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|Game of Thrones Season 3: 11 Reasons To Be Excited||6/22/12|
With the ending of the second season of Game of Thrones a couple weeks back, viewers were left with a haunting scene of an army of White Walkers creeping their way to the Wall and presumably even past it. Other storylines ended with Jon Snow peering over the cliffs to Mance Rayder?s vast army, the burning of Winterfell as Bran and Rickon head north for Jon, and the decision to finally set sail by Daenerys. Without saying too much too soon, there are a whole lot of new issues that arise in the third book, A Storm of Swords, and viewers will be pleasantly surprised by the sheer amount of material that it holds. Of course the third book is going to be split into two seasons, but seeing as how the show took its liberties with many characters like Arya, Robb, and Daenerys, book readers should be looking forward to how the creators envision some of the series? most memorable moments.
Non-book readers should note that the books are formatted in a way where the story is told from multiple points of view (POV) with the respective character?s name being the title of each chapter. The first book was told through the eyes of Eddard, Catelyn, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran, Tyrion, and Daenerys. The second book was told through Catelyn, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran, Tyrion, and Daenerys with new POV additions of Theon and Davos. This makes the books more focused as a whole because readers know who is important and who is ultimately a player in the game of thrones. The third book retains most of the second book?s POVs with the exception of Theon and with the addition of two new interesting choices.
Obviously, no one knows how much season 3 will cover in terms of the book, but there are definitely sections that would make a grand season finale. From a book reader?s perspective, here are 11 reasons to be excited for season 3 of Game of Thrones. There won?t be spoilers in the grandest of senses, but non-book readers should heed the warning that there are certainly hints of events to come.
11. Jojen and Meera Reed
The Reed siblings are actually introduced in A Clash of Kings, which is of course second book. Their father is a bannerman to the Starks and his children go to Winterfell to renew their pledge. The Reeds are there for almost everything that happens to Bran in season 2 including when Theon took over Winterfell. Meera Reed protects the children while Jojen Reed helps Bran with his visions. How they?re going to be introduced in season 3 is still a mystery, but these two characters are pivotal in Bran?s story and give some much needed spice and sense of adventure as well.
10. The Whereabouts of Sandor Clegane (a.k.a. The Hound)
During the Battle of the Blackwater, Clegane fled King?s Landing and offered to take Sansa with him. Although she denied him, his story is definitely not over. He doesn?t get POV chapters though, so he reappears in another character?s storyline and is actually a welcome and frightening addition. The interactions between this POV character and Clegane are ?different? and are definitely worth the wait.
9. The Return of Barristan Selmy
In case viewers have forgotten, Barristan Selmy was the Lord Commander of the Kingsguards until Joffrey humiliatingly dismissed him. He vowed to find the rightful king to serve and stormed off without ever being seen again?until now. Without giving away too much, he certainly thought long and hard about who he was going to look for because his return is quite the surprise, even to the readers. He actually returned much sooner, but was not revealed until book three through the eyes of a POV character who readers thought would never meet him. Hopefully the show gives him the justice he deserves.
8. Where is Daenerys Sailing To?
If viewers thought she would be sailing to Westeros, they?d be downright wrong. How could she take her rightful throne without an army? She can?t and she knows this. To be honest, her story in the second book was pretty dull in comparison to the first book and it does take some time for her to develop in the third, but it will be worth it. Her endeavors in finding an army show her leadership potential and also show some obstacles she never saw coming. The more she triumphs, the more problems arise and viewers should expect her to actually do something this time around.
7. Riverrun, Home of House Tully
In case viewers didn?t know, Robb actually didn?t have a POV in the first and second book. His actions were viewed only through Catelyn?s eyes and he was never truly fleshed out as much as he was in the show. Readers never saw his marriage to Jeyne (Talisa in the show) as he randomly came back early on in the third book saying he got married and has broken his promise to the Freys.
In the second book and the first half of the third, much of Catelyn?s story takes place in her home of Riverrun. Catelyn?s uncle Brynden and her brother Edmure are very important characters so it was good to hear they were finally being cast. Like Arya, Catelyn gets a lot of mileage in her story and being able to finally return home was a breath of fresh air.
