Dragons, a dwarf, a mad young king born from incest, and a beautiful princess who always wears the shocked look of someone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Put that all together and you get the hottest and bloodiest show on television today HBOs Game of Thrones which premieres its fourth season tonight to a growing legion of followers for whom this has become their fantasy escape.
The new season of medieval fantasy-drama promises to have more sex, violence and profanity, and it has the license to as HBO’s most successful and costliest show.
Escapism aside, Game of Thrones is packed with politics that seem forgotten in the blood-lust unless you stick to the idea that the show is about a battle for power and heading up the disjointed seven kingdoms, which, of course, sounds like the U.S. today.
And the most displaced of those power-seekers is probably the most fascinating of all the fabulous characters in the game Daenerys, a princess of the House of Targaryen, who seems like she has as much of a chance as Barack Obama might have of being president in 2007.
But she is the most democratic. She wants to free slaves and lead them as free men. Daenerys, though, is a woman who has to recruit her troops by inspiring them with hope of, course.
Daenerys also has secret weapons
Those dragons were just eggs in the first season, but they hatched, and viewers saw them as no bigger than cute hawks on Daenerys shoulder in Season 3.
In the new season, though, the dragons have matured and have the ferociousness of fearsome dragons devoted to mother Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke in such a vapid style you have to wonder at times whether her PTSD isnt from having given birth to the dragons herself.
Its that kind of fantasy show, and Emmy winner Peter Dinklages halfman character yes, hes the dwarf has come full circle from a wise-crying hedonist to a real power player as Tyrion Lannister, who winds up a convict and fugitive in the new season.
At the same time, Daenerys three dragons will begin leading her onward march, helping lay waste to a string of cities.
Sundays episode picked up from last seasons gruesome Red Wedding in which three major characters were brutally butchered before the bride could even cut the cake.
This seasons early episodes have another wedding, that of the depraved and loathed young tyrant Joffrey Baratheon to Margaery Tyrell, who were betrothed to each other last season.
Then there is Joffreys mother, the regally beautiful but vicious Queen Cersei, played by Lena Headey, who will reunite with her brother and lover Jaime Lannister.
How can you not love a show that uses fantasy to showcase what so many have gossiped about royals and the rich and the powerful in real life.
The show is based on George R. R. Martins epic series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, and you have to wonder if HBO shouldnt turn him loose on doing the definitive series on American politics.
Of course, its libel in real life. Its tremendous entertainment when dressed up as the boldest, badass, bloodiest show in television history.
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