“Game of Thrones” is a new fantasy series coming to HBO in 2011, and a show that could become the networks latest huge hit. “Game of Thrones” is based on a fantasy-book series that was written by George R.R. Martin, and it is about to get the big time treatment by one of the few networks that could do it right. The interest in the series has already been building amongst fan sites, but as they get ready to finally premiere the series in the spring of 2011, television viewers are starting to become more aware that the show is coming.
HBO has already been working on advertising “Game of Thrones” during its other big shows, including “Boardwalk Empire”, which is also finding quite a bit of success on the network. By being on a network like HBO, it also means that there are almost no rules for the presentation of the show, and they don’t have to worry about advertisers when it comes to plugging the show over and over again. What HBO executives are obviously hoping for, is that the buzz for “Game of Thrones” eventually gets even more people to subscribe to HBO, and stick with it in their cable plan as the series finally begins.
The first book in the fantasy series was called “A Game of Thrones”, and it came out back in 1996 from fantasy writer George R.R. Martin. The series itself was called “A Song of Ice and Fire”, and has been compared to “The Lord of The Rings” in quite a favorable fashion. The first four books have already been released, but maybe the most interesting facet of this television series, is that the back-story is still being written and released by Martin. He still has three forthcoming novels in the series, which could continue to provide great source material for the show.
In order to make a story like this one work, they will have to present it in an almost epic fashion, with many different main characters carrying out stories simultaneously. In that way it is a lot like “Lord of the Rings”, where the characters carry out their own sub-stories, but eventually cross paths with each other. This is a series that will take one step further though, as there is a lot of humor, sex, and intrigue that will set up the subplots as the show progresses. The show will most likely try to separate itself from comparisons to the Tolkien efforts, and it has never been hard for true fans of the book series to do just that.
Sean Bean is probably the name that stands out the most from the current cast (he plays Eddard Stark), but some of the other actors and actresses should become household names as soon as the show begins. They include Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Lena Headey as Queen Cersei, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, and Mark Addy as King Robert Bareatheon, just to name a few. Having Bean in the cast will also add to the similarities between “Rings” and “Thrones”, but once viewers take in the first episode, those similarities will be left to the side.
If you have to boil everything down to just one simple concept, “Game of Thrones” is a show about the battle for the throne, and how it affects all the characters in the land. The show will debut in the spring of 2011, so if you really want to learn more about the series, you can still pick up the first four books that were released in order to see what you think about what’s to come. Either way, HBO is putting a lot of money behind this endeavor, and all HBO viewers should expect a non-stop barrage of promotions in order to get the word out that “Game of Thrones” is coming.