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SPOILER ALERT: “Game of Thrones”: HBO’s newest hit show?

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER AHEAD Could “Game of Thrones”, the HBO adaptation of the hugely popular fantasy series be the network’s next hit show? The series premiered tonight, and found the twitterverse alive with early reactions to first glimpses at the screen rendition of the book.

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER AHEAD Based on fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s “A Game of Thrones” is named for the first book in the collection. Rumor has it that, timing-wise, the first season will cover the first book, with the first episode covering the first 85 pages. The next four books, “A Clash of Kings”, “A Storm of Swords”, “A Feast for Crows”, and “A Dance with Dragons”, have been released; The final two books, “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring” are anxiously awaited by fans.

“Game of Thrones'” tie to an existing fan base still hooked on the unfinished books bodes well for its potential. “True Blood”‘s existing fan base certainly didn’t hurt its success. The fantasy genre has steadily risen in popularity since the late 1990s, though fantasy adaptations are becoming more accessible to the masses, not the other way around.

Featuring prominently in movie trailers has been actor Sean Bean, recognizable from his role as Boromir in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”. In “Game of Thrones”, Bean plays Eddard Stark, the patriarch of a noble house, and a key point-of-view character needed to kick off the tale. Yet, his ill-fated character is soon publicly beheaded, a fact which makes unclear as to which other familiar faces HBO will rely upon to promote the series in later episodes.

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