Game of Thrones: all about the TV series

Game of Thrones, also known in Italy as The Iron Throne, is an American TV series created by David Beniof and D.B. Weiss, and that made its debut on the small screen on the HBO channel in April 2011. Since then, the success has been unstoppable, for what is in fact a television adaptation of the cycle of novels Chronicles of Ice and Fire by writer George R. R. Martin, and that develops in 8 seasons for a total of 73 episodes.

The genre is fantasy: the story revolves around a large number of characters and is set in a vast fictional world consisting of the Western continent, called Westeros, and the Eastern one, Essos; the capital is King's Landing, where the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms is located. The narrative will then see the most powerful and noble families of the continent clash and ally - and betray! -

Game of Thrones: the plot of all seasons

Complex characters and ambiguous nature, along with political, economic and religious games, characterize the plot of Game of Thrones. Against the backdrop of a tight competition for the throne by the noble class, the population is instead harassed by poverty and degraded conditions. Not only that, but the entire civilization is threatened by the arrival of a very unusual winter, which brings with it forgotten legendary creatures and dark magical forces that would be better left to sleep forever.

First season

The Iron Throne opens in the midst of delicate political machinations, which are a prelude to a war in the Seven Kingdoms. Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, is commissioned by his friend and King Robert Baratheon to travel immediately to the capital, King's Landing, to hold the prestigious position of Hand of the King. However, the clash between the Seven Kingdoms and the families that rule them is now imminent, especially because of the aims of the ruthless members of House Lannister.

In the meantime, Jon Snow, the illegitimate son of Eddard Stark, joins the Night's Watch, the centuries-old guardians of the Wall. The Wall is a gigantic wall made of ice, erected to separate the human world from the Lands of Eternal Winter, from which a terrible threat is coming. At the same time, the throne is also coveted by Daenerys Targaryen and her older brother Viserys, the last survivors of the noble House Targaryen, who ruled before Baratheon's revolt.

Second Season

The war between the families of the Seven Kingdoms has now come to a head. Tyrion Lannister unexpectedly exercises the role of Hand of the King to stand alongside the young and inexperienced Joffrey Baratheon as the rightful king of the continent. The boy succeeded his father after the latter died during a hunting trip.

There are, however, other nobles who are convinced they must get their hands on the Iron Throne, including Robb Stark. Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen seeks an army across the sea after establishing herself as the Mother of Dragons. Beyond the Wall, however, Jon Snow and the Night's Watch are preparing for battle with dark forces now forgotten by most of the population.

Third season

While Daenerys tries to raise an army in the lands of Astapor, Jon Snow ends up dealing with the Wildlings' people. The balance in King's Landing, meanwhile, is set to change: the Tyrell family gradually gains more power, trying to get into the good graces of the seemingly invincible Lannister family.

Traveling north, Bran Stark experiences increasingly realistic dreams as he journeys to the Wall, while his sister Arya meets the priest Thoros of Myr and joins the Brotherhood Without Banners. Robb Stark, then, will be the victim of a blood-red betrayal destined to forever change the entire scenario and the already precarious balance between the families at stake for the conquest of the Iron Throne.

Fourth season

In the fourth season of Game of Thrones, the young and arrogant King Joffrey prepares to marry Margaery Tyrell, but is soon murdered. The charge falls on Tyrion, who faces a death sentence. At the Wall, Jon Snow and the Night's Watch prepare to face the wildling army led by Mance Rayder, who is getting closer and closer to the borders of the Seven Kingdoms. In Meereen, instead, Daenerys Targaryen takes over as Queen of the Eastern Lands and rules with her advisors the Bay of Slavers.

Fifth season

After Tywin Lannister's death at the hands of his son Tyrion, who will escape by sailing to Essos, where he will meet Daenerys, in the capital Queen Mother Cersei Lannister tries to maintain control of the crown, now on the head of the young and inexperienced Tommen Baratheon. Aware of the imminent arrival of the Long Night, Jon Snow tries to forge an alliance with the Wildlings. Arriving in Braavos, Arya Stark instead aspires to acquire the powers of the Faceless Men and become an assassin.

Season Six

In King's Landing, Cersei and Jaime Lannister attempt to reunite the royal family to counter the growing power of the High Sparrow, while the war between House Frey and House Tully continues. At the Wall, Ser Davos Seaworth and Lady Melisandre deal with the aftermath of Jon Snow's death, with Bran Stark continuing his training with the Three-Eyed Raven. Daenerys Targaryen meanwhile is a prisoner of Khal Moro, and Tyrion Lannister works with Varys in an attempt to control the city of Meereen, now without a ruler.

Seventh Season

After the death of the last of her children and her adversaries, Cersei Lannister is now the new Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, and she considers an alliance with the new King of the Iron Islands Euron Greyjoy and House Tarly. At Winterfell, Northern King Jon Snow prepares for the inevitable confrontation with the Night King and his army of White Walkers, while Daenerys Targaryen arrives at Dragonstone. Arya Stark, dopo aver sterminato la famiglia Frey, cerca di tornare dalla sua famiglia, mentre Bran Stark, ora diventato il Corvo con tre occhi, giunge finalmente al Castello Nero della Barriera.

Ottava stagione

A Grande Inverno, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark e i loro alleati si preparano allo scontro con i non morti. Terminata la battaglia contro l’esercito del Re della Notte, sconfitto da Arya Stark, Daenerys attacca Approdo del Re e conquista il Trono di Spade. Ma le cose, in questo finale imprevedibile, prenderanno una piega inattesa, scrivendo nuovi equilibri per il continente.

