Usually, TV shows are considered the inferior relatives of their greater predecessors, movies. In this case, fortunately, it is not so. Game of Thrones, Season 1, an original HBO series, took the world by storm.
Quality. Game of Thrones is not an average TV show with some grainy images and unrealistic scenes usually seen on TV. HBO makes its mark with Season 1, with a budget of $60 million, making it the most expensive and definitely one of the largest productions out there, period. There is no weakness in this one. It boasts quality and a perfection rarely seen, even in movies.
With quality on the checklist, we move on to the actual content. Based on the series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, adapted to HBO by D. B. Weiss and David Benioff, Game of Thrones is beautifully complete, full of intrigue and passion, devoid of unnecessary dialogue, every scene crucial and important to the development of character and plot.
Cast includes some of the greatest, underrated, undiscovered actors and actresses of the industry: Lena Headey as the ruthless Cersei, Emilia Clarke as the Khaleesi Daenerys, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Sean Bean as Eddard Stark, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion the Imp, Carice van Houten as the sorceress Melisandre, etc.
Whereas most series fall out after Season 1, Game of Thrones: Season 2 is the only work to ever meet and exceed my expectations and initial prejudices. It counts as one of the greatest works seen in a long while, may it never fall from its glory. Game of Thrones is a TV series, yet it ranks among the greatest works ever made.
Game of Thrones Season One was a 9.0/10.
Game of Thrones Seasons Two, so far, is a 9.3/10. Check in as the Season unfolds!