Game of Thrones Analysis Episode 1 Season 1 “Winter is coming” and Certain Characters

Posted: April 17, 2012 by mac5518 in Game of Thrones Season 1

Game of Thrones is a fantasy novel that largely takes place in the mythical realm known as Westeros.  It is commonly confused as the title of the entire series, but is actually the first book of the series A Song of Ice and Fire.  In the first season HBO producers and directors surprisingly followed rather closely to the actual story in the book.  Like in the prologue of the book, the series greets the audience with the men of the night’s watch who patrol the enormous northern “wall” and protect the realm from what lies beyond.  The series opens following a patrol of rangers, the main force behind the night’s watch, who encounter a legendary and mythical creature known as the “others” in the books commonly referred to as the white walkers in the series.   This initial scene is extremely effective in drawing in the audience while serving as a gateway to introduce the other main characters in the series. One of the most powerful contributions Game of Thrones offers to its avid followers is a complete and well casted crew of actors.

Sean Bean who plays Lord Eddard Stark  is no stranger to a medieval lord.  He once played the character Boromir of Gondor in Lord of the Rings.  His description in the book is very similar to the appearance displayed in the first episode.  He is described as broad faced, stern man with a long jaw and demanding appearance.  In the first episode we see his harsh but prudent approach to life where he makes his son, Bran, a mere child of 10 witness an execution of a deserter of the nights watch.  The Starks were once kings in the “North”, and can trace their descent from Brendon the Builder and the Kings of Winter, but have long since pledged their loyalty to the Iron Throne king once dominated by House Targaryen and now House Baratheon and House Lannister  .  Their sigil is a grey direwolf on an ice-white field. As seen below Sean Bean naturally fills this character’s role.

 

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