Game of Thrones
Just to confuse you, ‘Winter is Coming’ – well in Game of Thrones world it is, even though it’s Spring here! Game of Thrones has gone from being the preserve of the cast of The Big Bang Theory to like, the coolest, thing, like ever. A friend of mine, who would never have touched the […]
Just to confuse you, ‘Winter is Coming’ – well in Game of Thrones world it is, even though it’s Spring here!
Game of Thrones has gone from being the preserve of the cast of The Big Bang Theory to like, the coolest, thing, like ever.
A friend of mine, who would never have touched the George R.R. Martin books with a barge pole, has avidly watched the series and tongue in cheek called it the Game of Hotties (not suggesting that’s a reason to watch it!)
Some advice to start off with –
Don’t get too attached to any character… George R.R. Martin is famous for his attitude towards causing his fans grief and laughing at their attempts to guess the inevitable outcome – he himself has revealed that his overall plan for the series is for the scene to close on snow falling across a field of tombstones….
An idea of what it’s all about -
Game of Thrones is set in the fantasy world of Westeros, which is made up of seven kingdoms ruled from the Iron Throne in the main city of Kings Landing. There are a number of powerful aristocratic families or houses vying for the Iron Throne of Westeros –Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Tyrell and Targaryen – as well as many minor houses who support the more powerful families. Each of the families have mottos and sigils or crests which makes them easily identifiable to both their allies and their enemies. These sigils range from direwolves to golden roses to (gruesomely) a flayed man.
The story revolves around the power struggle between the Lannisters, the Starks, the Baratheons and the exiled Targaryens to gain the throne of Westeros. This struggle is known as the Game of Thrones and is mostly resolved with swords and the help of dire wolves – it’s a game, as one pivotal character notes, in which ‘…you win or you die’ (Cersei Lannister, Season 1 Episode 3) The historical basis for the series is the British War of the Roses, in which a number of claimants vied for the throne of England.
Be warned, characters arrive and depart without warning and even the most important and beloved of them can be killed off at a moment’s notice. For those of you who have seen The Red Wedding you’ll know what we are talking about! The series is devious, funny, featuring loads of twists, intrigue and an unbelievable amount of betrayals and backstabbing (literally).
Another warning – this is not a series to watch with Granny!! Viewers constantly remark that while watching alone the storyline is quite tame but as soon as someone else walks into the room, there is guaranteed to be an immediate compromising moment onscreen.
Where to start your Game of Thrones viewing and reading –
Seasons One to Four available in the libraries now on boxset – warning – do not watch back-to-back over a weekend as adapting to the real world afterwards is too difficult!!
Books and talking books are also available in your local library. Season Four of the TV series is due for release the end of February and Season Five is on TV starting on April 12 in the USA. It’s screened by HBO and the writers and producers have confirmed that there will be 7 seasons to match the 7 books. It’s not necessary to have read the books as the series producers are becoming notorious for changing the storyline and cutting out book characters which is upsetting the book readers.
The series is filmed in diverse locations including Northern Ireland, Croatia, Malta, Iceland and Morocco.
There is a strong Irish presence in the cast which includes Aidan Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Jack Gleeson, Ian McElhinney, Michael McElhatton and Michelle Fairley – if you don’t recognise the names you will probably recognise the faces. There are a number of British, European and US actors also, as the series has one of the largest casts ever used in a TV series.
Filming for the fifth season began in July 2014 in Belfast and ended in December 2014. Locations in Northern Ireland included the cliff edge of Binevenagh Mountain, the Dark Hedges and Dunluce Castle. There is now a thriving trade in scenic tours to Northern Ireland which visit a number of the locations used for filming. In addition, there is a Game of Thrones Exhibition which was on display at a number of venues across the US and Europe including Belfast last year and offered visitors the chance to sit on a replica of the Iron Throne.
Here is a final and very important piece of advice for those of you just starting out watching Game of Thrones – there will be spoilers everywhere online so if you don’t want to know what happens down the line, don’t Google anything about Game of Thrones!
By Rush Library Bloggers
(with a HUGE contribution from….Aileen Gallagher)