Don’t you just hate it when you’re at a dinner party and everyone else seems absorbed in a hot debate over some new book or series, like the tremendously intriguing “A Game of Thrones,” which you haven’t been able to read or watch? Like a forsaken man you watch dinner guests giddily throw one liners—which, by your keen powers of deduction, you’ve guessed comes from the movie or book—to each other as they laugh annoyingly in collusion. You’re about ready to start smashing plates out of sheer frustration. Well sport, don’t get medieval – get A Game of Thrones Guide.
If your job has got you wearing blinders when it comes to entertainment and pop culture, then it’s pretty understandable how you’d be a little lost in intense conversations where other people know what you don’t know. Maybe you just don’t have the time to sit still for an hour and watch the critically acclaimed HBO series. And when you do have time left in the day, you end up snoozing through the first half hour. This isn’t because the epic medieval fantasy has lulled you to sleep with its dull plotlines and anemic characters. Nothing can be farther from the truth. You’re simply too tuckered out from your grueling job to keep your eyes open long enough to know who the dickens Theon Greyjoy is, or who’s doing what to who, or who’s the intoxicatingly seductive woman with the platinum hair.
“A Game of Thrones” tells the fascinating story of four noble houses vying for the iron throne: The Baratheons, The Lannisters, The Starks, and The Tangaryens. The book-turned-HBO series is the first installment from the epic series, “A Song of Fire and Ice.” The revered George R.R. Martin had time to write other titles in the series as well, and these are, in no particular order: “A Clash of Kings,” “A Dream of Spring,” “A Storm of Swords,” “A Feast for Crows,” and “A Dance With Dragons.” He’s currently working on the latest installment titled “The Winds of Winter.”
But the houses are just the starting point. Once you obtain a general understanding of this beloved epic medieval tale, you can get on with the details: the characters, the set-up, the plotlines, the sub-plotlines, and so on. Like a cheat sheet, online guides of “A Game of Thrones” allow you to catch-up with the rest of the viewing (or reading) public. If you happen to have missed a few episodes, you can read up on a series guide, which details what stories have moved forward or which characters did something absolutely cool like Renly showing up with giant female warrior, Brienne.
An epic medieval fantasy, much like a science fiction series, entails a certain amount of dedication to understand and appreciate the entire story. Because of the numerous characters and the complexity of its storylines, reading a comprehensive and engaging online guide to “A Game of Thrones” can turn you from a sourpuss party guest to an enthralling expert on the saga of Westeros, the Wall, and King’s Landing.