6. Mance Rayder?s Army
His name was generously mentioned over the course of the season 2 and it was no different in the books. The former sworn brother to the Night?s Watch has raised an army of wildings beyond the Wall, but for what? What is Jon?s role in Mance?s grand scheme? Will Jon remain a wilding after he broke his vows? Though Jon?s story was not something to look forward to in the second season, like Daenerys, he finally gets going again and readers simply cannot wait.
5. The White Walkers
Let?s just spoil it and say that Samwell does indeed live. In fact, he lives so much that in the third book, he is one of two characters to get a new POV. After all, the readers do need to know what?s going on in the Night?s Watch with Jon off playing with the Wildlings. Samwell fits this role perfectly especially since he was so close to Jon to begin with.
Being the last thing viewers see in season 2 shows that the White Walkers mean business. Especially since they?re presumably heading for the Fist of the First Men where most of the Night?s Watch is currently at. From what viewers know so far, only fire can kill them so being surrounded by snow and ice probably isn?t going to help the Night?s Watch?s cause. The ensuing chaos is sure to remind them why they protect the realm to begin with.
4. Jaime and Brienne?s Adventure to King?s Landing
Wait, there?s no previous POV character here? So which of these two is the other new POV besides Sam? It may be shocking that Jaime Lannister is the one who gets fleshed out and his addition is more than welcome.
Why is this important and why should viewers be excited? For the first two books, Jaime was seen as a villain. After all, he has incestuous relations with his sister, he killed the king he was sworn to protect, and in the show, he killed his own cousin for crying out loud! So why does a villain of somewhat meager importance get his own chapters? The answer is not obvious at first, but will become so sooner than never. His adventures with Brienne, the taciturn warrior, prove to be among the favorites among book readers because of ?changes? that occur. With readers finally able to get into the mind of the Kingslayer, his story unravels quite elegantly.
3. Arya and the Brotherhood Without Banners
Many praised Arya?s storyline in the season 2 and though they changed it quite a bit, she still ended up in the same place; she?s traveling with Gendry and Hot Pie in search of her mother. Arya by far gets the most mileage in her adventures and the third book is no different. She meets a strange group of people along the way called The Brotherhood Without Banners led by Beric Dondarrion who was briefly mentioned in season 1. This group proves to be extremely important in the overall story so viewers should take note of their introduction.
She denied Sandor Clegane when he offered to help her escape and she denied Littlefinger when he asked if she wanted to go home, so why should viewers be excited for Sansa? It?s because in the third book, her story truly takes flight. After all, she?s a highborn girl who is being held captive by the very people who killed her father and branded her family a traitor. She was kept alive because of her previous betrothal to Joffrey, but now that she?s been released from that duty, what next?
From a book reader?s perspective, Sansa is the one to watch. Not because of anything she does in particular, but because of what happens around her as a POV character who is in the middle of a violent storm. Viewers will be shocked.
Readers have been waiting for this moment since the announcement that these books were being turned into a TV show. The creators of the show even said their goal was to at least have this moment happen and they would be happy. They got their wish and season 3 will more likely than not have this near the end or at the end. Much of the previous reasons above to be excited all culminate to this moment. In fact, it would seem like season 2 was setting up for this moment as well. Needless to say, viewers will not know what is waiting for them in the shadows.
Some important characters didn?t make it to the list because of a variety of reasons. Namely Tyrion, who is undoubtedly, a fan favorite. His story actually ties in to at least two of the aforementioned reasons, but he?s not the focal point in them. Don?t expect him to just sit around though.
Another character is Stannis (who readers see through the eyes of Davos). Spoilers! Davos lives and his story with Stannis is?underwhelming to say the least.
The third book relies heavily on the number 1 reason this article mentions and the following aftermath of it as well. In fact, since no one knows where season three will end, it could very well include the memorable moment that happens after RW. In that case, reason 1.5 would be the aftermath of RW. That?s right, the third book has a second moment which readers have been looking forward to as well. Season 3 is probably going to blow viewers out of Blackwater, just like Stannis.
|Game Of Thrones: 8 Characters Who Didnât Meet Our Expectations||6/22/12|
We’re now on the other side of season 2 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, 20 episodes, 20 hours, countless characters and an ever-increasing number of storylines, and generally speaking it’s fair to say Game of Thrones has embedded itself in mainstream culture, wth many critics praising the high quality level of acting, writing and directing. Peter Dinklage, the man playing everyone’s favourite dwarf Tyrion Lannister, won the Emmy for best supporting actor last year for the first season and almost certainly seems like a lock for next year’s awards too.
