How Game Of Thrones Changed TV And No One Noticed

Game of Thrones provided unforgettable moments, near-perfect episodes, and stunning seasons throughout its run, but as it continued, it also changed television in many ways, including a few more subtle changes that flew slightly under the radar.

As Game of Thrones started its run, it seemed to have a clear main character that viewers were supposed to rally behind, and that character was Ned Stark. As the honorable patriarch of the highborn Stark family, Ned, the Warden of the North, was lured away from his family and life at Winterfell to head to King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros, to become the Hand of the King. In doing so, he splinters the Stark family across the map of Westeros, leaving his wife and sons behind as he and his daughters make a new home in King’s Landing.

However, things take a turn for the worse when Ned discovers that the heirs to the throne aren’t actually the children of King Robert Baratheon, but are instead the children of Queen Cersei and her brother. In the penultimate episode of the first season, he confesses to his “crimes” in front of the entire populace of King’s Landing, ultimately losing his head anyway. Fans of the books saw this moment coming, but for those who had just started with the show, it remains one of the best moments on Thrones, perfectly setting up expectations before yanking the rug out from under the entire audience.

From older films like Ben-Hur to more recent epics like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, movies have always been afforded the budgets and scope to stage enormous action sequences, but that opportunity has largely been absent from television. Even prestige dramas like Breaking Bad and Mad Men, while beautifully shot, remained relatively modest in scope, but all of that changed with Game of Thrones.

Easily the most technically ambitious show in television history, Thrones’ filming spanned continents, shooting in exotic locales like Iceland and Croatia as it gave fans bigger and bigger sequences. Keep watching the video to see how Game of Thrones changed TV and no one noticed!

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Subverting expectations | 0:15
Making TV cinematic | 1:12
Record-beaking budgets | 2:23
Moving past the source | 3:39
Shock and awe | 4:37

Comments

Looper says:

Given the epic scale of it, do you think we'll ever see a tv series like Game of Thrones again?

Multimedia Man says:

#1: “I only watch it for the plot.”

J.C. Denton says:

Redwall > Game of Thrones

ramzi karram says:

In season 8 only the first 3 episodes were fine but the final 3 were bad but episod 6 was very disappointed that's even l hate every moment after Jon snow kill Dany

KingJah14 says:

Law and Order: SVU changed TV. 21 seasons vs what? 3….yeah nah

NME gaming says:

I'm pretty sure about 25 million people noticed.

Dan Jipson says:

While EVERYONE noticed how they changed tv forever…..did anyone ELSE notice that Looper spelling "Record-Beaking budgets" instead of "Record-BREAKING…?"

try.me.and.find.out says:

So, we all gonna just ignore looper forgetting the R in breaking?

Brainwash says:

best series ever made

Nick Nixon says:

I think George RR Martin probably told the writers they could no longer do character development, which is why in seasons 7 & 8 all of the characters just stood around or walked around or just said & did dumb shit that they would not have done in all the other previous seasons.

Floyd S says:

I find GoT (books and series) to be both gross and just too much (violence, incest, etc)… it has good writing and dialogue, but the incest and violence is just way beyond the pale.

Matt Baum says:

Season 7 could've been better but it wasn't that bad compared to season 8. Season 8 was just plain embarrassing.

Matt Baum says:

I wonder how the Battle of Winterfell would've gone if the Battle of The Bastards never happened

Earthwarrior says:

Game of Thrones is garbage.

Keith Shelley says:

I noticed. It continued to undermine morality and decency that seems to be the trend Hollywood has pursued for over a century. Turned it off.

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MoviesNGames007uk says:

Band of Brothers is one of the best TV shows of all time

Kato 47 says:

How looper changed YouTube and no one noticed

Zike mazowski says:

No one everyone noticed this.

Xavier Castro says:

Game of Thrones would’ve gotten away as one of the greatest tv shows ever if it weren’t for season 8 as I’ve heard from people

The sound of, do you hear it? Git Gud says:

Everyone noticed, also, this show is bad. Was good, but now bad.

Jess T. says:

One of the most acclaimed shows in modern history changed TV? No shit Sherlock 😂

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