It’s one of the biggest shows on Television at the moment. I say one of the biggest as most people say the biggest for any number of shows at any one moment in time, such as Breaking Bad (another show I have not seen due to it not actually being on TV in the UK), but seemingly it is only me that is talking about the Awesome Rookie Blue, I also like Falling Skies and Arrow. But yes, it’s one of the biggest shows on Television, and I have not seen it. I know about it, but I don’t know much about it except for what people have been telling me such as who dies in what series, so if I do watch it one day, there won’t be many surprises for me. Apart from all that though, I have wondered time and again, if it is any good or not?
The first time I heard the words Game of Thrones was when I was playing a nice little card game at Teesside University called A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (release before the TV Series). It was a nice little card game that consisted of battle card games such as Magic: the Gathering with a more political element to it as well as money and roles like in Citadels. I did not know of the existence of the TV Series until a few months later when I saw the famous poster of Sean Bean on the silver chair. I saw more pictures here and there but still did not hear much about it. I didn’t hear about the books until about 2012 when I bought The Hunger Games from Waterstones and noticed an interesting looking book called A Dance with Dragons (Part 1 or two I can’t remember) by George R. R. Martin (whom I have heard about previously for writing a book that would be adapted for an episode of The Outer Limits) and almost bought it until I looked at the back and it said Game of Thrones on the back. I even had a shot of watching the first series when it was repeated on Sky 1 but didn’t really get round to it even though it was sort of hoarded onto the playback facility before they were eventually deleted.
After some time had passed, I was in That’s Entertainment and saw some copies of the First and Second series combined DVD set and thought about picking up the first series and have a go. This was when I found out that I could only get the combined DVD set and not just the first series, which sounds more like a commitment than getting something out of interest. So I let the idea pass, but kept in my head. More recently I played the A Game Of Thrones: The Board Game at a board game day in Morecambe which was quite fun, but quite flawed as the game required a minimum of six players in order to actually play it to the full. an interesting set of mechanics but quite flawed really, but still fun. But it was not until a bout 2 months ago that the idea of watching Game of Thrones resurfaced after I bought the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (the book series real name), A Game Of Thrones. I bought it for him because of the references to The War of the Roses, and my dad is a fan of English History, so I thought it would be a good idea to buy the first book. Right now he is onto the third book, part 1.
While I could go into what else I know as I have done my research, (I do like how Charles Dance is in it, he was really good as Lord Havelock Vetinari in Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal) but the real question that needs to be answered is, is it any good, as in is it worth my bothering to have a look at it, and would I enjoy it, and seeing as I don’t like The Lord of the Rings, does that mean I won’t. Anyway most of that doesn’t matter, because I don’t have Sky Atlantic and so really the big question is, is it value for money, and where can I get a copy of the first series on DVD and only the first series? So the above paragraphs really are a question for those who have seen it. I did watch the opening credits of the show on YouTube and thought it looked quite fun, but seeing as the setting is not really all that’s steam punk, I don’t really understand why they did it like that. So taking all of the above into account, would you recommend it?
GENEPOOL (I might give the books a try but I might wait eight years for the final two to be released, unless of course Martin decides to extend the series again?)