HBO does not mass produce shows. This simple fact is reflect into each of their works: Six Feet Under, The Tudors, True Blood, The Sopranos, Rome and many others. Attention to detail, well-scripted parts, well-defined characters and expressive actors are weapons in an arsenal that won every TV battle it was engaged in.
A Game of Thrones is the much anticipated production based on George RR Martin’s best selling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Much as with its other productions, HBO follows the source material very closely, something noted by Martin himself.
The pilot episode introduces us to most of the cast (at least for the first season, although only 9 episode have been commissioned so far), most of whom represent the House Stark. The cast is not really an ensemble cast. The A Game of Thrones cast is clearly headed by Sean Bean (Ronin, Lord of the Rings) as Eddard Stark and Michelle Fairley (The Others, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) as Catelyn Stark, but as it happens the other cast members shine by themselves. British actor Kit Harington does a brilliant job as Jon Snow, Eddard’s bastard son. Opposite them we have Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen (originally the part was meant for Tamzin Merchan, of The Tudors), one of the last of the Targaryen dynasty, set to marry warlord Kharl Drogo (Jason Momoa, of Stargate: Atlantis). Mark Addy makes a great King Robert, portraying the character’s weaknesses faithfully.
The music score in A Game of Thrones is more than fitting, beautifully underlining every scene. Each scene is filled with detail, from the effects to background decorations and costumes. Watching it in high definition certainly pays off, not only for the fact that modern series seem to enjoy a lot in detailing nudity (be it male or female).
All in all, A Game of Thrones is another HBO masterpiece that is sure to satisfy George RR Martin’s fans and enthrall any fantasy afficionados.