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Happy New Year guys! As another year closes, I look forward to 2013 and have compiled this list of the top films in the genre to look out for next year. Which ones are you looking forward to most? Note: some of these are US release dates and therefore not worldwide.

Mama. Jan. 18, Produced by Guillermo Del Toro.

This looks absolutely terrifying. The story centres around two young girls who have survived alone in the wild for five years before being taken in by their aunt and uncle (Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), but it seems that just because she’s dead, it does not mean their mother isn’t still around. I would highly recommend going to watch the trailer, creepy young girls are still creepy.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Jan. 25.

Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, this film is basically about grown up versions of Hansel and Gretel who now hunt witches full-time. This film looks like really good fun, maybe not the most ground breaking film – but it looks enjoyable nonetheless. Here’s the trailer.

Warm Bodies. Feb. 1.

I’m really looking forward to this film, it looks hilarious in the trailer. Nicolas Hoult plays a zombie in a post-apocalyptic world who falls in love with one of the last humans, and suddenly he starts feeling slightly more human.

Jack the Giant Slayer. March 1.

Nicolas Hoult again stars in a story about a farmhand who accidentally lets giants back into the world through a doorway, and naturally they want to take this world back. Trailer is here.

Oz the Great and Powerful. March. 8.

This film comes courtesy of Sam Raimi and is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, featuring James Franco as Oz who visits Oz in a balloon and meets all the flying monkeys and witches. The trailer looks gorgeous, and the visuals are stunning. Let’s hope the film stands up to it.

The Host. March 29.

Another book adaption from Twilight creator Stephanie Meyer, where an alien invasion hits earth and parasites begin taking over the humans. Except one girl starts fighting back. Yes, this is a love story but I really loved the book and I hope they don’t play it up to much like Twilight because it is so much better than that. Trailer here.

Iron Man 3.  May 3.

Tony Stark is back after The Avengers with the Mandarin and Aldrich Killian destroying his world, and he is looking for those responsible. Again starring Robert Downey Jr, and the trailer is here.

Star Trek Into Darkness. May 17.

Now, I haven’t watched the first film but I have been informed it is rather good. Kirk and Spock are back with Benedict Cumberbatch as a new villain trying to destroy the Starfleet. Here is the trailer.

Epic. May 24.

This looks…. epic. Go watch the trailer now. It is stunning and features one of my favourite songs. This animated adventure is about a battle between good and evil raging in a tiny hidden forest world – and a teenage girl who gets sucked into the middle of it.

After Earth. June 7.

The earth has been abandoned after a war with aliens, but a father and son crash-land back on the planet and have to survive. Starring Will Smith and his son Jaden, this should be a good’un.

Man of Steel. June 14.

Another Superman film, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan. I will admit I am not a Superman fan, but after watching the trailer this looks surprisingly good. Focuses on Superman’s origins and his struggle to get humanity to accept him.

The Wolverine. June 26.

The second film featuring the tough guy Wolverine, focusing on the storyline where he travels to Japan to learn the way of the samurai. As long as they don’t ruin Deadpool again, it should be good – and Hugh Jackman will always be spot on as Wolverine.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Aug. 23

I adore these books from Cassandra Clare. Yes, it’s another young adult fiction but this one is worth the time – I just hope it doesn’t get the Twilight treatment. Lily Collins play Clary, who realises she is a Shadowhunter, aka a demon hunter, with a special destiny. Here’s the trailer.

Riddick. Sep. 6.

Vin Diesel is back as Riddick! I thoroughly love these films, so this is one I shall be looking forward to. He is once again being chased by bounty hunters.

Carrie. Oct. 18.

I will admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, by Stephen King. It felt too over the top for me. But I do appreciate the messages of the story, and am a Chloe Grace Moretz fan, so am expecting good things from this remake. Here is the trailer, with suitable fire and blood.

The World’s End. Oct. 25

An end-of-the-world apocalyptic romp, a la Shaun of the Dead, where two friends go on a pub crawl and face the end of the world. Featuring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman. I’m really looking forward to this, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost make some great films.

Thor: The Dark World. Nov. 8.

The sequel to the first Thor film, he’s back and this time facing some Dark Elves.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Nov. 22.

