For a start, it’s absolutely packed full of well-known names. I’ve seen a few interviews, and he was quoted as saying the best performers on the show are those of Irish heritage , and in particular, those of Irish descent.
The main draw for me though has been the cast the character he leads. The acting on display is nothing short of breathtaking. The young actors bring out an authentic Irishness and charisma that really stands out to me. A lot of fans might not agree, but I find his portrayal of Frank Darabont, as a troubled young Dubliner, to be a very compelling character. I found the dialogue to be very moving and authentic, and I enjoyed the fact that I wasn’t watching a straight man on a show that was predominantly straight male characters.
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On a final note, the show does have a distinct influence on the way I think about shows in general. One thing I’ve noticed is, the more stories and subplots are involved, the “borrowed” ideas and creative input is harder to track down as it gets dragged out and pushed into the background of the story.
I won’t hold this against the show in and of itself though. My favourite episode of the first season is one called “Rumpole Bumblebee” (the pilot episode), and in particular, there is a subplot of a gang of bobbies looking for a murder victim that seems to be nothing as bad as it seems. They find one, after an event far outside the show’s usual focus, and a quick investigation leads to the discovery that this murder could have been committed by a local drug cartel. The gang is looking for this very type of subplot, but instead they get a far more compelling one!
So, that’ll do it for me - “ Game of Thrones “ is a great show for anyone who is in the mood for something exciting and well run. A great, well acted show which I found to be very interesting, and with a strong cast that would be able to work well together as a unit. It’s a shame that it doesn’t seem to go anywhere, however, as the show seems set to continue for several seasons and I think it’ll be more interesting to see what comes after the Season 7 end.