I could not help but to keep up with “Game of Thrones” as I found the first episode to be so utterly brilliant, I couldn’t NOT watch. And this show has not let me down with any of its episodes this season. From the beginning right up to the end, following the chain of events in the first book by George R.R. Martin, this has been one of the most faithful adaptations of a novel that I have seen brought to life on television.
And the season finale did not disappoint.
To recap, we started our journey with the Starks in Winterfell. Lord Eddard Stark was asked by King Robert Baratheon to become Hand of the King. Lord Eddard (or Ned, as he is known to his friends and family) begrudgingly agreed, leaving his wife and some of his family behind, only taking his two daughters, Sansa and Arya.
Meanwhile, on the Wall, where Ned’s bastard son is eventually sent to become a guard of the Night’s Watch, supernatural occurrences are beginning to unfold, beginning with the undead coming back to life.
As we’ve seen throughout this season, though, no thing and no character is sacred. From the death of King Robert to the beheading of Eddard Stark to the fatal wounding of Khal Drogo, we watched favorite characters leave the show as quickly as they had arrived onscreen.
For those familiar to the books, we know that this is only the beginning. George R.R. Martin is brutal with his characters. Not only is winter coming, but so is death, and this first season is only a small taste of that. And I, personally, cannot wait to see more.
However, this first season of “Game of Thrones” saw the most amazing occurrence of all at its finale: the birth of the dragons. And although I had read this in the books, I was looking forward to seeing it actually happen on the television series. And it was perfect. I felt the same dark wonder that I had felt when I first read about Daenerys walking into the fire to later appear with the three dragons. Now that is what I call a season finale!
Again, I am most impressed with Maisie Williams for her portrayal of Arya Stark. I cannot wait to see her journey through later seasons of the show. The rest of the cast are also so perfect that I envision them when I’m reading the books.
Also, I must admit geeking out anytime that Natalia Tena is onscreen as Osha, the wildling that befriends Bran Stark. Her part in the Harry Potter films as the beloved Tonks might be small, but her portrayal of that character is very near and dear to my heart.
For those of you who have not read the books, GO READ THEM NOW. Don’t worry about spoilers because HBO has done this series so well that even when you know things are coming while watching the series, you still find yourself as shocked by those things as you will be when you read about it.
I started reading the books just before the series began on HBO and plan to read through the summer to get caught up so that I can read “A Dance With Dragons” when it comes out on July 12th. Yes, a new book out THIS SUMMER. I’m on the 4th book now and hope to start reading the new one the day it comes out.