The second book and film of the series, Catching Fire sees Katniss thrown back into the death ring – this time facing past winners of the game. Another one on my favourites shortlist.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Dec. 13

This may not be a popular opinion, but The Hobbit was the film of 2012 for me. And this time we finally get to see Smaug as Bilbo Baggins faces the dragon, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

There you have it! I haven’t included EVERY film of 2013, as it would take up too many pages. This supposed shortlist is quite long as it is, and includes my personal preference. But what are yours? Which films are you most looking forward to, whether they are featured here or not? And what are we least looking forward to? Drop me a line!

Michonne and Rick

Michonne and Rick

I have now officially caught up with The Walking Dead. Now, to begin with I was not really drawn to it, purely because I have begun to get fed up with standard zombies. I can only take so many Resident Evils et al.

However, The Walking Dead is in a purely different league to the films – which is why it works. It’s more based around the pure survival of an apocalypse, and the crazy shizz that goes down with that and how human beings just can’t cope with this… unless you’re Michonne or Daryl of course.

So, watching the programme I felt that it could teach us a few little lessons if the zombie apocalypse hit that fan – or just general survival tips. (These are purely a bit of fun and tongue-in-cheek, I thoroughly enjoyed The Walking Dead and these reasons in no way made me enjoy the show any less. They just make you think…)

1) Zombies don’t kill people. People kill people. I haven’t officially counted the deaths, but I reckon a significant portion of them are down to humans killing each other or their general stupidity getting somebody else killed or hurt. I could probably count on my fingers the amount of times someone was legitimately killed by a zombie they could not have avoided. For example – T-Dog gashing his arm open of his own accord during the first walker herd and then getting blood poisoning. When no walker was in the immediate vicinity.

2) Guns are noisy. The amount of times the team decide not to use them… and then get the guns back out when under attack. And don’t get me started on how easily they learn how to shoot the head every time.

3) Don’t be a mother or a strong independent woman. Lori turns into a useless character who either gets somebody else to do the dangerous work for her or crashes her car in her one rescue attempt. Andrea takes it too far the other way with her determination to have a gun, but then shoots Daryl by accident and suffers a massive mis-judgement of character with the Governor. The women characters are certainly written better as the series progresses, though.

4) Start learning how to use a crossbow or a katana asap.

5)  Don’t be a group leader. Rick ends up losing the faith of his camp for doing the right thing, and is now starting to lose his mind after the death of Lori. Shane, the wannabe leader, becomes psychotic and the Governor is a power-hungry controller. Just fly under the radar, like Glenn and Maggie, or become your own man like Daryl.

6) JUST TRUST PEOPLE SOMETIMES. Or, more precisely, make sure the very couple of people you do end up trusting are the right people. Michonne? She’s a good one. Axel and Oscar? Good ones. The Governor? Not a good one.

But I fully recommend The Walking Dead to anyone. You’ll find that there are some characters who grate on you, but that’s just life. There are also characters who become their own and blossom as the show progresses, and as we’re watching human survival this makes perfect sense. The Walking Dead, certainly in terms of characters, feels real. And that’s what counts.

The best part of Christmas is the presents. But the second best part is Doctor Who. Aliens, time travel and lots of snow… the stuff of dreams.

At first, I felt the pang of nostalgia hit with the snazzy new title credits with a slightly different tune and effect – there are new title credits, which nicely revert back to the electronica sound and feel of the early series’, and a new TARDIS, which is made even better with the larger use of the Gallifreyan symbols. This really was the end of the Ponds. However, as it is Christmas, excitement won me over.

The episode features a Victorian fairy-tale escapade against some scary snowmen, and this was also the introduction of the new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), after we last saw her as Oswin the Dalek. Clara returned to the easy banter with the Doctor that won our hearts last time. She’s curious, confident, clever and witty – the perfect mix for any companion. By the time you get to the end of the episode the intrigue writer Steven Moffat has built around her has certainly fully peaked the excitement for the new season. I won’t spoil it but you end up with more questions than when you started the episode, which is saying a lot. Although that is classic Moffat Doctor Who.

The scenery of Victorian england is gorgeous, and fits the Christmas theme beautifully. The new look for the Doctor with his top hat and ragged coat is seamlessly perfect. I am so glad the series is back, and the moment Clara saw the TARDIS for the first time and the theme kicked in – you knew you were home.

