The Men and Women of Game of Thrones, and Why We Love this Show
I’ve been trying to work all week, but it’s been an utter failure and there is really only one thing to blame: Game of Thrones Season three starts at the end of this month.
Games of Thrones comes back March 31st, and its pretty much all I can think about. I didn’t start watching the show until season 2. I ended up watching all of season 1 on a rainy Sunday and I’ve been hooked ever since. And while the plot itself is brilliant, the show is loaded with bearded or frocked eye candy as well.
The show follows several royal families in the land of Westeros, a medieval land torn apart by war. It’s part Tudors, part Braveheart, and all incredible. There are a few super natural elements. It’s high drama delivered weekly in a great serial format that almost always leaves you on the edge of your seat.
Based on the “A Song of Fire and Ice” book series by George R. R. Martin, you could actually one-up all your friends by reading the books and finding out what happens ahead of everyone else. (Feel free, but if you share any of that info, expect to get Joffery-style slapped)
For the rest of us, here is a visual reminder of why TV is better than books (sometimes.)
Alfie Allen, the brother of UK pop star Lilly, dawns red hair and a shaggy beard for the series. He plays Theon Greyjoy, the son of Balon Grayjoy, King of the Iron Islands. He ends up being a back stabbing jerk by the end of season 2, but those eyes make me forget a lot of things.
Drogo, the khal (king) of the Dothraki people – essentially the king of the nomadic barbarians of the western lands. He weds Daenerys Targaryen, the daughter of the former king of Westeros, in an arranged marriage. Played by Jason Momoa (who also played Conan in the new Conan the Barbarian move), Drogo does meet an unfortunate end, but I’ll leave it vague for those who still need to catch up.
Loras Tyrell and Renly Baratheon
The only gay couple on the show, there are a number of exciting moments in the show featuring these two love birds. Tyrell is a famed knight, considered one of the most skilled in Westeros, and Renly Baratheon is one of the former King’s brothers. Renly also meets an untimely end – with the specifics of his death being subject to raised eye brows – Tyrell ends up swearing revenge against those he believes responsible.
Daenerys has been with the show from the start. Her father, Aerys II Targaryen, was the former king of Westeros and known as the Dragon King. Aerys was exiled leaving him and his kids to wander the western wastelands. As the show progresses, this way-ward princess transforms from a helpless lass to a powerful barbarian queen. She also has dragons. Effeing dragons.
As beautiful as she is a two-timing-whore, Cersei Lannister is a plotter and a schemer. There are a few moments where she shows fear, and the make my heart glow the sweetest warmth. She’s usually someplace fighting with her little-person brother, not disciplining her worlds-worst-son-turned-king Joffrey, or sleeping with her brother. Cersei was originally married to King Baratheon, but again, avoiding too many spoilers, that goes to hell and she’s put in a position of great power through a dirty dirty scheme.
I’d probably get massive amounts of hate mail if I left out Jon Snow. Something about those eyes and that hair and that milky skin… He’s pretty, there’s no question. He was adopted by the Baratheon family, raised as a royal, but destined to serve at The Wall under the Night’s Watch. He’s also taken a vow of celibacy, which is a massive bummer. Expect him to get into some seriously bad-ass situations this seasons as tensions at The Wall have started to build up into something quite impressive and scary.
I’m sure the unititiated of you reading this have many many questions. I’ll leave it up to you to follow through and find out answers for yourselves. But in the mean time, here’s the trailer for season 3 – Get pumped.
Tim is a writer, video game nerd, and music fan. You'll see him at shows, or you wont really see him at all.
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