Should I be watching Game of Thrones?

  Forum Editor 17:21 29 Mar 2015

I haven't seen a single episode, but I'm beginning to feel as if I'm the only person in the UK who hasn't.

What's so great about it?

  Brumas 17:30 29 Mar 2015

FE I have watched every episode and look forward to this series to find out exactly what is going on again. I am not eloquent enough to sing its praises but I find the storyline fascinating and unpredictable, the locations and special effects mesmerising, the cast really talented and sharp and the overall package unique.

  OTT_B 18:34 29 Mar 2015

I tried watching it once (1st episode) and got bored after 10 minutes. May be I should give it another go......or not!

  carver 18:45 29 Mar 2015

You have to be able to enjoy fantasy and just immerse yourself in the story line.

What are you missing, difficult question as you have to watched some of the previous episodes to appreciate the plot.

  morddwyd 19:03 29 Mar 2015

Tried it once and saw a small boy watching a naked couple thrashing around and decided it was not for me.

  john bunyan 19:29 29 Mar 2015

I will also follow advice from morddwyd and spider9

I prefer "faction" of a similar genre such as Pillars of the Earth or Cadfael.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:34 29 Mar 2015

Read the books years ago

reread the books (kindle version) when the series first started,series is quite close to the books in first two series at least.

A deep and convoluted story line makes it a fascinating read or watch. Story can be quite hard to follow and even the ones you think of as "heros" get killed off sooner or later.

Everybody is in the series, worth watching just to spot the stars. Its a fantasy if you liked the hobbit / Lord of the rings then you should enjoy this.

  Aitchbee 20:55 29 Mar 2015

... haven't seen it - probably isn't on freeview - is it?

  wee eddie 21:47 29 Mar 2015

No TV here. I've watched a couple of episodes on iPlayer. First class SiFi Fantasy. Script and characters somewhat derivative.

I'd leave it until you retire and can't be bothered to play another round of golf!

  rickf 22:31 29 Mar 2015

" Better call Saul" is excellent. "Bloodline" is also very good. I have not seen Game of Thrones also. Somehow not a genre I fancy.

  Quickbeam 00:57 30 Mar 2015

You'll not make head nor tail of it by watching from the new series FE. As Fruit Bat /\0/\ points out, it's an incredibly complex and diverse story and we're 3/4 into it now.

But if you like historical fiction you might well like the books which are extremely well written as the author has a very good knowledge of medieval lifestyle and court conniving and knightly cruelty to be able to write such a convincing story.

Compared to Tolkien's charmful Edwardian writing, it's very modern and grittily written. The violence is violent, the sex is base, the evil characters are truly evil, and the honourable characters are cruelly honourable. It's Shakespeare with grit!

The world he creates has four major religions, several different cultures that you can relate to in the real world of the last two millennia and is based in a long country like Britain with a 700ft high wall of ice (where Hadrian's wall is I reckon) to keep out the dark menace beyond that is only just starting to come to the fore.

With most books you find that the initial strong characters will always make it to the end. With RR Martin, you find yourself stunned and gutted that he can lose a dozen or more big characters regularly along the way. In this coming series those that haven't read it will be so gutted by who will die next... very bloodily.

It is without doubt the best and most believable fantasy writing since The Lord of the Rings.

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