5 Truly Epicdrlowdon | 22/06/2011 | See all drlowdon's reviews (468)Top 100 Reviewer Top 100 DVD Reviewer Turning a set of epic fantasy novels as complex as George R.R. Martin's best-selling 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series was always going to be a daunting task that could easily have ended in disaster. Fortunately the creators of Game of Thrones have not only lived up to expectations but excelled them. Featuring multiple story lines, each packed with numerous important characters, most viewers who haven't read the novels will find the opening few episodes tough to follow (I know I certainly did!) but stick with the show and you will be rewarded.Featuring a fantastic cast including the likes of Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey Game of Thrones biggest achievement is in maintaining a narrative pace that keeps you engaged even during long scenes of dialogue, of which there are a lot. All of it always feels as though it is required though with much explanation needed to lay out the geography of the seven kingdoms, as well as the various families and dynasties that are fighting for control of this world. In amongst all the explanation there is plenty of sex and violence but unlike many shows it is always there to advance the plot and the ten episodes set things up perfectly for what is sure to be an epic second season.Throwing all the established television rules out the window Game of Thrones is the best original series in a long time. If you haven't yet watched it this is a must buy.