Game of Thrones Season 1: Episode 1 – ‘Winter is Coming’

As we count down eagerly to the start of Season 2, we’re going back into the archives to provide detailed opinion pieces on each episode from Season 1, courtesy of our good friends at

Here’s an excerpt from the Season 1, Episode 1 review by Adam Spunberg. These were written immediately after the episodes aired, so you might enjoy the fresh perspective. You can read the FULL REVIEW by clicking HERE!

There’s been only one episode of the much-anticipated Game of Thrones, but so far we have every indication that this is one of those EXTRAORDINARY series – the kind where you watch each episode multiple times and count the days with measles-itch impatience.

Game of Thrones is the kind of show that inspires you to say, in unison with everyone else who has given it a taste: “It’s not TV. It’s HBO!”

Production: The sets have been magnificent, as if out of a sweeping, big-picture epic. In the north we have Winterfell, which oozes snow and frost amid a feudalist castle. Most of the Episode 1 focus is in that outpost, but we also experience the land where the king hails from and other places, all equally dazzling to the eye.

Acting: First-rate all around. Sean Bean is his normal self – which is to say excellent – but it is hard to pick fault with any performance. HBO seems to round up stellar actors every single time and cast them perfectly, with Game of Thrones being no exception. The children were especially good, something you can’t always count on in these productions. One actress to keep an eye on: Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen with a solitary beauty. I was particularly captivated by the way she hid her emotions, expressing herself internally behind silver hair and solemn eyes (think Naomi Watts at the beginning of King Kong. Beauty and resigned sadness can be a spellbinding combination).

Script: Never too forced or overdone, creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss allow the suspenseful stories to play out without inserting too much DNA. Think of The Lord of the Rings’ soft touch, with sprinkles of great dialogue mixed about in small doses.

Read the full review HERE!


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