But let’s be realistic - it ain’t all good. There may be a high standard of acting within the show, and while actors may be doing a solid job of playing their roles within the TV show, there are several occasions where book fans in particular have had issues with some of the casting in the show. While these actors may not be bad actors themselves, there are noticeable discrepancies between book character and TV character. This is not a rant about the differences between the story of book versus TV show’s narratives and storylines – this is focused specifically on the differences between key characters of the book versus those of the show.
Note that if you haven’t read the books you may feel a sting of fan rage boiling up inside of you, as this will mostly seem like unfair criticism – in fact even book readers are likely to find some of these submissions highly contentious, as at the end of the day, book interpretation is always subjective.
So pick up your rock and get ready to hurl them as we count down the most miscast characters in Game of Thrones!
1. Syrio Forel
Before you hurl rocks, let me be clear – I like the Syrio Forel of the TV show. I enjoyed Miltos Yerolemou’s performance a great deal – but it certainly surprised me. Syrio Forel, First Sword of Bravos, is described as bald, very slight and almost rigid in both his posture and personality. What Miltos brings to the table is a much more comic, happy-go-lucky version of the dancing master that often provides a few laughs for the audience. I can’t criticise his performance at all, and it’s certainly understandable that the writers would want to inject some much needed humour into the grim world of Ice and Fire, but part of will always be hunkering for what a more serious, true-to-the-books Syrio would have been like.
2. Davos Seaworth
Liam Cunningham has the right look for Davos, but I’m constantly watching him on screen and thinking how much more quiet and deferential he should be when compared to the Davos of the books. Many compare Davos to being Ned Stark v2.0 due to his honourability and logical thinking in the face of an uncompromising Baratheon, and there are indeed many parallels to be seen between Davos and Stannis’ relationship next to Ned and Robert’s. That said, Davos’s manner doesn’t quite match that of the books – George R R Martin creates the image of a humble, solemn man who constantly reflects on the circumstances of his life and confronts Stannis with the hard truths with soft spoken words rather than the emotional charge that Liam Cunningham brings to the role. It’s an understandable change, but a change nonetheless.
3. Margaery Tyrell
I loved Natalie Dormer in The Tudors as Anne Boleyn, as she brought just the right level of manipulation and entitlement to the role…along with her other assets. But Margaery Tyrell, a (seemingly) innocent girl of sixteen years, does not match Dormer’s obvious level of intelligence and capacity for scheming. Margaery certainly does possess those qualities, but they’re not supposed to be prevalent from the moment we meet here.
As soon as we meet Margaery in the TV show, there’s little doubt about her ability to play the game as well as anyone at court, and almost certainly better than Cersei. This removes a lot of the mystery surroudning her charcatre as she slowly unfurls from an innocent mystery into a master schemer, very much the heir to her grandmother Olenna Tyrell. And this is an obvious criticism, but Dormer is almost double the age her character is supposed to be, not to mention almost twice the age of Joffrey, her betrothed.
Natalie Dormer’s acting itself is just fine, but she’s playing the mature, obviously clever Margaery rather than a girl not so much older than Sansa who may or may not be as naive.
4. Yara Greyjoy
From the moment Yara rode up on her horse and Theon unwittingly started finger-banging his own sister, I couldn’t shake the sinking feeling in my gut about Yara. First of all, in the books she’s named Asha, so to some extent, I can almost just write her off as she isn’t the same character. Asha is hard enough to eat guts for breakfast and ask for more. Yara talks a bit big talk but hasn’t done a single thing to prove herself as fierce warrior as yet. Moreover, what other sex drive Asha has in the books (and it’s quite expansive) is entirely devoid in the show where she’s basically a man in drag.
Asha is described as lean and long-legged, with short black hair and a sharp nose in a thin face. On the show, she’s squat, flat-faced and dirty blonde. No offence to Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara on the show, but the sex appeal just ain’t there, nor is the Ripley-esque aspect that’s so crucial to her character. The reason this is so disconcerting is as the story progresses, Asha’s (or Yara’s) role increases significantly. Here’s hoping in the coming seasons we get to see Asha griding her axe, hacking limbs and cracking skulls – and maybe bumping in the trunk a little bit too.
