Game of Thrones – Premier
The highly anticipated Game of Thrones on HBO has premiered and it is everything that I expected and more. The high production value, superb acting and amazing costumes are just the tip of the iceberg for this show as we are given some really adult setup to what will be a cluster-f*ck of amazing proportions as the season progresses. The show was candy for my HDTV with the detail being crisp down to the fluttering snow that dropped on top of the trees. If you missed the premier and are on the ropes about getting HBO in order to see it, I would recommend that you make the jump if Sword and Sorcery is your type of thing.
This episode starts with 3 rangers riding through the snowy north and happening upon some dead bodies. The young man who finds the bodies rides back to report it to his superiors and they make fun of him when they investigate and find nothing. The mysterious woods where the bodies had been conceals the wicked “White Walkers” a race of creature thought extinct. When the young man is the only one to escape, he is branded a deserter and is beheaded by the head of the Stark clan.
Speaking of Starks, we are introduced to them initially with the family being Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark (Sean Bean), Lady Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), and their sons: Robb Stark (Richard Madden), Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and their daughters Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) who is an adorable little tomboy. The family seems honorable enough with Ned playing father and overseeing Bran’s archery and learning. The boy means to impress his father and listens to his brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington) who we find out later on is the bastard son of Ned.
The Starks are the authority of the north and it is Ned that beheads the deserter after learning that the White Walkers were spotted (he doesn’t believe him). After taking off his head Ned explains to Bran that he had to be executioner being that it was his law that was exacted – the old code of he who accuses should also be executioner. It is a quick look at Ned’s character as a man of duty.
On the other side of the country siblings Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) whisper of some secrets as her husband King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) preps to visit his friend Ned in the north. They travel for a month to see Ned and the king greets him in a way that let you know that they were lifelong brothers in arms and loved each other. The queen seems annoyed later on by her husband’s whoring but she isn’t so innocent when we get a shot of her taking it doggie style in a high tower by her own brother… yes they went there. Sadly the adventurous little Bran Stark happened to be climbing on the exterior of their tower and hears her moaning only to walk in on the incestful sex. His curiosity is rewarded by Ser Jaime tossing his 10 yr old body several stories down to the hard earth.
Sigh only episode one and we have brother and sister sex going on…
Speaking of siblings crossing the line, we are shown one Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) and his sister Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), two platinum blonde elf-types that are exiled from their kingdom. Viserys is an ambitious young pimp of a bastard who finds it okay to whore his sister out to a race of Barbarians (heh the only people of color on the show) whose methods of coitus is based on rape and animality. The reason for her being betrothed to the barbarian king Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) is because of Drogo’s massive army that could help the Targaryen’s reclaim their country and throne from the invaders. Viserys takes no issue with the mistreatment of his sister who allows him to scan her naked body (honey was thick and sexy), and remarks that he would whore her out to 10,000 barbarians in order to reclaim his throne. Ya basically I hate the bastard and when Drogo marries her and takes her on an island to spin her around and stick it in, you really feel sorry for her as a damaged woman.
So let’s do the math, Ned is now to leave his lordship to become the “hand of the king”, (basically his consigliere) and the king’s wife is taking her brother’s penis behind his back. The queen’s lover and brother killed Ned’s son and it won’t be long before they find out. Across the sea the Targayen’s have married into the barbarian culture in order to win an army for their own reasons and the White Walkers are back. This episode was way too short and I really wished that HBO had granted us a 2 hour premier. In any event this show is amazing and sexy enough to keep me coming back. I look forward to the rest and having not read the books, each ep should be a surprising turn for me of which I look forward to. I just hope the savage black women are limited to this episode or that will end up pissing me off sooner than later.