Madhurima Mukhopadhyay
  • 4.5/5
Racy,briliant. New favourite on primetime TV.

Game of Thrones is a medieval drama-fantasy series based on the series of books- 'A Song of Ice and Fire' by George R.R. Martin,the first of which is called 'A Game of Thrones'. The main theme of the book/series is,as the title suggests the royal battle between seven fictional kingdoms for gaining authority over the 'iron throne'. The series acutely shows the medieval pattern of life,ethics and royal politics-the shrewd means of war,the stereotypes of society,the hierarchical patterns and behavior and is very intriguing in its portrayal of distinct and powerful characters. Not the first of its kind,but certainly different in its thrilling content and perfect presentation,Game of Thrones has become the new favorite in prime-time television,despite being criticized for the gory war-scenes,vulgar deaths and overtly sexual contents,

The first season shows the benevolent king of the north,Eddard Stark getting entangled in a murder and the family brawl of power-struggle between the Baratheons and the Lannisters. We see the carefree Baratheon ruler being killed and subsequently the conspiracy of the Lannisters makes Eddard Stark get all the more embroiled in the grim world of treachery and murder and is beheaded. This is the climax of the first season,post which the power conflict between royal families and ministers take a new turn. New relationships are etched and more and more tragic betrayals take place. Newer families get entangled in the conflicts creating greater confusion. The quintessential human greed for power is depicted through these conflicts,gruesome battles and unexpected tragedies that these lead to,make the storyline terse with suspense,horror,tantalizing action and unpredictable twists. Human nature is also explored in its most nascent,uncivilized state-the medieval world the storyline is based,it is neither status nor education decides one's future,rather it is the power and self-aggrandizing politics that ensures one's survival. But there are mysterious creatures as well,whose identity cannot be justified and they make the whole concept of human survival and death,a farce. Hence the world of Game of Thrones is a bit of politics,and myth,and history,and mystery all of which combine to form a racy,and thrilling plot which has been running successfully since four seasons.

With a brilliant set,screenplay and cast Game of Thrones is the series to watch out for.