A Song of Ice and Fire


Kurtis Newton, Writer

George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” was brought to the screen as HBO sank its considerable storytelling teeth into the medieval fantasy epic. It’s the depiction of four powerful families — kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men — playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and to sit atop the Iron Throne as the true and rightful rulers.

The show’s consistent quality and attention to detail is what enthralls me the most, with every scene, costume, and moment bringing the show closer to its finish. By now, the musical score is so recognizable it stands with the likes of “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones.”

The show hooks you in right away, with the first episode, “Winter is Coming” establishing the mighty protagonists from each of the four houses: Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) and his children, Robert Baratheon( Mark Addy) , Cersei (Lena Heady) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

With such amount of characters and their stories to be told, you would think this show would tumble bouncing around from story to story; however, it’s the complete opposite.

Each character’s story is one you find yourself invested in, whether it’s the Stark’s passion for honor, the hatred for the Lannister’s evil ways, or the Baratheons’ bloodthirst… this show has everything you want.

The dialogue is the key to the show’s ultimate success. The show began to lose my interest towards the later seasons as the screenwriters didn’t use the books as inspiration, and some of the books have yet to be released. However, the dialogue is crisp and unique through seasons 1-5, keeping me intrigued even if the scene is just as simple as sitting around the table; every scene mattered, even when the plot seemed to flag.

Toward the latter, it started feeling like any other show you would watch on tv, a drastic shift from great dialogue to average which actually made the show boring and hard to continue watching. While I blame some of that on having no books to draw inspiration from (while the brilliant Martin is in the midst of writing the last two books), it is true that the build of the plot toward the climactic episodes could have been done more skillfully from most artistic points of view.

However, Game of Thrones was more than just a simple show. For many (myself included) it’s a passion. I spent two years of my life devoted to watching and anticipating characters’ next moves; the quality may have slightly decreased toward the end but that does not stop my love for the first five seasons covering perceived shortages in quality.

Though it is officially over, Game of Thrones is here to stay; whether or not it ended as well as it started, it revolutionized the concept of a simple ‘good TV show’ and its impact will live on to the end of time.