Airdate: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is coming, with kings and queens, knights and renegades, and liars and noblemen.

Showcase adds to its impressive stock of dramas with the Australian premiere of the 10 part US cable drama, Game of Thrones.

Based on the series of books “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones stars Sean Bean and follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power.

It begins with a double episode, followed by single episodes, also stars Lena Headey and Jason Momoa.

In a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, trouble is brewing. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and the ancient Wall that protects the realm from the darkness beyond, two powerful families are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

As betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms, their bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences.

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, the new series Game of Thrones launches its ten-episode season on Sunday July 17, exclusively on showcase. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are executive producers and writers of the show, which was shot at the Paint Hall Studio in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as at various locations in Northern Ireland and Malta.

Game of Thrones follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power. As the series opens, King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) who is married to Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) of the wealthy and corrupt Lannisters, asks Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark (Sean Bean) to come south and help run his kingdom after the questionable death of his right-hand man. Meanwhile, there is a threat to the throne from the east by the exiled teenage Princess Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) whose family ruled the Kingdoms for many years before their bloody ouster. And there are rumours of strange things happening at the edge of the Kingdoms, north of the Wall, where Jon Snow (Kit Harington) Ned’s bastard son, goes to be part of the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, which is sworn to protect the Kingdoms.

It Premieres Sunday 17 July, 8.30pm

12 Responses

  1. The Song of Ice and Fire is an excellent series of books and I was very happy to see that they are being true to the material. The narritive mentioned by another poster above is excatly what is lacking from so many modern shows. It shows in the quality of this show how much we are potentially missing by not demanding higher quality programming and writing in all our television shows.

    HBO has been consistantly bringing out these gems in the recent past and should be supported as much as we can to enable future programming to meet the standards we have come to expect from them.

  2. Definitely the best new TV show for quite a few years.

    Never a dull or wasted moment. Being based on a book really shows with how the strong narrative always pushes forward while the characters and stories remain consistent. It’s just a level above the writing that you normally get on TV shows. All due to it being thought out in the book.

    It really is brilliant!

  3. @Davis: I’m pretty sure Ararat was referring to the very final event at the end of the first episode, rather than the sex scenes, although the incestuous stuff is a bit much IMO.

    Anyway I tuned out of this series after episode two. Too many horrible things happening to young children. That might have been how it was in the middle ages but I’m not interested in watching shit like that. I’ll stick with Breaking Bad, the new season of which starts in two months’ time.

  4. As is expected of an HBO show there is gratuitous nudity, violence, and an enthralling storyline. I for one enjoy the debauchery – those with weaker stomachs should instead mark on their calendars the arrival of “The Block” or some similar channel 9 creative programming endeavour.

  5. Ararat – there’s full-frontal male nudity, a good amount further female nudity and reasonably explicit “lesbian” sex in future episodes. But its really good [despite this].

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