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Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones is a Television programme based of the fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. It is set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos,and feature many individual stories that intertwine with each other. The main backdrop for the series is a dynastic conflict between members of House Baratheon who are all trying to press their claim on the throne. It also features a story about an exiled princess who is trying to gain support for her claim in Essos, and an invasion of supernatural beings called the others, who want to bring an eternal winter.

Plot

Game of Thrones mostly takes place on the fictional continent of Westeros, which is divided into a number of sub-kingdoms and way up North, there is a freezing no-man's-land populated by dangerous creatures divided from the rest of the country by a huge wall. The series follows nine noble families who fight for control of the mythical land.

Characters

Ned Stark

Eddard Stark, also known by his friends and family as Ned, is a major character in the first season. He is played by starring cast member Sean Bean, and debuts in the series premiere.

Robb Stark

Robb Stark, played by Richard Madden, is the eldest son of Ned and Catelyn Stark, who grew to be known as 'King of the North' shortly before his horrific murder at 'The Red Wedding' in season season 3.

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion is the third and youngest son of Lord Tywin and Lady Joanna Lannister. He is a dwarf and is played by Peter Dinklage but because of his unusual stature Tyrion has been a victim of mockery his entire life.

Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen, sometimes called Dany by her brother Viserys, is a major character in all seasons. She is played by starring cast member Emilia Clarke. She is also known as 'The mother of dragons'.

Arya Stark

Arya is the third daughter of Lord Eddard Stark and she has 5 siblings. She is played by Masie Williams and is a spirited girl interested in fighting and exploration.

Jon Snow

Jon Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark and a mother whose identity is not widely known. He was raised by his father alongside his true-born half-siblings, but joins the Night's Watch when he reaches adulthood. He is played by Kit Harrington.

Hodor

A servant of House Stark at Winterfell, he works in the stables but also aids Bran Stark's mobility after he is paralized, he is mentally disabled and is only able to say one work, his name "Hodor". He is played by Kristian Nairn.

Jaime Lannister

He is Knight of the Kingsguard, the son of Tywin Lannister, twin brother of Cersei Lannister, and older brother of Tyrion Lannister. He is in a secret incestuous relation with his twin Cersei.

Joffrey Baratheon

Joffrey Baratheon, played by actor Jack Gleeson, although only being 13, offrey was crowned King shortly after his father, Robert Baratheon was killed by a wild boar. He was soon known as the most ruthless and heartless King in the seven Kingdoms.

Lyanna Stark

Dead before the series even starts, her passing, years before starts the series of events in the entire series. Kidnapped by a prince caused an entire rebellion which changed the monarchy Westeros perhaps forever.

Episodes

Season Novel Adapted Released
1 A Game of Thrones 17/04/2011
2 A Clash of Kings 1/04/2012
3 A Storm of Swords (first half) 31/03/2013
4 A Storm of Sword (second half) 6/04/2014
5 A Feat for Crows and A Dance with Dragons 12/04/2015

Production

David Benioff and D. B. Weiss came up with the idea of adapting George R. R. Martin's novels to a tv series in 2006. HBO got the rights to the production of Game Of Thrones, the production later started in January 2007, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss were to right every episode but one, as George R. R. Martin was to write one episode per season. The budget for the first season was estimated between $50–60 million, but by season two each episode have a budget of a round about $6 million.

Filming

Principle photography was due to start in July 2010, the primary location was in Belfast, Northern Island and various other locations including Sterling, Scotland. The producers considered filming the whole show in Scotland but later decided that Northern Island was more suitable. Filimg was also set in Malta in the first season for the shooting of the Southern scenes.

Visual Effects

HBO hired the British VFX company BlueBolt for the large amount of visual effects needed throughout the series. The majority of environmental builds were produced as 2.5D projects, to give the viewer a good sense of perspective, but also helps keeping the programming as minimal as possible. Pixomondo, a German established visual effects company later took on the job for visual effects in the upcoming series as the demand was becoming to complex for BlueBolt to continue.

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