Thursday, April 10, 2014

“Game of Thrones” – Fantasy has never felt so real to fans

The “Game of Thrones” television series has taken the world by storm, with fans becoming more and more engrossed in the fantasy as the episodes go by. South African fans have not been exempt from this obsession as most are waiting in anticipation for the premiere of the fourth season on 18th April on M-Net, hot on the heels of the U.S. which premiered the season on Sunday, 6th April. The HBO series was in such high demand by viewers on the HBO Go cable channel that the channel actually crashed. Those are some pretty loyal fans.

It’s quite difficult to explain the plot of “Game of Thrones” to someone who doesn’t watch it, or isn’t even interested in it. But the gist of the series is that nine noble families fight for control over the mythical land of Westeros. The appeal of the series has its basis mostly in the pervasive political and sexual intrigue. The series is high on blood, sex, and dragons (yes, dragons). Season four promises even more nudity and gore, which definitely will not disappoint its fan base.

Since “Game of Thrones” debuted in 2011, the HBO fantasy-drama, which is based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling series of novels, the first of which is titled “A Game of Thrones”, has established itself as the star of the U.S. cable channel. HBO has been the producer of some of the best series that has been created over the past few years; “True Detective”, “The Wire”, “The Sopranos”, and “Six Feet Under” being a few of them.

The series stars some under-the-radar actors who have still managed to cast the audience under their spell nonetheless. Emilia Clarke, however, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, one of the exiled children of the king trying to win back the throne, is one of the actresses who has garnered quite a bit of attention lately and is rumoured to be featured in the next “Terminator” movie in 2015.She’s also been seen on the covers of GQ, Vs., InStyle, and Flare magazines.

The series presents some seriously morally ambiguous and uncertain characters through which it explores themes like religion, loyalty, corruption, war, and punishment. “Game of Thrones” is the most recent big-budget series to be a part of the fantasy genre in mainstream media in recent years. And that’s one of the reasons the series has gained such overwhelming popularity; millions of viewers around the world love it because it’s larger-than-life and fantastical with just a hint of real-world drama to make it relatable.

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