Welcome to the Game of Thrones

Alexis Jeter
Staff Writer


Looking for a great show to watch with superb graphics, runs like a movie, and goes by the book? Well, ladies and gentlemen, Game of Thrones must be for you!

For those who never heard of Game of Thrones, this show spawned from a popular fantasy novel book set, A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R.R. Martin. The first book, A Game of Thrones, was published in 1996, and gradually he began to expand the series into several books.

Due the popularity of the series, the books have sold over 24 million copies in America alone. The books have been translated in 20 different languages and his fourth and fifth volumes made number one on the New York Times Best Seller lists.

Chauncey Meeks-Owens, a senior and theatre major at Upstate, is a big fan of the show and the books.

“The books are much more intricate in terms of detail, but in the books, the characters are much younger than in the show. For instance, at the start of the books, Jon Snow and Robb Stark are both and Daenerys ‘ character is 13. Also certain families have siblings in the books but not on the show. In the show, Loras Tyrell is the heir of the Highgarden but in the book, Loras has two older brothers,” said Meeks-Owens.

Not to mention, the show, according to CNN, is the most pirated show. Though it is illegal to pirate shows, the HBO programming president, Michael Lombardo, considered it as a compliment because of the fan-demand of a show from a subscription network.

However, Martin had yet to complete the series. With the hype of the television show coming out with season four and only five of seven books completed, the question is….will he finished the forthcoming books in time for the show?

Martin fears that he will not be able to write fast enough to prevent the show from catching up with him, according to a source.

“I am aware of the TV series moving along behind me like a giant locomotive, and I know I need to lay the track more quickly, perhaps, because the locomotive is soon going to be bearing down on me. The last thing I want is for the TV series to catch up with me. I’ve got a considerable head start, but production is moving faster than I can write. I’m hoping that we’ll finish the story at about the same time…we’ll see,” Martin said.

This coming April, season 4 for the Game of Thrones series will come in at full swing. Many fans are excited to see what will happen next to their beloved characters.

Mauricio Juan Williamson, a student at Upstate, is excited for the new season coming soon.

“Many friends of mine recommended the show, so I decided to watch it. The three previous seasons have been fantastic and I feel like the show can still grow so much more. I want the [Starks] to get their revenge.