4:05pm, 26th July, 2016
Undoubtedly one of the greatest and most widely acclaimed TV series of all times. Considering the series’ huge fan base, chances are that you have already seen the show and if you have not then at least once you must have been in a situation where everyone is discussing the ongoing plot of the show and you just nod along, meanwhile thinking,”what the hell is so great about this show!!!”
Based on Gorge R.R. Martin’s series of novels –A Song of Ice and fire, the show has been critically and publicly acclaimed for its terrific ensemble cast, intriguing plot and production value although it has drawn some flak for the immense use of nudity and violence (which are, by the way,integral to the plot and only attract more viewership).
The story is based in the fictional continents of Essos and Westeros and revolves around the noble families of Westeros engaged in a civil war for the Iron Throne and the power over the seven kingdoms. Season 1 followed the growing rivalry between the House Stark of the North and House Lannister in King’s Landing after King Robert Baratheon is murdered by his wife Cersei Lannister and Ned Stark’s discovery of Cersei’s own twin brother Jaimie Lannister being the father of her children leads to a series of plots against the Stark family and the beheading of Ned Stark on the orders of Jeoffery Baratheon (the eldest son of Cersei and king of Westeros after Robert Baratheon).In Essos, we get to see the journey of Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled daughter of Aerys Targaryen , the last Targaryen ruler.
The following seasons focus on the schemes and plots by the Lannisters to be in power while the Stark children , Bran,Rickon,Arya,Sansa and Robb take on different courses to take back the north and their home Winterfell. Jon Snow, the bastard son of Ned Stark goes on to become the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and succeeds in bringing together the wildlings and the northmen to fight against the impending winter and the white walkers. Daenerys frees the slave cities with the help of her 3 dragons and gathers the huge unsullied and dothraki army behind her. Cersei’s drarf brother Tyrion kills his father Tywin Lannister and escapes Kings Landing after he is falsely accused of murdering Jeoffery and becomes the Queens Hand to Daenerys. Arya stark becomes a faceless assassin and Bran Stark becomes the Three Eyed Raven capable of looking into the past and the future while Robb and Catelyn Stark are brutally murdered at the Red Wedding.Stannis Baratheon and his whole family dies after losing to Ramsay Bolton. Jon Snow is murdered by his own men but the red witch Melissandre brings him back to life and declares him the prince that was promised by the Lord of Light and admits that she was wrong to assume that Stannis Baratheon was the true king of Westeros.
After a million plot twists and the deaths of the most beloved characters ,in season 6, we finally see Jon Snow being proclaimed as the King in the North after he takes back defeats Ramsay Bolton and takes back Winterfell. Cersei is crowned as the Queen after her last child King Tommen Baratheon commits suicide. Daenerys acquires alarge armada after joining forces with the ironborns Yara and Theon Greyjoy and sails out to conquer Westeros.
Through Bran Stark’s visions, it is revealed that Jon Snow is actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Raeghar Taegaryen and a powerful conteder for the iron throne. But as always Jon Snow knows nothing of his parentage. After a wait of six seasons, winter has finally come along with the white walkers. And considering that the white walkers took six seasons to finally arrive, I am compelled to believe that they must be really slow walkers.
The next season is scheduled for mid 2017 and the wait is olready dark and full of terrors. Going by the death rate of the show, I just hope that Tyrion is not the next one to die. The curiosity is on a high …..who the hell is going to get the throne!! Now if u go by the phrase Valar Morghulis……then either Cersie or Daenerys should be the ultimate winners because we know that all men must die. Till then….keep waiting!!
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