5. Stannis Baratheon
When I first heard Stephen Dillane had been cast as Stannis, I had some reservations. I’d seen him in John Adams as Thomas Jefferson and thought his acting was masterful, but when it comes to playing Stannis Baratheon I can’t help but feel the man’s not quite hitting the mark. In the books, much is said of how Stannis would break before he bends, whereas in the TV show he’s already bent considerably, willingly sacrificing his beliefs for what he believes will bring him success in attaining the Iron Throne, particularly with R’hllor.
The biggest issue is his anger – I just don’t see Stephen Dillane grinding his jaw enough. The Baratheon words “Ours is the Fury” feel somewhat hollow next to the Stannis of the TV show. Perhaps this is purely subjective, but simply not smiling isn’t enough, and Stannis should be scowling a hell of a lot more.
A great many of the fans of the books are upset about the portrayal of Shae in the TV show versus the Shae of the books. Played by Sibel Kikilli, Shae has been given a great deal more depth in the TV show than she has in the books, where she is a rather two-dimensional and transparent character clearly seducing her way into Tyrion’s wallet. In the show, however, she’s far more likeable, sympathetic and in season two even became someone we root for. This doesn’t mean she was miscast, only that the way the character is written is vastly different to that of the books…that said, for me at least, it’s absolutely a change for the positive, and adds a lot of value to her relationship with Tyrion.
7. Jon Snow
Of all the characters on the show, Kit Harrington as Jon Snow stands out as the one whose looks least match those of his character. In some ways this is not so much a reflection of his performance as his physique. Jon Snow is described as lithe, slight and agile whereas Robb Stark is strong and broad, yet in the show Kit Harrington’s build is very similar to that of Robb as played by Richard Madden.
Kit’s performance of Jon makes him an extremely sulky, morose bastard (sorry) and while in the books Jon certainly can be a whiny SOB, it’s always been my impression that he is more melancholy than outright miserable. In the show Jon is aggressive, actually embodying much of the anger I’d have hoped to see in Stannis. It also doesn’t help that Kit Harrington looks far too old for the part, even given the fact that the writers intentionally “aged up” all of the child actors. And now I realise I’m just nitpicking, but while I’m at it, I hate the fact that they gave Jon Snow curly hair and a pissy five o’clock shadow of a beard. Lord Snow should have a shock of straight black hair and no fuzz on his chin whatsoever (IMHO)!
8. Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
Where do I begin? Aiden Gillen is a great actor. He knocked it out of the park in HBO’s The Wire as City Councilman turned compromised mayor Tommy Carcetti and long before that he was in Queer as Folk. He was utterly convincing in both roles. Yet when it comes to Littlefinger, Gillen stands out as the sore thumb in a cast of manicured hands. He’s a mystery to many, though unfortunately this often comes across as bad writing and not at all conducive to his book counterpart. He’s written like a bumbling idiot who stumbled into power by some miracle. I have a seriously difficult time in believing that a man who out and out confronts the Queen with the fact that he knows the true parentage of her illegitimate twincest son (never happens in the books) could ever rise to the dizzy heights of a seat on the King’s Council. Worse, he then, barely weeks after the death of her husband, attempts to rekindle a very old flame with Catelyn Stark upon bringing her the bones of her dead husband!
This is a bonehead move the levels of which even Mord the turnkey wouldn’t have ever contemplated, yet here we are being told that one of the chief schemers and councillors in King’s Landing would try and hit on his childhood sweetheart moments after dumping her husband’s bones on her like a sack of shit. Anyone who has read the books would tell you in an instant, this is something the Littlefinger of the book wouldn’t even dream of doing – he’s simply much smarter than that. Yet in the show he’s a thrice-damned fool, and fan podcast A Podcast of Ice and Fire have even branded him Middlefinger in the TV show, so little does he resemble his book counterpart.
