When HBO premiered the first season of "Game of Thrones," the highly anticipated adaptation of George R.R. Martin's immense fantasy saga (A Song of Fire and Ice), it was an instant success with critics and viewers. Lush, brutal, complex--this was epic storytelling made for an adult audience that required patience, attention, and commitment. Nominated for thirteen Emmy awards (among many other accolades), "Game of Thrones" proves that TV doesn't have to dumb things down or play to the lowest common denominator. To bring this massive story to the screen, certain liberties were taken with the source material but that's undoubtedly to be expected on a project so large. Thankfully, though, the creators and HBO did not approach things halfheartedly. Multi-layered and ambitious, this sprawling tale charts a powerful story of intrigue, political machinations, and violence amidst the brutal landscape of a nation divided. To do justice to the novel's intricacies required a massive cast, extensive period sets and costumes, lavish effects and a focused and intelligent screenplay. "Game of Thrones" has all that and much more.
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Edited by Contributoer, July 04 2013 - 06:00 PM.