Unwind’s summer TV preview: Game of Thrones

Photo by Hina Ichigo

By Mackenzie Cutruzzula

HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones”kicked off Sunday, April 6. In all, 6.6 million viewers tuned in for the highly anticipated “Two Swords” premiere episode.

The television hit is adapted from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series. Sydney Keough,a sophomore mechanical engineering major,has been pleased with the adaptations so far.

“They’re pretty darn close to the books which is good,” Keough said.

The season begins with most of House Stark dead and the Royal Wedding creeping up. The fourth season of “Game of Thrones” has fans on the edge of their seats.

“I’m excited for the inevitable plot twists I won’t see coming,” Craig Weisenfeld, freshman broadcast journalism major said.

The show returned with the slogan “All Men Must Die.” Does this mean Joffrey will finally get killed off? The return of powerhouse females Daenerys Targaryen and Arya Stark could make for a season characterized by girl power. Daenerys’s dragons and army have grown during the past year as she gets closer to King’s Landing.

In the first episode, Arya regained her sword, “Needle” and killed the man who stole her sword, proving these girls are ready to fight. Maisie Williams, 16, who plays Arya Stark, in her acting debut. For the role, Willians cut off her long locks and disguise herself as a boy, proving herself to be a dedicated actress.

In King’s Landing, Tyrion Lannister finds himself struggling more with romantic than diplomatic issues. Coming into the season recently marriedto the young Sansa Stark, ignoring his true love interest, Shae, who is hurt by the rejection. With another wedding in mind, Lady Margaery continues to prepare for her big day.On the other hand, some fans are hoping for the death of her fiancée.

“I want King Joffrey to die,”freshman government and politics major Nate Hitchings said.

The first episode doesn’t give many indicators where Cersei Baratheon and Jaime Lannister will be heading. Dinklage and Headey are real life good friends and Headey has him to thank for her role as Cersei.

At “The Wall” Jon Snow has returned to The Night’s Watch, warning the council what is beyond The Wall, including the wildlings that he befriended while separated from “The Watch.” Although there is still no sign of Bran Stark and his faithful companions, after season three it can be expected that Bran will continue his prophetic dreams.

The war seems to be over, and plenty of characters have revenge on their minds as they pick up the pieces of their lives. It seems as though this season will wage a new war between the House Targaryen and House Lannister.

Despite technically difficulties regarding on-line streaming on HBO GO, “Game of Thrones” brought HBO an audience they hadn’t seen since the 2007 “Sopranos” finale. “Game of Thrones”airs Sundays on HBO and HBO GO at 9 p.m. EST.

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