Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martins series of fantasy novels, the first of which is A Game of Thrones. It is filmed at Titanic Studios in Belfast, on location in the United Kingdom, and in Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, Spain, and the United States. The series premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17,2011, the series was renewed for a seventh season, which is scheduled to premiere on July 16,2017, and will conclude with its eighth season in 2018. Set on the continents of Westeros and Essos, Game of Thrones has several plot lines. The first story arc follows a dynastic conflict among competing claimants for succession to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, Game of Thrones has attracted record viewership on HBO and has a broad, active, international fan base. It has been acclaimed by critics, particularly for its acting, complex characters, story, scope, the series has received 38 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2015 and 2016, more than any other primetime scripted television series. Its other awards and nominations include three Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation, a 2011 Peabody Award, and four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama. Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones is roughly based on the storylines of A Song of Ice and Fire, set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the continent of Essos. The series chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the noble families for the Iron Throne. It opens with additional threats in the icy North and Essos in the east, showrunner David Benioff jokingly suggested The Sopranos in Middle-earth as Game of Thrones tagline, referring to its intrigue-filled plot and dark tone in a fantasy setting of magic and dragons. In a 2012 study of deaths per episode, it ranked second out of 40 recent U. S. TV drama series, the series is generally praised for what is perceived as a sort of medieval realism. George R. R. Benioff said, George brought a measure of harsh realism to high fantasy and he introduced gray tones into a black-and-white universe. A common theme in the genre is the battle between good and evil, which Martin says does not mirror the real world. Just like peoples capacity for good and for evil in life, Martin explores the questions of redemption. The show allows the audience to view different characters from their perspective, unlike in many other fantasies, Main characters are regularly killed off, and this has been credited with developing tension among viewers. The series also reflects the death rates in war. Although the first season is a adaptation of the novel
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Power and violence are central themes of Game of Thrones, and the number of weapons made for the series (some of which are shown here) reflects this.