It’s been over nine years since the first-ever episode of HBO’s popular TV show Game of Thrones was aired on 17 April 2011. It has been one of the best TV shows of all time. Game of Thrones is a must-watch if you want a change from the regular sitcoms, soap operas and action flicks.
There’s a misunderstanding among a faction of society that thinks this fantasy show is only suitable for nerdy boys, but nothing could be further than the truth.
Everyone can and does enjoy the show. The most often asked question that I get from the people who haven’t watched the show is, “Why is Game of Thrones so popular?” or “What makes Game of Thrones so compelling?”
After hearing this question many times during random occasions, I have decided to put an end to it by writing down everything that makes the show so unique, raw and excellent.
When it comes to the fantasy genre, you shouldn’t wonder why Game of Thrones is so popular after reading this writeup. Here are top-6 reasons that make Game of Thrones so enthralling and brilliant for every entertainment buff
Top Six Reasons Game of Thrones is Still Popular
There are plenty of reasons that make GoT one of the best TV shows that have ever been made in the fantasy period drama genre. However, listing all of them here isn’t possible. So we have picked six best things that are really great about this show.
We are sure that after reading them, you will definitely start binge-watching the series without any delay.
Have you ever wondered what a medieval drama set in a fictional world would look like? Well, if you haven’t, all you have to do is watch Game of Thrones. The show is based on a fantasy novel series by George R. R. Martin called A Song of Ice and Fire.
Despite its origin, the show manages to make its mark without doing injustice to the source material.
You have everything from war, politics, violence, picturesque scenery, romance in it. The bold nudity, rampant sex, fire-breathing dragons, zombies, the struggle to attain the power, and the ugly dark sides of everyone is revealed throughout it.
Without revealing the story, we assure you that the show’s story manages to catch your attention. It makes you question your long-held beliefs. The characters in the story are what brings the real substance to it.
If you are looking for a breathtaking story, Game of Thrones is the best show to have it.
How often do you see a TV show with a complete set of characters with their depth, origin stories, dark sides, and complexities? Not much, I guess. Well, Game of Thrones, right from the beginning, shows you characters that have their role to play in the spiral hierarchy of power.
It’s no mere portrayal of everyone in plain black and white. You see that everything’s in the grey line. Not only villains, but heroes also have dark sides and pasts in it. It’s a thrilling experience to watch their origin stories and struggle to attain power while also staying alive.
The one good thing that makers of this show did was picking up the right talent for the characters, and it means you can connect with them on an emotional level.
When you see ‘good men’ like Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, or Kit Harrington on the screen. You are sympathetic to their struggles and ideals. That’s because these folks have breathed life into the characters they have played.
The same can be said about the ‘bad men’ of the show. Jack Gleeson, Charles Dance, or Iwan Rheon. When you see their true colors during the show, you will feel like punching them straight into faces. That’s how brilliantly they have done their work.
For a moment, you will think that each person was ‘destined’ to play theIr respective role.
Okay, let’s be honest here. Who wouldn’t want to see some quality violence on the screen? Even after technological advancements, pulling off some damn good violence is a tough job.
Game of Thrones has plenty of on-screen violence. It is horrible, it is disgusting, but most importantly, it feels realistic. During each season, you will watch people dying, skulls smashing, throats getting slit, swords piercing the bodies.
With CGI, the violence looks real, especially dragons turning people into ashes by breathing fire.
And let’s get to the main point, the rampant nudity is one of the main attractions of the show. It’s not a Rom-Com, but it does have romantic elements sprinkled here and there.
There are beautiful women, and almost all of them do get naked in the show whenever the opportunity comes.
The show makers have managed to pick the cast of some of the most attractive female artists. If you are looking for something like that, Game of Thrones won’t disappoint you in any season.
The locations of the Game of Thrones are something that most of us don’t appreciate enough. It has been filmed in various parts of the globe. From icy mountains of Iceland, deserts of Morocco, Mediterranean Croatian towns, and other parts of Europe, you see everything.
The makers haven’t used CGI to construct the fictional world of Westeros. The balanced use of CGI and real locations makes you look at it with awe.
There’s one more bonus that you should watch the show for, it is the way the show questions our long-held beliefs. Are good people that spotless? Are evil people evil for no reason? What’s the idea behind our most actions? And the most important one, do we control power and wealth or do they control us instead?
If you want to watch a medieval fantasy show, you can’t afford to miss watching the beginning to the Game of Thrones Season 8. From season one to final season, every episode is an absolute treat to watch.