There are a few niggles. The snowmen were suitably scary, but overall I felt they didn’t convince me in the larger plot, despite bringing back the Great Intelligence. The creepy Victorian presence of Richard E Grant as the main villain felt underused and could have really been utilised better. The plot also felt a bit too sugary and emotional to the point where it started to feel forced. Normally, this would amount to disappointment but all this I can easily overlook in the name of Christmas spirit – as that is exactly what it is there for.

The Doctor Who christmas special would not be the same without a family’s tears saving the day or the story being a little overlooked in favour of pulling on the heartstrings. And if the chemistry between Clara and the Doctor is anything to go by in this episode, feel free to pull on the heartstrings a bit more.

 

I have just watched The Hobbit, and it is epic, gorgeous and sheer fun.

Yes, there have been some bad reviews, but I really cannot see why. Peter Jackson has directed a stunning piece, and his masterful story-telling is as engaging and beautiful as always.

Maybe he has tried to stretch out the storyline so it can justify three films – like adding in cameos not in the book and underlying everything with a darker feel – but for me it works. The extra undertone linking to the Necromancer does not majorly detract from the main storyline at any time, and I believe it brings another side to The Hobbit that maybe was missing in the book. Just what did Gandalf get up to most of the time?

There was also the added aspect of the white Orc, but I felt that it was an added extra that worked in tying all the events of the film together in a way that made visual sense, and something I thought was quite a clever device.

The main glory was the characters. Each and every character was perfectly acted and the characters were spot on. In particular Martin Freeman as the bumbling Bilbo, who effortlessly captured the nervousness and twitching aspects that bring Bilbo to life. My favourite line being when Thorin asks him about his fighting history and he replies “I won a game of conkers once”. Genius.

Sir Ian McKellen is once again an effortless Gandalf, and although Thorin was not as I pictured him from the book (I always saw a more quiet but guiding presence) Richard Armitage brought him to life without crossing that annoying arrogant line you so often get in those types of leader characters. The rest of the dwarves react off each other wonderfully and bring their own individual touch to each character. The scene in Bilbo’s house to introduce them really reflects this beautifully.

I do have to address (as with all reviewers) the frame rate. The frame rate is double what is normal for a film, and is said to provide more detail and stunning visuals. I think it worked. At first I was unsure, as in the battle of Erebor my eyes just could not keep up with the movement, although I am not sure if that was down to the frame rate or the 3D. Eventually my eyes must have  got used to it because it never bothered me after that. One thing I will say is the 3D didn’t work for me, but I am overall not a fan of 3D anyway. The film felt less ‘real’ to me because of the added sense of layers and the scenery would have blended together better without it in my opinion.

But despite that, Peter Jackson has done it again. His level of story-telling is beyond most other directors and he has effortlessly weaved the jolly tale of a hobbit on an adventure into something that is a sheer pleasure to watch. He doesn’t need bundles of action going on in the storyline to be able to hook you in and keep you there for nearly three hours – his use of characters, dialogue and cinematography does it for him. The music is also gorgeous, especially the ‘Misty Mountain’ song that sent shivers down my spine. The little hints of the original Lord of the Rings theme was also a nice touch.

The stand out scene to me was the Riddles in the Dark scene with Gollum. It was hilarious, scary and riveting all at once and you found yourself truly feeling sorry for Gollum by the end of it. “I wasn’t talking to you”.

I thoroughly loved every second of it, and the guy sat next to me even clapped at the end of it. That says it all, really.

This momentous week, beginning on the mighty 10th December, has now been dubbed Hobbit Week. On Thursday, December 13th, The Hobbit hits UK cinemas – and my ticket is already booked for 7pm and has been for about a fortnight. I already have plans to arrive there at LEAST half an hour early just to get a good seat… I refuse to watch the ground-breaking 48FPS with children kicking my chair or instead leaving the cinema with a permanent neck jarr.

Alas, I am no big time blogger. Therefore I cannot give you an early review and revel together… you’ll just have to wait for thursday with me.

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins

But what I can (and will) do is do a nice review of the book! As, I am ashamed to admit, I finished it last night. Now, my mum did read it to me when I was a wee thing, but because I was a wee thing I don’t remember much (basically any) of it. My memory is truly awful with books as I’ve read far too many of them in my 20 years. I was determined to read it before the film, however, because that is always the best way to enjoy film adaptions, and I adore Lord of the Rings. Plus I never got that chance with LotR, so here is my turn!

