Game of Thrones Sneak Preview
As the resident fanboy of all things Game of Thrones here at Gunaxin, I’ve decided to start a weekly preview/review column after (and before) each new episode.
For those who don’t know yet, HBO has adapted the first book of George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy book series titled A Song of Ice & Fire and it is just two weeks away. Based off of the success or failure, more seasons will follow with the plan of a season per book. But if you want to know more about the series itself, make sure to check out the preview post I wrote here about a month ago.
For those lucky enough to have HBO, they were treated to an exclusive preview of the first 14 minutes of the pilot Sunday night. Being the diehard fan I am, I made sure to have butt firmly planted on sofa in time to catch it live. And I must say it was the fastest 14 minutes I can recall.
The preview is now on YouTube, of course, so not only the super-spoiled get to watch it now (it’s posted below in its entirety). But any doubts I had about the series were quickly put to rest. The books are extremely mature and violent with plenty of adult themes. The violence doesn’t seem to be a concern for HBO, as there were two beheadings in that short span. And while there were no sex scenes in the preview, sexual content has never been a problem for the programmers over there (True Blood, anyone?). So I’m not worried too much about that one.
Back to the preview, the costuming and acting appear to be well above par as well. In fact, the budget is still the primary concern going forward. A series this epic in scope is not going to be cheap. No exact dollar amount has been confirmed by HBO, but it is rumored to be around $60 million for ten episodes, which would make it the most expensive television series ever. Awesome and frightening at the same time.
I’ll try not to get too spoilery in these previews of unaired episodes, as the shock value is outrageously high in this series and I wouldn’t want to rob anyone of that. But if you have some time on your hands, I seriously recommend reading the first book (titled, simply, A Game of Thrones). It isn’t hard to find, as bookstores are stocking up on copies in anticipation of renewed interest the series will undoubtedly generate.
With the premiere on April 17th, look for the preview of the pilot episode, titled “Winter is Coming,” a couple of days before and the review a couple of days after. I will also preview the second episode in that post and repeat this formula through the first season.
If you’re still undecided about the series, two things: first of all, smack yourself for being a moron; second, watch the preview below and then decide. The critics, comprised of readers and non-readers of the books, are going nuts for the series (lucky bastards got to screen the first six episodes) and can’t say enough positive things about it.
Lastly, let me speak to those who keep saying how they aren’t interested because they don’t like the fantasy genre. This isn’t Tolkien-like fantasy. There are no elf’s, wizards or cave trolls. No, it’s not that kind of fantasy. Imagine The Sopranos in a medieval setting, and you’d be hitting closer to home. Don’t miss this one.