Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for HBO. It is an adaptation of “A Song of Ice and Fire”, a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, the first of which is A Game of Thrones. The show was shot in the United Kingdom, Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, and Spain. It premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011, and concluded on May 19, 2019, with 73 episodes broadcast over eight seasons.
Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, Game of Thrones has a large ensemble cast and follows several story arcs throughout the course of the show. The first major arc concerns the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros through a web of political conflicts among the noble families. Either vying to claim the throne or fighting for freedom from whoever sits on it and second focus on the last descendant of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty. Who has been exiled to Essos & is plotting to return and reclaim the throne. The third follows the Night’s Watch, a military order defending the realm against threats from beyond Westeros’s northern border.
This movie is roughly based on the storylines of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series by George R. R. Martin, set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the continent of Essos. Series follows several simultaneous plot lines. The first story arc follows a war of succession among competing claimants for control of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, with other noble families fighting for independence from the throne. The second is about the efforts of the slaves to regain their homes, and the third is about the fear of winter and the history of the animals of the North.
Cast and characters
It has an ensemble cast that has estimated to be the largest on television. In 2014, several actors’ contracts were renegotiated to include a seventh-season option. By the final season, five of the prominent cast members made $1 million per episode, making them among the highest-paid.
Eddard “Ned” Stark (Sean Bean) is the head of House Stark. He and his wife, Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), have five children: Robb (Richard Madden), Sansa (Sophie Turner), Arya (Maisie Williams), Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), and Rickon (Art Parkinson). He has an illegitimate son, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), and a scholarly friend, Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), who serves in the Night’s Watch under Lord Commander Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo). The Wildlings living north of the Wall include the young Gilly (Hannah Murray) and the warriors Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and Ygritte (Rose Leslie).
Peter Hayden Dinklage
Peter Hayden Dinklage (born June 11, 1969) is an American film, television, and stage actor. He received international recognition for portraying Tyrion Lannister on the HBO television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019). He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series a record four times. He received a Golden Globe Award in 2011 and a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2020 for the role.
Lena Kathren Headey
Lena Kathren Headey (born on 3 October 1973) is a British actress. She gained international recognition and acclaim for her portrayal of Cersei Lannister on the HBO epic fantasy drama series Game of Thrones (2011–2019). She received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award nomination, and Queen Gorgo in 300 (2006).
Nikolaj William Coster-Waldau
Nikolaj William Coster-Waldau ( born 27 July 1970) is a Danish actor and producer. He graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen in 1993. He had his breakthrough role in Denmark with the film Nightwatch (1994). He played Jaime Lannister in the HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. He received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke
Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke (born 23 October 1986) is a British actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. She has received various accolades, including an Empire Award, a Saturn Award, three Critics’ Choice Award nominations, and four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 2019, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Christopher Catesby Harington
Christopher Catesby Harington (born 26 December 1986) is an English actor. He known for his role as Jon Snow in the HBO epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019). After War Horse, Harington auditioned for and landed his first television role as Jon Snow in the series Game of Thrones. The show debuted in 2011 to great critical acclaim and was quickly picked up by the network for a second season. Harington’s role was largely filmed in Iceland and Northern Ireland. The series concluded its run with its eighth season in April 2019.
Sophie Belinda Jonas
Sophie Belinda Jonas (born 21 February 1996) is an English actress. Turner made her acting debut as Sansa Stark on the HBO epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019). She received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019.
Margaret Constance “Maisie” Williams (born 15 April 1997) is an English actress. Williams made her acting debut in 2011 as Arya Stark, a lead character in the HBO epic medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019). She gained recognition and critical praise for her work on the show and received two Emmy Award nominations.
Iain Alan Sutherland Glen
Iain Alan Sutherland Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish actor. He has appeared as Ser Jorah Mormont in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019). In 2009, It announced that Glen had joined the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones, starring as Ser Jorah Mormont a knight in exile from Westeros. She joins the Dothraki. She becomes an advisor to Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke).
Alfie Evan Allen
Alfie Evan Allen (born 12 September 1986) is an English actor. He portrayed Theon Greyjoy on all eight seasons of the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011–2019). He received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2019. In the film, he known for his starring roles in John Wick (2014), The Predator (2018), and Jojo Rabbit (2019).