Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones

With Game Of Thrones coming out on DVD and Blu-ray this coming week, we look back at the last two years of the show and look at why we've fallen in love with the world of Westeros and the warring factions within it.

Tyrion Lannister

We named him our best character in American television for last year for good reason as Tyrion has from day one simply gotten deeper and deeper into the affections of the shows massive fanbase.

While he may have been mainly the comic relief in the first series of the show, this time around we got more and more of Tyrion's actual character. We got a love interest, we got him diving head first into the political knife fight in Kings Landing and actually saw him face death head on and not run away.

There's a reason that Peter Dinklage is regularly the sole member of the cast nominated for awards, as his performance has just become better and better with each passing epsiode. Tyrion manages to make the impossible happen and actually have us all rooting for a Lannister and no bigger compliment can be given to any character out there.

That Theme Tune

OK, OK, it's a silly throwaway reason to love a TV show, but that opening theme tune and the incredible diorama sequence that goes with it gets us excited every time we tune in.

Compare that with Homeland, which might have the single worst title sequence of recent memory that makes us leave the room and grab a drink before the show begins in earnest,  and the brilliance of Game Of Throne's opening can't be overstated.

We can also guarantee that it'll be in your head for the rest of the day now and make everything seem just that little bit more epic.

Rob Stark's Transformation

At the beginning of the show, Rob Stark was, to all intents and purposes, a bit of a spoilt brat.

Thank goodness then that over the course of the second series we finally saw him become the hero that the show really needs, strong, independent and not afraid to do what's right, even if it means a whole heap of bloodshed or sparing the life of the man who crippled both his father and younger brother.

This is a series with some wonderfully charismatic villains. Throughout season two, Rob becomes the man who can not only take it to House Lannister on the battlefield, but in the on-screen charm department too.

It's not afraid to splash the cash

TV can be a rather expensive business, but in this new golden age of HBO and premium US cable, those budgetary concerns of old don't seem to be quite so pressing. From the very first epsiode Game Of Thrones looks and feels a million dollars.

It may be because the show costs much more than that an episode to film, but Game Of Thrones is one of the best looking TV shows out there. From the incredible costumes to the intricate and exotic sets, this is a show that's an absolute feat for the eyes.

The show also does scale in a way that most other TV simply hasn't done, with massive battles that would make any motion picture envious.

Brienne Of Tarth

While most of second series' casting additions added their own little bit of magic to the occasion, none made quite as brilliant an impact as Brienne Of Tarth, the fantastically faithful and down to Earth 'knight' that won our hearts through her travails with Jaime Lannister.

In a world where macho posturing is often the first means of defence, it's fantastic to see a character complete skewer that, both figuratively and at one point literally.


Game Of Thrones comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday March 4th.