Game of Thrones: Series 2 review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last three years you are bound to have heard of the Song of Ice and Fire television adaptation, for those who haven’t however you really don’t know what you’re missing!
Based on the epic fantasy book series by George R.R Martin Game of Thrones second season is the on screen adaptation of the second novel in the series, Clash of Kings. The series returns to the North, King’s Landing, Dragon Stone and the Wall and continues to follow the Starks, the Lannisters, King Stannis and Daenerys Targaryen.
As a fan of the novels I was somewhat apprehensive about watching Game of Thrones when it first began airing in 2011, having watched all of the show so far however now my only concern is when Martin intends to release the next book as the show has only whetted my appetite even more.
For those who like their fantasy serious and epic then Game of Thrones is perfect for you, with a healthy dose of violence production studio HBO have done their utmost to keep the show as close to the books as possible; and with the wonderfully sharp tongued dwarf, Tyrion Lannister, there’s also a smattering of comedy just to take the edge off.
The cast is fantastic; Peter Drinklage as Tyrion utterly steals the show however, playing the character to a T whilst also leaving his own indelible mark. The rest of the cast, the gorgeous and rugged Stark boys Robb and Jon, the imperious Sarah Conner – I mean Cersei Lannister and the stunning Emilia Clark as the strong but astute Princess Daenerys, are also fabulous choices. The show, though it’s costumes, special effects and sets are appropriately busty, awe inspiring and impressive, would be nothing without its cast and it them entirely that make the show such a success.
The series balances darkness and heroism with mystery and (a lot of) sex, culminating in a must watch show that is infamous for its edge of seat story and cliff hanger endings. For those who enjoy such films as Lord of the Rings and are looking for something to tide them over until the second part of the Hobbit trilogy is released this Christmas, Game of Thrones comes highly recommended.