The rule of thumb is that pretty much every HBO show will be near perfection. Other facts are that every Valve game will be mind-blowing and Michael Bay films will be half slow-mo.
Fantasy has never been that 'cool' or mainstream apart from the Lord of the Rings films but leave it up to HBO give it the HBO tit-fest treatment and make the genre badass.
Sean Bean is criminally under-rated and I will watch anything that he graces. Sharpe needs to be shown in schools, it would make double history just that little more bare-able. It was a shame his character, Boromir, had to die in the first Lord of the Rings film as the character was cooler than Aragorn.
Game of Thrones is 'adult' and by that, I don't mean an hour long sex fest. It is an intricate plot and is pretty much the swords version of The West Wing and The Sopranos. Instead of point haired pussies running around, we get a hardcore Bioware RPG on the screen. The viewer is treated as an adult and if they watch with care, they are treated some of the coolest moments on TV (golden crown anyone?).
The slow pace can drag at times but may I remind you that the best show ever on television, The Wire, went at a snails pace.
The show has, as far as I can tell, almost no CGI. Apart from the spell-binding titles and the castle in the sky, the sprawling sets have an air of realism and look just like a proper medieval village. Then again, it does not really need trolls and ogres to thrill and excite, a face which makes it all that better, that adult nature of a proper grown up story.
After such the disappointing Merlin which had so much potential but only if they did not make it a replacement for when Doctor Who is off the air.
I did consider reading the novels before this aired but I chose not to as I wanted to enjoy the show at face value and the prospect of being disappointed after reading the source material was one I did not want to face.
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