(Spoilers): Five reasons that Game of Thrones is the best show on television right now
If following an episode of Law & Order seems complicated, then an episode of Thrones will really f*ck your shit up. The plots twist, turn, meander, sprint and sometimes end up in elegant cul-de-sacs that reveal too much, reveal nothing at all, and everything you watch and try to figure out seems like you are playing a game of chess while drunk, stoned and half-asleep. George R.R. Martin is an intellectual sadist, because the show follows his books fairly close, and just when you think you have figured out who is gonna shank who in the back, and who is going to be the next character with his/her head on a stake mounted on a castle wall, you are dead wrong, and it's somebody else. Between the military tactics, political maneuvering and trying to ascertain what each characters' motivations are, it's easy as pigeon pie to walk away from each episode scratching your head -- or banging it against a wall.
1. The glorious imp of Lannister.
Peter Dinklage stars as one of the main characters (if not THE main character): the quick-witted and politically-savvy dwarf Tyrion Lannister, who is hated by his family, loved over and over by whores, and who is frequently misunderstood -- and is always in some sort of a jam where he is inches away from being slaughtered. In the very first episode of season one, the first scene with Tyrion in it shows him in a seedy brothel swilling a mug of ale on his top half, and being...erm...serviced down below. This first meeting is a harbinger of things to come from "The Imp," as he's called, and Tyrion makes the show with his clever jabs, incessant potty mouth and penchant for drinking, whoring and trying to outwit his sister the queen (who has a "special" relationship with their brother Jamie), his father the power behind the throne, and his asshole nephew Joffrey, who is a little king with a big attitude problem.
Even if the rest of the show were flat-out boring -- which thank the seven gods of Westeros it isn't -- it would be worth tuning in every week just to watch what jacked-up messes Tyrion manages to wiggle his way out of. And Dinklage's stellar performances every week will make you glad you decided to ante up for expanded cable.