Game of Thrones: cast e personaggi

Game of Thrones è nota anche per l’altissimo numero di personaggi, tra principali e secondari, a tessere le fila di una narrazione complessa. A seguire, l’elenco di tutti i volti dello show con i rispettivi interpreti:

  • Eddard Stark (stagione 1), interpretato da Sean Bean.
  • Robert Baratheon (stagione 1), interpretato da Mark Addy.
  • Tyrion Lannister (stagioni 1-8), interpretato da Peter Dinklage.
  • Jaime Lannister (stagioni 1-8), interpretato da Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
  • Catelyn Tully (stagioni 1-3), interpretata da Michelle Fairley.
  • Cersei Lannister (stagioni 1-8), interpretata da Lena Headey.
  • Daenerys Targaryen (stagioni 1-8), interpretata da Emilia Clarke.
  • Jorah Mormont (stagioni 1-8), interpretato da Iain Glen.
  • Petyr Baelish (stagioni 1-7), interpretato da Aidan Gillen.
  • Viserys Targaryen (stagione 1), interpretato da Harry Lloyd,.
  • Jon Snow (stagioni 1-8), interpretato da Kit Harington.
  • Sansa Stark (stagioni 1-8), interpretata da Sophie Turner.
  • Arya Stark (stagioni 1-8), interpretata da Maisie Williams.
  • Robb Stark (stagioni 1-3), interpretato da Richard Madden.
  • Theon Greyjoy (stagioni 1-8), interpretato da Alfie Allen.
  • Brandon Stark (stagioni 1-4, 6-8), interpretato da Isaac Hempstead-Wright.
  • Joffrey Baratheon (stagioni 1-4), interpretato da Jack Gleeson.
  • Sandor Clegane (stagioni 1-4, 6-8), interpretato da Rory McCann.
  • Khal Drogo (stagioni 1-2), interpretato da Jason Momoa.
  • Tywin Lannister (stagioni 2-5, ricorrente stagione 1), interpretato da Charles Dance.
  • Davos Seaworth (stagioni 2-8), interpretato da Liam Cunningham.
  • Samwell Tarly (stagioni 2-8, ricorrente stagione 1), interpretato da John Bradley.
  • Stannis Baratheon (stagioni 2-5), interpretato da Stephen Dillane.
  • Melisandre di Asshai (stagioni 2-8), interpretata da Carice van Houten.
  • Margaery Tyrell (stagioni 2-6), interpretata da Natalie Dormer.
  • Jeor Mormont (stagioni 2-3, ricorrente stagione 1), interpretato da James Cosmo.
  • Bronn (stagioni 2-8, ricorrente stagione 1), interpretato da Jerome Flynn..
  • Varys (stagioni 2-8, ricorrente stagione 1), interpretato da Conleth Hill.
  • Shae (stagioni 2-4, ricorrente stagione 1), interpretata da Sibel Kekilli.
  • Talisa Maegyr (stagione 3, ricorrente stagione 2), interpretata da Oona Chaplin.
  • Gendry Baratheon, nato bastardo (stagioni 3, 7-8, ricorrente stagioni 1-2), interpretato da Joe Dempsie.
  • Ygritte (stagioni 3-4, ricorrente stagione 2), interpretata da Rose Leslie.
  • Tormund (stagioni 4-8, ricorrente stagione 3), interpretato da Kristofer Hivju.
  • Gilly (stagioni 4-8, ricorrente stagioni 2-3), interpretata da Hannah Murray.
  • Brienne di Tarth (stagioni 4-8, ricorrente stagioni 2-3), interpretata da Gwendoline Christie.
  • Ramsay Bolton, nato Snow (stagioni 4-6, ricorrente stagione 3), interpretato da Iwan Rheon.
  • Ellaria Sand (stagioni 5-7, ricorrente stagione 4), interpretata da Indira Varma.
  • Daario Naharis (stagioni 5-6, ricorrente stagioni 3-4), interpretato da Ed Skrein (stagione 3) e Michiel Huisman (stagioni 4-6).
  • Missandei (stagioni 5-8, ricorrente stagioni 3-4), interpretata da Nathalie Emmanuel.
  • Tommen Baratheon (stagioni 5-6, ricorrente stagioni 1-2, 4), interpretato da Callum Wharry (stagioni 1-2) e Dean-Charles Chapman (stagioni 4-6).
  • Jaqen H’ghar (stagioni 5-6, ricorrente stagione 2, guest star stagione 1), interpretato da Tom Wlaschiha.
  • Roose Bolton (stagioni 5-6, ricorrente stagioni 2-4), interpretato da Michael McElhatton.
  • Alto Passero (stagione 6, ricorrente stagione 5), interpretato da Jonathan Pryce.
  • Verme Grigio (stagione 8, ricorrente stagioni 3-7), interpretato da Jacob Anderson.

Game of Thrones: dove vederlo

Draghi, battaglie, re e regine di Game of Thrones popolano le pagine di diversi servizi. Tutte le otto stagioni dello show sono infatti disponibili on demand su Sky e in streaming nel catalogo di NowTV. Gli episodi sono presenti anche su Infinity+ totalmente a risoluzione 4K, dove resteranno visibili fino al 10 gennaio 2022.