In 2002 one of my best friends and shared book enthusiast told me about this ‘trilogy’ he stumbled upon. I had been, at the time, reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series which is like a zillion books, so I was happy to have a series that was a complete set instead of having to wait around for another book. Of course, we were both wrong, Game of Thrones turned out to not be a trilogy but something that became an ongoing obsession for the last decade.
You could say we are fantasy geeks, both having played the original RPG’s of D&D and World of Darkness in their early years and then he having owned and I having worked for, the online gaming corner Darkrelic.net (which no longer exists). So Game of Thrones became our new habit, so to speak, a way we connected and shared the mutual love of fantasy. Since no one in my family is into it, it’s nice to have someone to share it with, especially when you get mad at the series or you want someone to talk to about the episodes airing on HBO. So although at the time, 10 years ago, I wanted to punch him in the arm for having gotten me into another series of books after already being upset that Robert Jordan wouldn’t just finish his darn series, I feel lucky for being a part of the whirlwind that it’s become.
I am almost caught up with the series, still waiting for time to watch Episode 4 from last Sunday, but I’m really excited how Season 2 is starting out. I can’t explain how miraculous it is to see on television what was in my head for so many, many years. The entire production team and George R.R. Martin did a fantastic job of setting Game of Thrones into a television series. Even with some parts that have to be missed due to time budgets or explanations you can’t get on screen that appear easily in written word, it’s a miraculous show. I’m awfully addicted and I can only explain the extent by the fact that every time I get excited about the next show my son sighs. Although my husband was very sweet in making sure the first episode was recorded as I was behind on things and hadn’t the time to remember.
My favorite character is obviously Daenary’s Targaryen, the blood of the dragon. She is one of the most incredible characters in his books and watching Emilia Clarke play her in the series is utterly phenomenal. There are so many great characters, but every time her part comes on I feel like I am sucking in air. Although I relate more to Catelyn Stark played by Michelle Fairley, I wish I could be as fiercely determined in everything as Daenary’s. And of course I can’t forget Jon Snow, who had always been my favorite and at first I wasn’t sure about their choice of actor, Kit Harington, he has since grown on me. I think in some way Jon Snow was always visualized different for many of us. And Bran, dear Bran, I have grown so attached to him over the years he’s like my little book son. Beautifully played and I am really excited to see his story unfold more in the weeks to come.
This isn’t really a ‘Family Friendly’ show. The books were always mature and the fact that HBO took it on after True Blood should give you an idea of how ‘mature’ this show is. But it is my favorite and I actually have the date set in my calendar of when George R.R. Martin will be the closest to me, in 2015! If the end of the world doesn’t come, maybe I’ll get his autograph!
I can’t exactly tell you what the books and movies are about due to the fact that some details are a bit.. not Family Friendly. However, you can catch up on the show on HBO’s Game of Thrones page and/or the Books on George R.R. Martin’s website, which also shows excerpts of the book to come and keeps all of us fanatics updated. PLUS, you can read all about what’s going on in the show, the books, other books he’s written and even his life on his Not a Blog Livejournal.