I can’t even blame Aiden Gillen that much – to me, his performance is surprisingly stiff and even wooden at times, though the bulk of the blame almost certainly lies with the writers, who either have hugely misinterpreted the character of Petyr Baelish or simply decided to change him. For my money, this role should have been James Frain’s, who played Thomas Cromwell to perfection in Showtime’s The Tudors, but right now Middlefinger is easily the worst offender in Game of Thrones.
How about you, dear reader? Which characters don’t gel with your imagined counterparts? What other differences in the TV show rankled you?
|Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire [Book Review]||6/22/12|
If you're looking for an excuse to return to the world of Game of Thrones, there's a new book due out that might just give you a good reason to re-immerse yourself in Westeros. Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is a compilation of essays, due out June 19, that explores the source material upon which Game of Thrones is based.
You should be able to tell from the title that this book isn't for those who only watch the show: it explores the story all the way through last year's fifth book, A Dance with Dragons. (If you haven't read A Song of Ice and Fire but love Game of Thrones, read the books. They'll only increase your enjoyment of the show.) Beyond the Wall explores the world of Westeros in fourteen essays, each focusing on a different aspect of the series. The results are almost always interesting, and occasionally, revelatory.
I have two favorite entries from Beyond the Wall. Myke Cole's essay "Art Imitates War: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in A Song of Ice and Fire" looks at the horrors experienced by Arya Stark and Theon Greyjoy and describes how their actions after these traumas are accurate portrayals of different types of PTSD. My other favorite essay is "Petyr Baelish and the Mask of Sanity" by Matt Staggs, which points out how Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is actually a textbook psychopath.
Those essays don't change our perceptions of the characters or the events of the stories. We know that Littlefinger's a psychopath, and we know that Arya and Theon are struggling to cope with trauma. What's great about these essays is that they present what we know about these characters in a modern, psychological light. They're also well-written and compelling to read.
There are other essays that deal with broader themes; feminism, romanticism, magic, outcasts, violence. These essays are all great stuff, and for readers who like dissecting the events that occurred before Robert became king, there is an abundance of meat to sink your teeth into.
A few essays are written from an outside point of view. Daniel Abraham writes in "Same Song in a Different Key" about the challenges of adapting the first book into a graphic novel, describing some of the problems that you can be sure the producers of Game of Thrones had. Gary Westfahl writes about the Dunk and Egg prequel stories. John Jos. Miller writes the least interesting piece in the book, "Collecting Ice and Fire in the Age of Nook and Kindle," an essay intended only for die-hard book collectors. The book closes out with Ned Vizzini's essay "Beyond the Ghetto," which contextualizes A Song of Ice and Fire in the realm of the fantasy genre as a whole.
Beyond the Wall is a great read for anyone who loves the books upon which Game of Thrones is based. And, let me say once again, those who haven't read the books, should. And after that, they should read Beyond the Wall.
Beyond the Wall hits shelves on June 19. You can order it over at Amazon.
|'Game of Turkeys': Thanksgiving Twitter Fun for 'Game of Thrones' Fans||11/24/11|
"Thanksgiving is coming" ... 'Game of Thrones' fans have been getting into the Thanksgiving spirit on Twitter this week by creating a world of puns known as 'Game of Turkeys.'
Sadly, 'Game of Thrones' creator George R.R. Martin hasn't joined the fun as he is rather Twitter-averse, but his original words have given rise to some truly hilarious, clever and, at times, just plain weird word play.
From Ned Stark's "If you would take a turkey's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words," through Tyrion Lanister's "A Butterball ALWAYS pays his debts," to Jon Snow's "You baste them with the pointy end," homage is paid to all the classic 'Game of Thrones' lines. Enjoy!
Here's a selection of our favorites so far:
"You know stuffing, Jon Snow!"
"The turkey is of the North. It deserves better than a butcher."
"Mummy, I want to see the bad turkey fly."
"As soon as you've had your blood I'll put a chicken in you. And maybe a duck. Mother says that shouldn't be long."
"When you play the Game of Turkeys, you win or you brine. There is no middle ground."
"And what do we say to the god of death? Not today. Gobble Gobble!"
"Enough, Ned, I'll hear no more. A turkey is a savage beast. Get her a dog, she'll be happier for it."
"Tell Lord Tywin winter is coming for him. Twenty thousand northerners marching south to find out if he really does sh*t gravy."
