With the Wheels of Season 6 beginning to turn, now is a good time to go back to the beginning and see how this famous TV series started off. If you wish to see other GOT Season reviews, then click on my home page and look for the season you wish to visit.
The story is about Several noble families fighting for control of the mythical land of Westeros, including the Starks, the Lannisters, and the Baratheons.
As this 1st season got under way, people were skeptical, because surely a fantasy show with so much violence, foul language and nudity would fall at the first hurdle, but they were wrong; so very very wrong...
Eddard 'Ned' Stark
Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, Ned Stark is the head of a powerful house, the Starks, and is told by Robert Baratheon to go to King's Landing to act as hand of the king, a duty which he reluctantly accepts. Eventually, he is betrayed by the Kingsguard after King Robert's untimely death.
Eddard Stark is the perfect example of an honorable man. A man who constantly seeks to do the right thing, which often means compromising his own desires.
Sean Bean does a great job at bringing a noble character onto the small screen. It's such a shame that another one of Sean Bean's characters die at the end.
King of Westeros after winning the rebellion and crushing the Targaryen dynasty, Robert quickly settles into life as a glorified king. He then lives out his days whoring, drinking and occasional hunting, up until the point where he is fatally wounded by a boar, and dies in his bed.
King Robert Baratheon is a fairly good example of how not to be a king of Westeros. He attends 3 small council meetings in 17 years, and instead spent his days drinking himself into an early grave.
Mark Addy gives a good performance playing King Robert Baratheon. Its a shame that we could not see his character devolop through Mark Addy's acting abilities.
The bastard of Winterfell who has so many viable theories surrounding his parentage. As an outsider in the Stark family, he decides to give the rest of his life to the Nights Watch, a group who occupy the wall and protect the seven kingdoms from Wildings and White Walkers. As a man of the Nights Watch, Jon Snow learns how to lead by learning how to follow. He is put to the test by being the Lord Commander's steward, something Jon Snow feels is below him.
Jon Snow himself is a mysterious character as only a few people know of his parentage, if he is a Stark, a Targaryen, or both. But it does not sway him to much due to his motivation to join the nights watch. Which emits positive rays throughout the season.
The role of Jon Snow is Kit Harrington's first major role, and it certainly shows. Despite his improvement in later seasons, Kit Harrington seemed a bit stale when he played Jon Snow. Sometimes even emotionless which took away from his character. But the thrill of the character outweighs the slight acting faults.
The only surviving child of King Aerys Targaryen, who lost the Iron Throne during Robert's Rebellion. Daenerys lived in exile in Essos, until she was sold into marriage to the Dothraki Khal Drogo; the two gradually fell in love, but she lost her husband and stillborn son. Her marriage to Drogo and interaction with the Dothraki people gives her the confidence and strength to lead and the belief in herself as the rightful queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
What makes Dany so special is she is the rightful Queen to the seven kingdoms, and she shows it. In the second half of the season, she displays her potential strength and decision-making skills.
Just like Kit Harrington, this is Emilia Clarke's first major role. It took a few episodes for her to get into her stride, but once she did, she brought out a great character through good acting abilities.
You Win or You Die - Ep 7
In this episode, this is where Robert Baratheon gets fatally wounded and dies in his bed chamber. This causes a horrifying chain of events due to Ned Stark believing that Stannis Baratheon is the rightful heir, whilst Cersei and Joffrey whole heatedly disagree, believing Joffrey to be the rightful heir.
A major part of this is when Ned acts out his duties as Hand of the King and commands the guards to take Joffrey and Cersei back to their chambers. Unfortunately the Lord Commander of the City Watch, Janos Slynt, betrays Ned Stark and kills all of his men in the throne room and puts Ned Stark in a cell.
This episode is also pivotal because it raises the curtains for Tywin Lannister, father to Jaime, Cersei and Tyrion, to enter the show. The richest, and most powerful man in Westeros.
Baelor - Ep 9
In the Penultimate episode, this is where we witness the execution of Lord Eddard Stark, after being accused of treason. During the time he was in a cell, Varys attempted to convince Ned Stark to swear fealty to the new King, Joffrey. Ned refuses to do so as he is convinced that Joffrey is not the rightful heir.
During this episode, Robb declares war against the Lannisters after they accuse Ned Stark of treason, and uses a very complex battle strategy in order to wipe half of the Lannister army and capture the King-Slayer, Jaime Lannister.
Also in this episode, we see how conflicted Jon Snow is when given the choice of staying in the nights watch, or joining Robb in the war.
Fire & Blood - Ep 10
In the final episode of the season, we witness the aftermath of Ned Stark's death, including Robb Stark upping the ferocity of his forces in revenge for how the Lannisters treated Ned Stark.
Also, after the battle in the previous episode, the northerners deny having Renly, Stannis or Joffrey as their ruler. Instead they name Robb Stark 'King in the North', With his mothers acceptance.
Also in this episode, Tywin assigns Tyrion to be acting hand of the king before Tywin comes home from the war. Tyrion takes this as a huge compliment, and intends to fix Kings Landing
The main positive of this show is the story. It is so detailed and flawless that it adds more reality to the characters, therefore making it more intriguing. There is so much history with these characters, there is no outright bad guy, and everyone has their good and bad qualities.
And that fact that each episode was tense it its own way, with rarely any fighting in it. That's when you know that you have a great story for the audience. There was no outright weak link here.
Another positive is the fantastic acting. Most of the cast fully commit to their characters and it certainly translates through onto our TVs!
My one and only negative of this Series is that I felt that they focused too much on backstory and talking about the past. I do feel it necessary to touch on a character's past as it is such a large world that we are in. But when they do it so much that it becomes filler time, then it gets rather annoying.
Other than that, there are no major negatives that I can give this season.
Game of Thrones Season 1 gives us a well balanced glimpse of how great this show is set to become, with a perfect cast and high production value. Each episode is like watching a movie, full of color, light and a deluge of scenes to stimulate the senses.
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