It was something of a surprise to HBO that Game of Thrones has been so popular since Sword and Sandal type fantasy fiction has been decidedly on the wane in popular television since shows like Rome and Spartacus. One of the reasons for this is that those shows, as opposed to Game of Thrones, are historical fiction which means they are tied to past events. While not necessarily a bad thing there are often issues of pacing that need to be addressed. Such shows, no matter how masterfully crafted, acted and scored are beholden to actual events. This means that no matter how fast the pace may have been rocketing along whenever some event we all remember from our dusty history texts appears the story grinds to a halt to let them play out. This is usually considered yawn inducing to most viewers.
The Acting and Story is Central.
Game of Thrones in contrast is free to modulate the pacing of it’s intricate plot free of historical bondage. Aside from this there is also a very potent cast of mostly well know actors, most of whom are former stage and character actors, such as Peter Dinklage as Tyrion the trickster, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark (No relation of Tony Stark), Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Mark Stanley as the oafish but lovable Grenn. That and the story, above the violence, copious nudity and archaic swearing, is wholly absorbing.
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