The wait is almost over as the most anticipated show in years finally hits our screens! Game of Thrones premieres in the U.S. tonight, 17 April (check local listings for times). It will then air in the U.K. tomorrow, 18 April, less than 24 hours later at 9 PM on Sky Atlantic/Sky Atlantic HD (Sky 108).
Game of Thrones is based on the incredibly popular A Song of Ice and Fire series of books written by George R. R. Martin. The series has been created for HBO by David Benioff (Troy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and D.B. Weiss. (He worked on the aborted film adaptation of the video game Halo.) It has been heavily marketed in both places, building up to the premiere.
The show has been filmed primarily on location in Northern Ireland and Malta. With the budget for the entire series rumoured to be between $50-60 million, it is unsurprising that the series boasts an impressive cast. Some of the better known actors include Sean Bean (Sharpe, Lord of the Rings), Mark Addy (The Full Monty, The Thin Blue Line), Iain Glen (Spooks, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and Lena Headey (300, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).
Game of Thrones is a thrilling medieval fantasy drama set in the fictional land of Westeros, centering around rival families who wage bloody wars to claim the coveted Iron Throne. However, there are also other, greater threats to the land of Westeros in the the re-emergence of the Others, a mythical people from the north long thought extinct, and the return of a former king’s daughter determined to reclaim her birth right.
All the ingredients for a blockbuster series are present and you’d be crazy not to tune into Game of Thrones tonight/tomorrow to see for yourselves whether it lives up to the hype. I, for one, cannot wait!