The book, as most people have decided before me, is a right charm. It is a shiny gem in Gollum’s cave and as adoringly bumbling as Bilbo. Unlike books for kids such as Harry Potter, you are constantly reminded it is for children, but that is why it works so well.

The simplicity of it is where I believe the genius lies – it is quite literally there and back again. The random events along the way help to flesh it out and give the story some depth, but it is purely for story’s sake. It is a book full of chance encounters that give J.R.R Tolkien a chance to fascinate us with more people of his world.

Which is what gives the book its richness – its characters. Despite the dwarves blending into one entity (apart from Thorin Oakenshield) you love each and every one of them separately. Bilbo is such a good piece of characterisation, who epitomizes Hobbit’s and the less adventurous of us all. There is definitely something decidedly British about him as well. The way he becomes a name unto himself, especially after the chapter with Gollum, makes you root for him more and more. Gandalf is… well, Gandalf, which is all we need to say. Even driven Thorin melts your heart a little as the adventure goes on.

It’s like revisiting your favourite Disney films – clearly for children but that’s why you love it so much.

Although, for this reason I have become a teensy bit apprehensive towards the film. I know it is in perfectly good hands with Peter Jackson, but stretching it across one film (let alone a trilogy) will be interesting to see. Fitting in the extra folklore to tie it with the LotR is another thing I can’t wait to see how they tackle, as The Hobbit is far from a back-story tale. It just doesn’t need the extra information.

Adapting the storyline, the chance encounters and wonderfully random adventures, for the film screen is certainly something I am looking forward to seeing, plus whether they will include the more sinister side to the ring, and whether they pull it off only time will tell.

 

Batman and Robin pose for a photo

This weekend (24th and 25th November) was another Memorabilia event at the NEC in Birmingham. The event was by itself, without the Expo, but didn’t mean it was any less jam-packed and amazing!

The amount of stalls and goodies on offer selling wonderful things, from collectibles to handmade items, meant there was plenty of on offer to everyone of all ages. I even managed to tick off my mum’s and brother’s christmas presents for reasonable bargains (I can’t tell you what I bought though in case they read this!) I was a tad sad that I couldn’t afford anything for myself this time around, but there was plenty there for me to day-dream over. In particular I loved the Big Chief stall, that included such beautifully life-like Doctor Who figures. There were plenty of other stalls there too ranging from handmade jewellery, artwork, figurines, film posters or a vintage ewok. Expect a Memorabilia inspired fashion of the week post very soon!

I also loved the RPF stand, where they had a gorgeous display of prop replicas for people to just come and admire. My particular favourite were the Terminator props, especially the frozen T-1000 – if I could have that in my future house I would be rather happy! (Dammit, I’d go without a sofa just to fit it in…)

I personally prefer going to the shows to see the stalls rather than the signings, but the Hoff himself was there along with a Only Fools and Horses mini reunion and various other TV and sport stars.

As they didn’t have a masquerade, I also really enjoyed the mini parades showing off the best cosplay of the day, and then the Star Wars characters brought in especially for the show.

The cosplay was also wonderful as usual, and I am determined to get myself a costume for one of the next shows! Maybe I’ll manage it for next year… watch this space…

Here are just a few more images from the day,

Parade of Star Wars characters

R2-D2 made an appearance, complete with sound effects!

T-1000 replica at the RPF stand

Pirate-fly* being held by Stormtroopers, who posed with fans throughout the day

Dalek!

Olly Moss’ Star Wars series of posters

Last night (16th November) I took a trip to Leeds to visit the White Cloth Gallery, where they had the opening of the “Mondo So Far” exhibition. This was curated by graphic designer Olly Moss on behalf of Mondo, whose members produce limited edition screen printed posters of classic and contemporary films, and is the first exhibition of its kind in the UK. The only disappointment of the night was not winning one of 10 signed copies of Olly’s “Silhouettes from Popular Culture” book or the golden ticket – where the winner received a print especially designed by Olly on a film of their choice. I suppose winning a Game of Thrones paperweight last year used up my winning luck for the next decade…

The Exhibition featured Olly’s work alongside other featured Mondo artists and will be there, free entry, from now until 2nd December 2012 – or you could also see Olly at the Thought Bubble comic con in Leeds today and tomorrow (17th and 18th November).

