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Game of Thrones: Season 1 Reviews

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Kal X. Attenborough
Super Reviewer
½ May 15, 2016
Five years later, revisiting where it all started is strange. In a way, it seems like yesterday when, in 2011, I sat down to watch "Winter Is Coming". Every year since has dominated fans with when the new season will start.

In retrospect, the first season of Game of Thrones is like a wine that is yet to be fine wine. This is one of the most realistic fantasies in terms of storytelling and making a fictional world seem real. Unlike most fantasies where you know the protagonist will pull through, Thrones has at least five major protagonists in Season 1 and nobody is safe. Anyone could die at any moment as it is in real war, although the Seven Kingdoms and the Baratheon Dynasty are ruling in peace at the start.

What flaws Season 1 has is mostly in pacing. Yes, the first half of the season can come off as slow, I will admit that. You wonder how Eddard Stark will fulfill his role as the Hand of the King, what threat really has The Night's Watch in controlled turmoil, and how Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen can possibly hope to reclaim Westeros and restore House Targaryen when the Usurper rules in relative peace. However, this peace it thrown out the window, never to fully return when a poorly judged suspect captured for an attempted Stark murder sets the Westerlands and the Riverlands at each-others throats, and a rash, poorly thought out coup leads to total and irreversible war due to an execution which should never have been.

Game of Thrones Season 1 is in truth a mixed blessing. Yes, it doesn't really hold up well in terms of pacing compared to the rest of the series, and yes the first six episodes are slow. But a redemption does come in episode 7 onwards when a lot of the Game of Thrones traditional qualities the show possesses blossom into formation as the Iron Throne becomes highly sought after.

If one has even a casual liking for fantasy and can sit through the first seven episodes without getting entirely bored, this show will suit you well. A true and faithful adaption of A Song Of Ice And Fire.
Sylvester Kuo
Super Reviewer
½ May 31, 2015
Initially I was skeptical about this series but after a friends recommended it to me I got hook. Season 1 was excellent in the way it tells the story of each character, the acting was superb and the set was incredible. It was unlike anything we've seen and that's what made this series good.
JohnSilver
Super Reviewer
Harry Waterman
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Sheldon Chau
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Gimly M.
Super Reviewer
January 4, 2015
Sean Bean is in this. Can you guess what happens to his character?
Eugene Bernabe
Super Reviewer
October 21, 2014
This adaptation of George R.R. Martin's mythical tale is grand and mystic. Even though those who do not follow the eerie and fantastical theme may not catch on, Game of Thrones Season 1 has enough violence, drama, exploitation and splendor to surprise audiences. 4/5
Chris Browning
Super Reviewer
KJ Proulx
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jlewis07
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Eddie Chung
Super Reviewer
½
Daniel Lermenator
Super Reviewer
vinleetexe
Super Reviewer
April 5, 2014
7 episodes in and I'm still waiting for something to happen. It has a strange lackluster in action and overflow of explicit skinemax sex scenes instead of the reverse. Nothing fantasy or magical like has happens at all yet with the exception of revealing fossilized dragon eggs.. wow. I'm done. two stars for the boobs.
Francisco G.
Super Reviewer
½ February 27, 2014
Going into Game of Thrones is a bit complicated. You must realise at first that the story arc is huge and you shouldn't think about Seasons to conclude the stories. Everything is part of the bigger picture and you'll have shocking twists at every turn.

It's also confusing to absorb all the families and thousands of characters that populate this world, but once you absorb everything, it's television at it's very best.

Also, props not only to the author and creators for having such a vicious world for women but that somehow, they manage to dominate with cunning and very strong character. Maybe the nudity should've been a bit more biased, I know the female audience of the series wants to see some extra male buttocks and wieners here and there. Feels like men always get the best treats and it's unfair, since you have great and sexy characters at every turn.
Raajay
Super Reviewer
February 12, 2014
One of the best TV shows ever made.
Christopher Heim
Super Reviewer
½
ed
Super Reviewer
½
jarobb3
Super Reviewer
December 9, 2013
Good enough to get me hooked. Working on Season 2 now...
Brendan Nicholls
Super Reviewer
November 15, 2013
Watching this again, not for the new season. The first season is still my favourite season, and Bean makes for the most interesting character in the series. Strong female characters and story arcs are laid here.
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