Written on: 16/05/2011 by reviewkitten (289 reviews written)
Game of Thrones is the new hit show from HBO. Based on the fantasy novels by George RR Martin the series is set in the harsh and sometimes brutal setting of the Seven Kingdoms. Comparisons with Lord of the Rings are easy to make as the series also stars Sean Bean and a top notch predominantly British cast including Lena Headey and Mark Addy (thank god he's not like the character in the downright annoying Tesco adverts!) but don't be fooled into thinking that Game of Thrones is at all whimsical (no hobbits here). The characters are gritty and believable, the women are not all damsels in distress and there are clear intentions to break with the tradition of other fantasy films or shows. One of the ruling families features a dwarf (played by Peter Dinklage) but instead of writing his character as a fun loving humour vehicle they have given him real depth and character and the children are not cute little poppets, they again have spirit. There are strong topics touched upon in the series so not for the easily offended.
I'm only three episodes in so far but already hooked, I have my favourites and those whom I really dispise! The action is bloody and like True Blood, the sex is rampant. If you don't have access to Sky then wait for the boxset, just make sure you watch it.