Game of Thrones

One of the most popular shows on television right now is a series on HBO called Game of Thrones. The series started in 2011 and quickly became a crowd favorite on Sunday nights. It is an adaptation of author George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series. With three different story lines woven into the plot, there’s certainly never a dull moment. Although it is heralded as being very dark and at times, violent, those warnings have just served to increase viewers as more people get drawn into the intricate story lines. It seems that Americans can just not get enough of this fantasy drama.

One of the most loved (and hated) characters is Joffrey, Queen Cersei’s eldest son. He does do some truly despicable things, such as kill his fiance’s father. The reason for that death is due to the fact that the man knew Joffrey’s real heritage. Yes, he is the son of a queen, but King Robert was not his father. Instead, he is the product of a twisted and incestuous love affair between the queen and her twin brother, Ser Jaime Lannister.

The tagline “winter is coming” is a term that describes the fact that the decades long summer is coming to an end – maybe in more ways than one. Fighting for the throne is an epic battle that involves different families, pitting loved ones and friends against each other. One of the main families in the midst of everything are the Starks, whose patriarch is best friends with the queen’s husband. The twists and turns of this family are also interesting, including the fact that Ned’s illegitimate son Jon Snow serves in the Night’s Watch, a military faction that guards the Wall.

As the fourth season starts on this epic series, the curiosity continues to grow. So do the accolades, as this show has won numerous prestigious awards and has been nominated for countless others. Some critics and viewers have blasted some of the more violent seasons, but those who love the show insist that it adds to the authenticity of the times. Either way, the series has become an instant classic in the fickle land of television, much like the books did for the readers.