April 19th, 2011
06:29 PM ET
With the massive amount of hype and subsequent positive reaction, can you blame HBO for already lining up a second season of “Game of Thrones”?
The highly-anticipated series premiered on the cable network Sunday and snagged a gross audience of 4.2 million, HBO said in a statement.
“We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers,” HBO president Michael Lombardo said. “This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.”
Critics seemed pleased with the first episode of the series, with Vanity Fair suggesting that “this story, if done right, could be better as a series than it is as a book. The world that Martin has crafted springs to life with almost too much ease on-screen. But is it done right? So far: sort of. It’s close.”
The Los Angeles Times described "Thrones" as "a great and thundering series of political and psychological intrigue bristling with vivid characters, cross-hatched with tantalizing plotlines and seasoned with a splash of fantasy," proving that "the epic mythology remains the Holy Grail of almost any medium."
The Hollywood Reporter found the show to have a lot in common with a program like “The Sopranos,” adding that the fantasy angle shouldn’t deter those who aren’t into the genre.
“There’s a real allure to costume-dramas that pair dense mythology with all of the crowd-pleasing elements of war, honor, pride, lust, power and, yes, even humor,” THR writes. “‘Thrones’ has all of those in spades and supports them with exceptional storytelling, strong writing, superb acting and some stunning visual effects…. even if you have no idea what all the fuss is about, you should get in from the start to absorb Martin’s fantastical tale.”
For Paste magazine, “Thrones” felt a bit more like the “Tudors” than “Lord of the Rings."
"[W]hile ‘Battlestar Galactica’ was sci-fi for people who don’t like sci-fi, ‘Game of Thrones’ is fantasy for people who really like medieval period dramas," the magazine suggests.
Nevertheless, “There’s great potential here,” Paste continues, “and even if it fails to draw more than the fantasy contingent, Martin has sold more than 15 million copies of the books, and it’s a rabid fanbase. That may just be enough to support this epic undertaking.”
It looks like that prediction turned out to be right.
Did you tune in on Sunday? What’d you think?
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