Check out the full selection at #GameofTurkeys https://twitter.com/#!/search/gameof...
|'Game of Thrones' Teaser Production Trailer Showcases Irish Location||11/24/11|
HBO has released a first-look in production trailer for the highly anticipated upcoming season of ?Game Of Thrones?.
The video includes interviews with executive producers and writers D.B. Weiss (A Golden Crown) and David Benioff (25th Hour, Troy).
It also shows footage from the set of the fantasy. ?Game Of Thrones?, production for the series began in Northern Ireland back in July and it boast such Irish talent such as Fintan McKeown (Merlin, Star Trek; Voyager) and Michael McElhatton (Paths to Freedom, Spin the Bottle).
The series is due to return to the small screen in April of next year.
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...
|First ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 Teaser Reveals Pretty Much Nothing, But We’re Excited Anyway||9/27/11|
|SEASON 2 FIRST TEASER TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frqB1...|
HBO?s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones was such a big hit when it premiered this past spring that the network renewed it for a second season just days after the first episode aired. But it?s been a long three months since the first season ended, and with the advent of the fall TV season, even the most diehard fans probably haven?t thought about the series in quite some time.
In an effort to remind you of just how much you?re looking forward to Season 2, HBO has released a very short new teaser. The video reveals pretty much nothing, aside from what seems to be the marketing slogan for the new season, but I welcome the reminder all the same. Watch it after the jump.
The 17-second teaser not only has no new footage, there?s actually no footage at all, despite the fact that the series has been shooting since earlier this summer. Having read George R.R. Martin?s A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, on which the show is based, I can tell you that the tagline comes from a character who?s new to Season 2 ? the beautiful and mysterious sorceress Melisandre of Asshai (Carice van Houten). However, I have no explanation as to why the voice that?s saying it sounds so Voldemort-esque.
Season 2 of the series will pick up where Season 1 left off, with various characters angling for power in the Seven Kingdoms while supernatural forces approach. In addition, the second season will introduce a host of new characters and locales. Among the actors who?ve been newly cast for Season 2 are:
Nonso Anozie as Xaro Xhoan Daxos
Oona Chaplin as Jeyne ??
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth
Ben Crompton as Dolorous Edd Tollet
Karl Davies as Alton Lannister (character does not exist in the novels, though fans speculate that he may be replacing the book character Cleos Frey)
Oliver Ford Davies as Maester Cressen
Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon
Natalie Dormer as Lady Margaery Tyrell
Roy Dotrice as Hallyne
Ian Hanmore as Pyat Pree
Kerr Logan as Matthos Seaworth
Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy
Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton
Fintan McKeown as Ser Amory Loach
Lucian Msamati as Salladhor Saan
Hannah Murray as Gilly
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne
Robert Pugh as Craster
Carice van Houten as Melisandre of Asshai
Rose Leslie as Ygritte
Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy (called Asha in the books)
Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H?ghar
Much of the Season 1 cast is expected to return as well. I won?t say which ones, lest I give away which characters have perished or become otherwise indisposed, but I will say that the first season starred Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Harry Lloyd, Alfie Allen, Rory McCann, Iain Glen, Jason Momoa, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jack Gleeson, and Peter Dinklage, who recently won an Emmy for his role as Tyrion Lannister.
Here?s the Amazon synopsis for A Clash of Kings, the second volume of Martin?s series and the book upon which the second season of Game of Thrones will be based. Be warned that major spoilers for Season 1 / Book 1 are below ? if you?re not caught up, you?d best avert your eyes.
The Seven Kingdoms have come apart. Joffrey, Queen Cersei?s sadistic son, ascends the Iron Throne following the death of Robert Baratheon, the Usurper, who won it in battle. Queen Cersei?s family, the Lannisters, fight to hold it for him. Both the dour Stannis and the charismatic Renly Baratheon, Robert?s brothers, also seek the throne. Robb Stark, declared King in the North, battles to avenge his father?s execution and retrieve his sister from Joffrey?s court. Daenerys, the exiled last heir of the former ruling family, nurtures three dragons and seeks a way home. Meanwhile the Night?s Watch, sworn to protect the realm from dangers north of the Wall, dwindle in numbers, even as barbarian forces gather and beings out of legend stalk the Haunted Forest.,/i>