Game of Thrones: Why This Show Has Captivated the Nation
“Game of Thrones” is a popular television fantasy drama on HBO that premiered to high ratings and near-universal critical acclaim in 2011. It has recently finished its third season and is guaranteed to come back for at least two more. The popularity for the show was evident from the beginning, but that popularity continues to grow to staggering heights with each new episode. It continually breaks ratings records on HBO and cable television in general. It has also broken records regarding illegal downloads on services like Bittorrent.
“Game of Thrones” has been such a success for a variety of reasons. It is mainly a perfect storm of a few key things: talent, source material and the fact that the creators are taking full advantage of all that the television medium has to offer.
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There are a few key things that television can do that movies simply cannot. The average movie only has between one and a half and three hours to tell a complete story. That time not only has to be devoted to creating real, believable characters but also to spectacle and story. The “Song of Ice and Fire” novels that the “Game of Thrones” series is based on are all hundreds of pages long. To do justice to a single entry in the series you would need a larger amount of screen time than what movies can allow.
The fact that “Game of Thrones” is on television allows it to devote the necessary time to doing those popular source books justice. Writer George R. R. Martin’s novels are known for their complexity. Each book has an ever-increasing cast of dozens of main characters. In a movie, screenwriters would have to combine some characters and delete others altogether to help keep the story moving. On television, you really have a unique opportunity to not only include all of those fan-favorite characters but also to devote as much time to them as you’d like.
Another reason why “Game of Thrones” is so successful is because it is on a channel like HBO. HBO doesn’t have the same content restrictions that it has to adhere to that network television does. Because of that fact, each “Game of Thrones” episode can be packed with as much graphic violence, nudity and sexuality as the books themselves are.
Acting also plays a large role in the success of “Game of Thrones,” as does the creative team. Show creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are taking George R. R. Martin’s novels very seriously and are turning out detailed, highly complex and wholly enjoyable television. Because they’re taking the material so seriously they are able to attract talented actors like Sean Bean, who starred in the first season as family patriarch Ned Stark.
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