Game of Thrones is a fantasy series set in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. It follows several characters from various noble families in their struggle for power and control of the Iron Throne.
The noble families include House Stark, who rule the North. The Starks have defended the Wall and North for centuries. House Arryn are the rulers of the Vale. House Baratheron controls the Stormlands. The Baratheons are the current rulers of the Seven Kingdoms. The Reach falls under the care of House Tyrell. The Westernlands is ruled by House Lannister, the wealthiest and most powerful family in all of Westeros. The Riverlands are governed by House Tully. The Iron Islands are home to House Greyjoy. House Martell oversees Dorne. House Targaryen ruled over the Seven Kingdoms before being deposed by Robert Baratheron in the War of the Usurper.
Note: Additional info will be added to this thread later on.
This thread is for discussion of the TV series. That means no book spoilers are allowed. You can discuss differences or similarities between the books and the TV series though.
The Author George R R Martin who also over see's every episode of the Drama said he was inspired to write this by England's 15th Century Wars Of The Roses . The influence is there The houses of Stark and Lannister seem based on rival Plantagenet Houses Of York and Lancaster . In the near future ill draw up a list of characters and their real life counterparts ,though some characters are 100 % fictional . An example of real life would be Ned Stark /Richard Duke Of York .
I have not read the books ,i was tempted to when i heard they were making it but as each season is very faithful to its book it seemed best not too . Season 2 has gotten off to a great start so far very pleased with how its developed .
More new characters will appear in Episode 2 ,I am really curious to see Natalie Dormer in The Tudors she pretty much upstaged the whole cast with her role as Anne Boleyn in fact she pretty much owns that role ,however since her demise on the series she has not really done much since saw her in a couple of BBC series and was unimpressed so lets see what she can bring to this .
Tyrion Lannister is one of the really interesting characters he obviously has no love for his own family as they have little for him being a dwarf but obviously blood is thicker than water as long as they are the ruling power and one gets the impression he would have no problems throwing his family under the cart if it will help him ,i am curious what his ultimate aim is though ?.
The second episode was pretty strange in so much as nothing really happened it was almost like a filler episode ,Tyrion had the best scenes of all the main cast members ,of the new characters so far the red headed priestess seems to be the most interesting .
curious as i have not read the books i thought we were on to the second book but the credits still list the first .
I haven't read the books but I know some of what happens later on. I started watching Game of Thrones on a whim. I knew nothing about it going in. I didn't even know it was based on a book series. I was just looking for something new to watch. I saw some previews and it looked interesting. Been hooked ever since.
When Ned died, that's when I started doing some research on the series. I wanted to know where the story was going. You don't often see a central character die like that so it caught me by surprise. Game of Thrones doesn't have a main character but Ned was the closest thing to it in S1. Since then, I've learned not to get too attached to any of the characters.
Not sure where the series is in relation to the books. All I know is that each book will be covered in a season. The exception being book 3, A Storm of Swords, which will be split into 2 seasons.
Me too i never read the books and feared it may be some LOTR rip off and when i first watched it it seemed very slow but i liked the way it came together and Neds execution was a shock (same thing happened to Neds real life role model Richard Duke Of York ) and you are right about no central character for a while i was thinking John Snow would emerge but not so sure now .
I've watched bits on GoT website, but the stop-and-go of loading drives me nuts. Still, it's fun to see the characters and their costumes. I've read the first 4 books and have been tempted to buy the first series. So far I've resisted. The paperback edition of the fifth book won't be released until July.....