It only took two episodes of Game of Thrones to convince HBO’s executives to renew the fantasy series for a second season. Anyone who happened to catch the first run of episodes undoubtedly knows why; Game of Thrones is an enormously dense and emotional tale of political intrigue set in a world that merges the realistic feudal structure of the Middle Ages with imaginative fantasy reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. This unique world is the result of the meticulous writing of George R.R Martin, the author who penned the original Game of Thrones novel as a part of his seven book series A Song of Ice and Fire. With Martin directly overseeing the television adaptation and even credited as a writer for the series, HBO’s first season was incredibly faithful to the source material and Martin’s unparalleled vision. The second season seems ready to follow suit with Martin’s second book, A Clash of Kings.
The end of the first season left fans in shock and awe, wondering what was next to come. Fans of the books, despite knowing how the tale plays out, seem no less eager for the second season debut. Riding the wave of hype following this successful first season and a slew of awards and positive press, will series creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss be able to live up to the titanic standards set by their first season triumph? A Clash of Kings heightens the already magnificent scope of the first book, and there are certainly parts that pose significant challenges to television adaptation. With the season premier airing tonight on HBO, soon fans and critics will be able to see how the production team handles these challenges and how the source material is adapted to the screen.
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Winter is coming.