HBO's Game of Thrones is back

Tonight is the season premier of Game of Thrones. Photo: Washington Times Photo bucket

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., March 31, 2013 – Tonight brings back one of the most anticipated events for TV viewers: the new season of “Game of Thrones.”

The HBO series, based on the five book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by author George R.R. Martin, has been incredibly successful and has set a new standard for adult fantasy television.

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The story takes place in an alternative world, created by Martin. While loosely resembling medieval themes, the world is entirely invented by Martin, complete with its own culture, costumes, food, music, fauna, geography, religions, and weapons. Only humans remain intact, reflecting Martin’s concept of humanity.

In many ways, the series is a tale of redemption. This theme was exemplified in an early episode of the first season, when “Game of Thrones” presented a scene from the book of the same name. The dwarf, Tyrion Lannister, responds to a question by saying, “Because I have a weakness for cripples, bastards and broken things.

The series, accurately reflecting the Martin books, brilliantly presents plot twists and turns, with villains changing to heroes and protagonists to antagonists.

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The dwarf Tyrion is a member of the Lannister family, one of richest and most influential families in the Seven Kingdoms, which occupy most of the continent of Westeros. Tyrion’s father is very wealthy and politically savvy, and his sister, Cercei, is married to the King of the Seven.

When presented to viewers, the Lannisters are definitely villains. However, as the story proceeds, viewers have more difficulty slotting them into a single category. 

Likewise, the viewer initially sees Ned Stark and the Stark family as the protagonists of the series. That focus quickly changes, with Ned no longer attracting the major attention in the family.

Readers and viewers are constantly surprised, with the most unlikely characters surviving and prospering.

The series also delivers fantastic and unexpected scenes. In the last episode of season one, Daenerys Targaryen hatches her dragon eggs by walking them into a raging funeral pyre and emerges unharmed, making her the “Mother of Dragons.” Despite the amazing episode, Daenerys is left wandering for most of season two.

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The series follows numerous threads and characters, so new watchers will need time to understand every character and plot.

Clear your schedule for Sunday at 9 p.m. ET and join our Live Communities Chat as we see Season 3 unveiled together. Count on a lot of Ice and Fire.

Mario Salazar, the 21st Century Pacifist, is a bleeding heart liberal, agnostic, exercise fanatic, Redskin fan, technophile, civil engineer, combat infantry veteran, jewelry maker, amateur computer programmer, Environmental engineer, Colombian-born, free thinker, and, not surprisingly, pacifist. You can find his articles - ranging from politics to cooking a mean brisket - in 21st Century Pacifist <> at The Washington Times Communities. Follow Mario on Twitter @chibcharus #TWTC and Facebook at Mario Salazar.



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Mario Salazar is a combat infantry Vietnam Vet, world traveler, renaissance reconnaissance man, pacifist, metal smith, glass artisan, computer programmer and he has a Master of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering.  Now retired from the Environmental Protection Agency and living in Montgomery County, Mario will share with you his life, his thoughts, his musing on living in yet another century of change.  He will also try to convey his joy of being old.

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