…was fantastic. The thing about GAME OF THRONES is that I find it to be way too complicated for me to sit down and recap every week. That being said, I am ultra-stoked that it’s back on and equally excited that THE WALKING DEAD is now out of the way for me to devote Sunday evening in its entirety to GAME OF THRONES. Consider it the closest thing I have to a religious experience ten weeks out of the year.
I love the perspective that GAME OF THRONES comes from. Most people I would assume expect an action packed 300 or GLADIATOR-style swordfest but it’s quite the opposite. The most apt description might be a ‘medieval-era political thriller’. The large scale battles are more-or-less relegated to background noise in favor of individuals and their stories. The scene in the premiere between Tyrion Lannister (PETER DINKLAGE) and his father Lord Tywin Lannister (CHARLES DANCE) was outstanding and perfectly showcases the raw talent brought by both the actors and the script.
I have never hated a character on television more than King Joffrey (played perfectly by JACK GLEESON) and I have never rooted for a character more and been so shocked in a plot twist than season 1’s Ned Stark (SEAN BEAN, obviously I never read the books…). The show is very abusive to its supposed ‘main characters’ and is in no hurry to rectify any of its storylines. One would assume those would be bad things, but I assure you it makes for one of the best shows ever to be on TV.
The premiere of season 3 drew the biggest crowd the show has seen yet with a total of 4.4 million viewers in the 9:00 hour. And that’s up .2 mil from the season 2 finale which held the previous record and up 500k from season 2’s premiere. No wonder why HBO gave the official season 4 renewal almost immediately. Shows like this need to be on TV in greater numbers, and it’s exciting to see the shift towards fantasy/horror happening on a much more frequent basis.
To add to the record books, the season premiere episode also drew an epic amount of piracy from download sites like torrentfreak. According to an article over at techcrunch, it is estimated that more than one million people pirated the episode in less than 24 hours. The last record download was the season premiere of the show HEROES (to put it in a bit of perspective). Interesting to note that HBO almost seems to embrace the buzz that piracy creates instead of attack it head on which is a pretty stark departure from many litigation-happy entertainment giants out there nowadays. Does the piracy truly help? By the looks of it, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
Again to appeal to the MWTVG masses: Watch this show. Upgrade to HBO for the two and a half months that it airs and you will not be disappointed. In doing so, you can catch the prior two seasons on HBO GO and start to get into TRUE BLOOD while you’re at it.