The adaptation of A Game of Thrones has finally been released, and the reviews are overwhelmingly raves. Here's the USA Today crtic on the series:
Game boys, rejoice. It has been a long haul for fans of George R.R. Martin's 1996 fantasy best seller A Game of Thrones — the first in a planned seven-book series.
They've had to endure a lengthy wait between books (only four have been finished so far, the last in 2005) and an even lengthier one for a movie or TV adaptation.
On the TV side, at least, chances are that most will think the wait has been worthwhile. It's hard to imagine a better screen transfer than this HBO series from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, which starts its 10-episode run with a slightly extended opener (in case you're setting a recording device). If you love quasi-medieval, sword-and-fantasy epics, this is pretty much what they should be, and what Starz's Camelot might have been had it been done with more talent and a whole lot more money.
When it comes to money, of course, no one spends like HBO. In this case, the result is a show where everything looks exactly as you'd imagine it should. The value of that initial sensory impression is that it immediately settles you into Martin's world and makes you more receptive to his incredibly complex — and, for non-initiates, not readily grasped — tale of courtly intrigue in the mythical Seven Kingdoms of Westeros...
'Game of Thrones' rides in handsomely on HBO