Saturday, June 18, 2011

What to Watch Out For: HBO's Game of Thrones - Season Finale on 6/19

I'll admit I am a relative newcomer to the Song of Ice & Fire, a series of historical fiction novels penned by George R.R. Martin, a man who has been referenced as the American Tolkien. It wasn't until late October 2010 that I picked up "A Game of Thrones" for the first time (via my ipad, no less - A Game of Thrones is the first novel in the series).

I was hooked. Four novels spanning over 4,000 pages in total came and went with remarkable alacrity. And then in mid April of 2011, HBO began airing their television adaptation of the first novel to wide critical acclaim.

I mentioned this in a previous post, but I'll say it again: It's good. Watch it.

Tomorrow marks the season finale of this gut-wrenching, political thriller of a television series. My only wish is that I could somehow erase my knowledge of what happens in the books. Sometimes I feel the show is adapted so faithfully, knowing what happens makes it hard to fully appreciate the multitude of twists, backstabs, and betrayals that makes the plot of this show so intriguing.

Watch a sneak peak of the season finale below, which will be airing in all its unadulterated glory tomorrow, Sunday June 19, 2011. Expect a review of the first season sometime next week. And if you haven't already, pre-order the next novel in the series, "A Dance with Dragons," due out on July 12, 2011.

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