Mrs. Frugal Rules and I enjoy watching TV for an hour or so at night before heading to bed. We have a handful of shows that we record, most of which are on network TV or on HBO. We have a nice TV and we view watching it, and our HBO subscription, as entertainment. We rarely go to the movies anymore and seem to find higher quality programs on TV. (Although I must say that the last movie we saw in the theaters – Lincoln, was worth the cost of admission.) HBO’s original programming offers an affordable alternative to moviegoing and we’ve been able to find a few shows that we like such as the Newsroom, Boardwalk Empire and yes, Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones is Part ‘Braveheart,’ Part ‘Lord of the Rings’
After reading tweets and comments about Game of Thrones across the blogosphere and seeing references to it crop up in other shows we watch, we finally caved and decided to give the show a try. If you haven’t seen Game of Thrones yet, I’d describe it as Braveheart meets Lord of the Rings. Like most really good movies and some TV series, it’s based on a series of books called “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin. It’s part fairy tale in that there’s elements of magic, witchcraft and paranormal or supernormal activity (like white walkers, fire-breathing dragons, blood magic and witches that give birth to shadow men capable of killing humans). However, the part that really appeals to me is the strategy and fighting (I’m not going to get into who all the families are that are fighting each other and who’s forming alliances with who because I can’t keep it straight myself; there are entire Game of Thrones wikis dedicated to that sort of thing); kings battle each other for opportunities to rule their realms and ultimately, to be the one king (or queen) that rules everyone. That part of the story brings scheming and plotting, backstabbing and manipulation, cunning and cowardice, as well as honor and courage, faithfulness and fealty, strength and sacrifice.
While the nudity and violence is a bit over the top in the early episodes, the story, character development, acting, writing, and cinematography are enthralling. Shot on location in numerous stunning venues including northern Ireland and Malta, each episode is a treat to watch – especially on a good TV. If you don’t have a flat, big screen TV, or you want a new one, Frugal Rules is happy to give you an opportunity to win one as we’re co-hosting this sweet giveaway with some other great bloggers.
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What’s your favorite new show? Are you a Game of Thrones fan?