Peter Dinklage won his first Emmy award Sunday for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s ground-breaking medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones is based off of a series of popular fantasy novels entitled “A Song of Fire and Ice” and chronicles the violent conflicts and struggles between noble families vying for control of the ‘Iron Throne’. The unprecedented genre series has been called a darker ‘Lord of the Rings’ made for television. Thrones enjoys stunning visuals, exceptional storytelling, strong writing, dense mythology, superb acting, and an ensemble cast. The series focuses primarily on political and military conflicts between four major powers: House Lannister, House Baratheon, House Targaryen, and House Stark. Just like the real four major powers, these ones certainly have their differences. House Lannister is characterized by its financial strength and stability: being the Guardian house of the realm, it is known that ‘a Lannister always pays his debts’. House Baratheon is known for being wild and impuslive: being the Artisan house, ‘usurper’ King Robert Baratheon admittedly was ‘better at taking the throne than keeping it’. House Targaryen is characterized by mysticism and hope: being the Idealist house that is fabled to have a kinship with dragons. Lastly House Stark is characterized by its adherence to reason and pragmatism: being the Rational house that knows ‘Winter is Coming’. All four houses constantly struggle for power much as all four temperaments do the same. Game of Thrones season 2 has been cast and is coming Spring 2012.
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