order of publication, are
1. A Game of Thrones 2. A Clash of Kings 3. A Storm of Swords 4. A Feast for Crows 5. A Dance with Dragons
And coming soon…. The Winds of Winter
Most fans who have read the books first will advise people to start at the beginning. However, some fans who have seen the show first have found the the early books less exciting because they know all of the plot developments. Whether to start at the beginning or not is up to each individual. While the show follows the same plot as the books, there is more detail provided in terms of character and back-story in the books and they sometimes explain the reasons for some plot developments better.
Yes, Disruptor Beam has developed Game of Thrones Ascent, which is a web-based game based on the books and HBO series: disruptorbeam
Game of Thrones Genesis is an official licensed video game.
Also TellTale has release a multiepisode Game which is also officially licensed
In addition, there is an excellent board game, for three to six players, Game of Thrones: Second Edition, from Fantasy Flight Games. A downloadable version of the rules is available there, so you can determine whether it suits you. I love it: power struggles, back-stabbing, alliances and treachery–just like the show.
Peter Hayden Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to Diane (Hayden), an elementary school teacher, and John Carl Dinklage, an insurance salesman. He is of German, Irish, and English descent. In 1991, he received a degree in drama from Bennington College and began his career. His exquisite theatre work that expresses brilliantly the unique range of his acting qualities, includes remarkable performances full of profoundness, charisma, intelligence, sensation and insights in plays such as “The Killing Act”, “Imperfect Love”, Ivan Turgenev’s “A Month in the Country” as well as the title roles in William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” and in Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya”.