If you’re looking for a TV series that is going to give you an emotional feeling of that of a roller coaster ride, watch Game of Thrones. A fantasy drama set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos with basically three plots and a large ensemble cast, Game of Thrones is an adaptation of G. R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, which revolves around the conflicts of who is going to sit on the Iron Throne and rule the Seven Kingdoms while the true heir of the throne is in current exile but is time plotting its return to take back the throne. Conflicts and webs of alliances are forged within Westeros among the dynastic noble families either vying to also claim the throne or fighting for independence from the throne. On the other hand, a longstanding brotherhood known as the Night’s Watch, sworn to protect the realm with their lives against ancient threats that lie far north which many people believe to be just a myth, are stationed on the wall.
The series started off with men from the Night’s Watch got saison 7 streaming who encountered the believed-to-be nonexistent white walkers, or dead men while patrolling outside the wall. Most of the men died except for one who went back inside the wall and deserted his duty from the Night’s Watch out of fear. A night’s watch should live and die at his post, and since he was a deserter of the post, he was also believed out of his mind when he spoke about the white walkers, he was beheaded by no other than Eddard Stark himself, the Lord of Winterfell.
The game started when the Mad King, Aerys Targaryen, died and was replaced by Robert Baratheon who then became king of the seven kingdoms. He married the only daughter of the Lord of Casterly Rock, Cersei Lannister. Later on, with a plot to rule the seven kingdoms, the Lannisters overthrew the reigning king by murdering Robert in an accidental form (hunting wound). Cersei became queen regent, guiding Joffrey (Cersei’s incestuous son to her brother, Jaime Lannister), who was to be king as the king’s first born. Eddard Stark, king Robert’s hand, had known the truth and was about to expose it when he was accused of treason by Joffrey and then was executed in public.
Aerys Targaryen’s only daughter, Daenerys Targaryen who lives in exile in Essos married Khal Drogo, a warrior of a vast tribe of horsemen in Essos to help her get back to Westeros and take back the throne. Her journey took a turning point when Khal Drogo died and she went into the fire with her three dragon eggs and emerged after the fire died out, unharmed, now with three baby dragons. This proved that she was a true-blooded Targaryen. She started conquering nations and put an end to slavery in Slaver’s Bay with the help of the Unsullied she acquired from Astapor. She is going to bring the Unsullied to Westeros to help her take back the throne.
Jon Snow, Eddard’s bastard son joined the Night’s Watch and won the Lord Commander’s fondness and liking. He gave him his sword and when the Lord Commander died, Jon Snow became Lord Commander. He was the first Lord Commander who made friends and allies with the Free Folks outside the wall. The free folks are enemies of the seven kingdoms. Free folks or wildlings recognize no inherent political authority. Jon Snow’s association with the wildlings caused a serious commotion in the wall which resulted to him murdered by most members of the Night’s Watch because they believed that he betrayed their cause. Jon Snow was brought back to life by the red priestess, Melisandre.
The characters of the series were handpicked and they played their roles really well. The reactions from fans are proof enough that casting was done very scrupulously. It is said that during the third season, 257 cast names were recorded. More were added as the series progresses and there were even celebrity cameo appearances from Coldplay to George W. Bush’s head, to Ed Sheeran himself in season 7. Game of thrones has gotten mixed reactions from fans because of these cameos but a solid adoration of the main character’s casting that the actors themselves are already associated with their roles in the series.