A selection of images as part of the exhibition

Although the work was of films of all genres, there a suitable mix of geek thrown in. All the work featured from the various artists was to such an awe-inspiring level and made me really wish I could produce something with even a smidgen of that talent! Another particular favourite artist of mine was Tyler Stout, whose posters of Star Wars and the Avengers I particularly loved. His style is so detailed and intricate, featuring such in-depth and thought out compositions. His illustration is amazing, and the images of the actors are extremely lifelike, whilst still sticking to Tyler’s main style.

Tyler Stout’s series of Star Wars posters

The Avengers poster, by Tyler Stout

There was also live painting from Best Joined Up at the event which was fascinating to watch, which then got auctioned off at the end of the night to raise money for Barnardo’s (half of each ticket price also went to Barnardo’s), plus there was a Q & A with Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael, Olly Moss and Jock which was informal but really interesting.

If anyone’s in or around Leeds in the next week or two, I would really recommend popping into the White Cloth Gallery. The exhibition is gorgeous to look at and admire all the talent and different styles to the film posters – it’s a must for fans of film, geek or beautiful design and illustration.

Live Painting from two members of houseofbetty

Batman posters by Olly Moss & Jock

Dracula poster by Vania Zouravliov

More live painting from the event, which featured eight artists altogether

Vintage Doctor Who poster, by Olly Moss – my favourite from the night

Me next to a Return of the Jedi poster by Olly Moss

So apparently there’s been some Star Wars news? Anyone remind me? Oh right, yeah. THERE WILL BE A NEW TRILOGY. MADE BY DISNEY.

That Mickey Mouse plush toy dressed as a Jedi that I bought from Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida is now a reality…

The geek sphere of the internet went into meltdown last night when the news hit and I know I am still in shock. Let me repeat – Disney have bought Lucasfilm off George Lucas for $4.05bn. Now, this is not a news-y blog but I felt that this was too massive not to comment on.

They have promised Star Wars Episode VII by 2015, the same year Avengers 2 is set to be released, and a further two films to follow that – making a brand new trilogy. I still do not know what to think about this, and I’m one of the Star Wars fans who genuinely liked the recent films (although I have yet to see Phantom Menace. Like I said, a disgrace). However Episodes IV, V and VI will always be the pinnacle of the franchise.

At first, I was greatly dismayed at the idea. For me, you should not touch things that were great as they were. Just look at Terminator Salvation – nothing on the first films of the series. A Star Wars not helmed by George Lucas did not sound like a positive outcome to me, and you could never beat the charm of the original films. Doors that close slowly and properly and not jarring you say? Modern, perfectly polished CGI and 3D you say?!

Although now I have had chance to sleep on it I began thinking. This is not a remake, and Lucasfilm are still involved despite the Disney takeover. And though we may laugh at the Mouse House jokes surrounding this story, I trust Disney. People are arguing that Star Wars was their childhood, but for me it was Disney and I have utter belief in them. Maybe they do not have the back catalogue to show what they could so with a film like Star Wars, but they are still churning out wonderful pieces (look at Brave and Toy Story 3).

There is also what they did with Avengers, as Disney now also own Marvel. A brilliant choice was made in putting Joss Whedon in charge of that and there’s no reason that Star Wars could not be similarly inspired. There is an army of talented filmmakers out there and you know they will treat the Star Wars name with the utmost respect if given the chance to do it – imagine the backlash if they didn’t.

So whilst we are all still reeling, and I will admit I would rather they just left it alone, if they do have to do it lets have faith. Lets not judge until it is here and trust that the people in charge still know what they are doing. What are your opinions? Leave a comment!

Mickey Mouse – Jedi Style!

I finally got round to watching Prometheus, and I am finding  it a struggle to compose what I want to say in this blog. I really wanted to be involved in it. The film, for all intent and purposes, was glorious on all scales – except the one that counted. Viewer connection. (Warning – spoilers ahead).

Shaw, from Prometheus. Graphic created by Rhiannon Szulc. I do not own the character.

As it is directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) you sit down with Prometheus feeling like it will be something special. In Prometheus, a group of explorers and scientists board their spaceship to visit an alien planet in search of the truth behind the origins of mankind. There, they come across dangerous species and a fight for their lives.

