Exciting, emotional and ever so slightly bloody in places, Game of Thrones is a show you don't want to miss.
Based on George R.R Martin’s epic fantasy series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire‘, HBO’s Game of Thrones has fast become a worldwide phenomenon. It’s heady mix of deception, death and dragons in the lands of Westeros have proved immensely popular with audiences and critics alike. Four seasons in, and the main Houses – Stark, Lannister and Targaryen – still remain in a fascinating flux of action and conflict, as they navigate a world that is both expanding and shrinking in the ever-intensifying fight for the Iron Throne. But David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s book-to-screen adaptation of the intertwining character plots is only one element of the show’s brilliance.
The show has also recieved plaudits – and awards – for it’s breathtaking cinematography, it’s gorgeous costuming and of course, the stellar acting produced by it’s incredible ensemble cast. Though the cast includes a whole host of talent – ranging from rising British actors (Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer and Kit Harington) to veteran thespians (Charles Dance and Dame Diana Rigg) – the real ‘star’ of the show is Peter Dinklage. For his portrayal of the witty, but cruelly victimised dwarf Tyrion Lannister, Dinklage recieved both an Emmy and a Golden Globe in 2011, and has been a key contender in nominations since.
Looking ahead at the show’s fifth season – which is set to be broadcast on Sky Atlantic in April – the narrative will continue using material from the fourth and fifth novels in Martin’s saga; ‘A Feast for Crows‘ and ‘A Dance with Dragons‘. Given it’s immense popularity, dedicated fandom and incomplete status (Martin still has at least two more books to write), there can be no doubt that Game of Thrones is a show that is going nowhere fast. Thankfully, it’s longevity is overruled by the compelling nature of it’s multi-faceted story – complete with the controversial but realistic blend of nudity, sex and violence amongst the fantasy.
Game Of Thrones is set to return to Sky Atlantic in April 2015.