Game of Thrones is a television series based on the popular book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. The first season covers about the same time period as the first book, aptly named Game of Thrones for which the series take its name. There are many great things about A Song of Ice and Fire, from the hundreds of unique individual characters, with their own back stories, allegiances, and house names; to the visual detailed pictures Martin paints in your imagination of everything from 7 course meals to bloody battlefields. The best aspect of A Song of Ice and Fire is the way Martin narrates through many different characters first person point of view, which gives the audience a sneak peak into not only a main character, but creates many main characters in the process. The main characters are all closely represented in the television show, especially in the first season. But this paper will focus more on the books than the more popular show.
We start off in Winterfell, the premier northern stronghold in the realm of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms. The House of Stark are the Lords of the North, ruling a region as big as the other kingdoms combined. Eddard Stark, patriarch and Lord of Winterfell, is out on a hunting party with some of his sons and knights, when they discover a torn up deer and its attacker, a huge dead direwolf, a creature not seen south of the Wall for centuries, and the Starks crest. With the two fallen animals are 6 baby direwolves, a number that Stark’s bastard Jon Snow points out is the same as his number of children, seeing it as a sign from the Gods. The imagery of the fallen stag and head wolf is a major foreshadowing of things to come. We next come to Lord Eddard Stark welcomes a relatively unannounced King Robert Baratheon, his best friend and Rightful King of the Seven Kingdoms. Having these two friends, whom grew up together, fought in wars and battles together, yet who grew apart to tend to their duties, shows that...
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