Based on the fantasy novel series by George R.R. Martin, HBO’s Game of Thrones is a television series that embodies everything that is loved in a period drama mixed with mythical aspects that makes it truly shine among all other shows. Period dramas can be a little restrictive in their audience, since not everyone finds them appealing onscreen. While the series has a medieval style in regard to the dialect and environment, the fantasy aspects put a spin on it that help to include a larger demographic of viewers.
Many shows choose to have a futuristic take on their storyline, but not all plots have to include machine guns and modern technologies of war. The sword fights and battle scenes in Game of Thrones can stand up to any explosion-filled film on screen, and only help to further the intrigue of the show.
Yet it’s the fantasy aspects that make it truly unique. Just as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga (and the attendant Peter Jackson movies) had a monumental fan base, Game of Thrones has broken records with the millions of viewers it continues to bring in with each new season. While other shows tend to dwindle in their story-line as the series progresses, Game of Thrones seems to delve deeper into the world that George R.R. Martin created in A Song of Ice and Fire.
Season 6 has revealed even more insight into all of the diverse characters in the series, and has opened the door to what audiences have been waiting for all of these years. While the first season introduced the characters at a young age, they have since grown and with it so has the story. Check out our list for the 15 fantasy aspects of Game of Thrones, and see why it is one of the most beloved series on television.
15 Back Through Time
When Bran Stark first went on the journey to find the Three-Eyed Raven, fans didn’t realize there was an actual character behind this mythical creature. Max von Sydow is the actor that plays the Three-Eyed Raven in Season 6, but he is also known by other names. He was actually a sorcerer that lived over a hundred years ago by the name of Brynden Rivers, and helped Bran cultivate his powers. Going back through time to see glimpses of crucial aspects of the story-line, fans got to see Eddard Stark again (even if it was a younger character played by a different actor).
13 The Wall
Since Game of Thrones is largely a period piece, there aren’t any of the modern technologies available for communication. Ravens have the job of sending messages, and are similar to passenger pigeons. Yet, from the way ravens are killed off on the show, the characters should worry if the ravens will eventually become extinct just as the passenger pigeons. Over a century ago, the last of the passenger pigeons, Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo and the species officially became extinct.
11 Targaryen Immune To Fire
It’s common for fantasy dramas to include mythical diseases, but they usually come in the form of some sort of zombie. Greyscale is a disease that has similarities to real diseases from centuries ago. Both Typhoid and Polio created mental and physical symptoms, but nothing like Game of Thrones' Greyscale. Common in cold and damp climates, children are most usually afflicted with Greyscale but it can also be transmitted through touch. The skin begins to die and crack to create a stone-like touch, hence the name "Stone Men."
9 Lord Of Light Brought Back From Death
Once audiences were introduced to the concept of the Lord of Light, they became fascinated by those that could wield its power. While the staring into the fire may or may not depict the future, it’s the ability to bring the dead back to life that really impresses fans. Beric Dondarrion was resurrected a number of times, with the most recent being after he was defeated by The Hound. While that was done right after he passed, the resurrection of Jon Snow was the true shocker of the series.
8 Red Priestess
7 Faceless Man
Direwolves first made an appearance in Game of Thrones at the very beginning of Season 1, and gave some insight into the changes that were to come later in the series. Although a direwolf is on House Stark’s sigil, it came as a huge shock when the Starks found a litter of direwolves south of the Wall. It foreshadowed the fact that the Starks' words were true, “Winter IS coming,” and along with it, the Direwolves and White Walkers.
4 The Children Of The Forest
3 White Walkers
Unlike the Stark’s wolves that are known to be north of The Wall, dragons were long since thought of as extinct. So, when Daenerys was gifted the three dragon eggs by Illyrio, it was thought of as a decorative piece rather than something that could actually hatch. Not only was she able to bring the dragons into the world, but they are thriving and have become much more than just the small bird-like creatures they were once they first hatched. Always considered highly intelligent, they are able to understand the Valyrian language spoken by Daenerys and can even take commands. They are much more animalistic than the other cartoon-like dragons from films that show them talking, and it’s interesting to hear stories about dragons from long ago. Joffrey Baratheon offered an interesting tidbit saying, “Rhaenyra Targaryen was murdered by her brother, or rather, his dragon. It ate her while her son watched.” Oftentimes in the series, it’s easy to see that the dragons don’t always do as they are commanded.
Sources: nerdist, wikia, nationalgeographic
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