Scott is a forerunner in directing Science Fiction epics, so why would this be any different? The cast, also, feels like a winner. All the characters have been carefully chosen to respect the various attitudes of the crew members and this really shines through in the acting. Highlights are Charlize Theron as the cool Vickers, Noomi Rapace as the fairly naive Shaw, and especially the cold and enigmatic delivery of cyborg David, played by Michael Fassbender.

However, the way these characters are represented leaves the viewer wanting more. Although the cast is excellent, they do not really have much to play with. The pregnancy and subsequent “caesarean” scene with Shaw sets you on the edge of your seat and does leave you feeling uncomfortable – but as she loses her boyfriend, discovers she’s pregnant, performs a crude foreign object removal of the foetus, then seems to get over all this by running and jumping around (all in the space of roughly ten minutes) you find yourself losing momentum with the film. The plot events are mainly kicked off by the errors of the crew – despite it being their job. Why send electricity through an unknown head, just to see how it will react with no intital testing? Why go back to discuss the meaning of life with an alien after finding the corpses that said alien had been responsible for? Why constantly prod alien goo and strange lifeforms, whilst also having no regard whatsoever for alien planet contamination protocol? It leaves you wishing the fantastic cast had characters with a little more depth and sense behind them.

A saving grace of Prometheus is undoubtedly the visuals. The opening sequence with the Engineer is beautifully done and sets the tone for the gorgeous cinematography and scenery throughout. The way the inside of the alien spaceship is shot is genuinely creepy and really does create the atmosphere and tone that is carried through the entire film – there is always a sense that something is not quite right. This is science fiction cinematography created at its best, there is no denying that. The storm clouds were breathtaking, the desolate landscape of the planet was suitably eerie and the overall atmosphere was spot on.

But that is not enough for me to care. And I really, really wanted to. The characters are not given enough meat for us to make any connections with them, the storyline overall feels a bit weak and wanting in places and you really do struggle to care for any of it. It just needs that sprinkle of viewer connection and it would be there. But it just does not quite reach it. Which is such a massive shame for what we expected Prometheus to achieve. 3 out of 5 stars.

I love Television.  I have an unashamed, unhealthy attachment to fictional characters (TV, books, films, comics – even video games) and I have come to terms with this. I can even admit it openly now. However, I am an awful TV watcher. Unless it is Doctor Who, I often tape so many series which then sit there awaiting my critical but accepting eye – and thus never get seen. People discuss the latest shows and my contribution always seems to be “I so want to watch that! I’ve got it taped ready just not got round to it!” Story of my life. It took me four years to watch Supernatural on DVD, become thoroughly obsessed by it, only to have missed season 7 because (you guessed it) it is currently sitting in my Sky+ list. True Blood is one of these missed shows. Nikita, Lost Girl, The Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time just a few others. Maybe now is the time to watch these so I can blog about it!

And until last week another on this seemingly endless list – Game of Thrones. But I can finally shout out to the world – I HAVE SEEN GAME OF THRONES (well, up til the penultimate episode of season 1 anyway. Season 2 is next week).

Season 1 Boxset

I have no idea why it has taken me so long. It is a truly epic series of which would never have been possible through TV until now. No fantasy based show has come close to the standards and reach of Game of Thrones. It’s ambition is paramount. First off, the cinematography and scenery holds just enough scale and gloom to make this world believable. The characters are all richly padded out and the dialogue is considered and correctly echoes the overall tone of the show.

Admittedly, some of this ambition does get misplaced. There are a whole army of characters and more to remember the names of, sometimes those names are very similar – and there are only so many middle-aged, brown-haired, armoured men you can remember. The first few episodes it also takes a while to grasp the houses and who belongs to whom.

But once you get your head around the sheer depth of the series its many merits shine through. There are some true gems amongst the cast. The rebellion and spirit of Arya, the determination of Bran, the wit of Tyrion, the inner strength of Deanerys. Even the more twisted characters have enough depth behind them to emphasise their interest. Each and every character you become intrigued by and want to know all the back stories and history, and with so many characters this alone would take up a show by itself. If you even dared to become bored by a character, another will swoop in and grab your interest again. Add to that the underlying plot of war, treachery and danger and you have a full web of interest and intrigue to fully hook you in – and keep you there.

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