One of the most long-awaited and sought-after TV series of 2011 – Game of Thrones – has finally premiered on HBO on April 17, 2011. This long-expected event was preceded by the time-consuming and complicated, yet exciting and captivating work of the creators of this medieval fantasy series, telling us the story of violent and implacable struggle among the noble families of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros for the control of the Iron Throne. The TV show is based on the series of seven fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire written by George R. R. Martin, and its development began as far back as 2007, when HBO acquired the rights to film the novels and hired David Benioff and Dan Weiss to create and produce the future TV series

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

The casting for this TV show has been a lengthy and changeable process, and Game of Throne casting pictures involve lots of famous actors’ faces. The first casting news were unveiled in May, 2009 when it was announced that Peter Dinklage was given the role of Tyrion Lannister in the pilot. Later on there was announced a number of other casting decisions, including Sean Bean playing Ned Stark. The Game of Throne casting was embosomed with lots of rumors, including false ones like Holly Marie Combs being given the role of Catelyn Stark, which was subsequently confirmed to be a hoax. Game of Thrones casting directors Nina Gold, Robert Sterne, and Edward Said have made a lot of alterations during the process, and some characters (like Catelyn Stark or Daenerys Targaryen) were recast already after the pilot was shot.


Game of Thrones show was very much anticipated, and numerous entertainment news publications defined it as the most highly awaited TV series of 2011. For this reason its premiere was surrounded by heightened attention and the first episode, Winter Is Coming, gained the appreciation of both viewers and critics. The current Game of Thrones series list consists of the ten episodes of the first season, but on April 19, 2011, a couple days after the first episode debuted on air, HBO announced that Game of Thrones series TV will be renewed for the second season. So far as the show has extremely high rating, its further continuation has been predictable and is showing great promise.
This fantasy series will definitely suit the taste of this genre’s admirers, as it brightly depicts the epic picture of medieval live and internecine war in the fictional universe of Westeros. The TV show closely follows the multiple interlaced story lines of George R. R. Martin’s series of novels, the first of which gave the title to the whole show, and the author himself admitted that the TV series’ pilot script was very close to his work. Game of Thrones welcomes all fantasy fans to majestic and mysterious Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, a place where “summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime”, and promise its viewers a lot of good vibes while spending their time in a company of its heroes.