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Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television collection developed by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's collection of fantasy novels, the very first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. It is filmed at Titanic Studios in Belfast and on place elsewhere in Northern Ireland, as effectively as in Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, Spain, Scotland, and the United States. The sequence premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011, and its sixth season concluded on June 26, 2016. The collection was renewed for a seventh period, which is scheduled to premiere in mid-2017 with a whole of seven episodes. The sequence will conclude with its eighth season in 2018.

The sequence is established on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos and interweaves several plot lines with a big ensemble forged. The very first narrative arc follows a dynastic conflict among competing claimants for succession to the Iron Throne of the 7 Kingdoms, with other noble families battling for independence from it the second addresses the makes an attempt to reclaim the throne by the exiled previous scion of the realm's deposed ruling dynasty the third chronicles the increasing risk of the impending winter season and the famous creatures and intense peoples of the North.

Game of Thrones has attracted record quantities of viewers on HBO and attained an extremely broad and lively international admirer foundation. It has received widespread acclaim by critics, particularly for its acting, intricate characters, story, scope, and generation values, although its recurrent use of nudity, violence, and sexual violence has attracted criticism. The series has won 26 Primetime Emmy Awards, which includes the Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Drama Collection in 2015—when it set a record for most wins for a sequence in a one year—and quite a few other awards and nominations, including 3 Hugo Award for Best Extraordinary Presentation, a Peabody Award, and 3 Golden Globe Award nominations. From between the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Collection and a Golden Globe Award for Greatest Supporting Actor – Collection, Miniseries or Television Movie for his functionality as Tyrion Lannister. Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Package Harington, Maisie Williams, Diana Rigg, and Max von Sydow also gained Emmy nominations for their performances in the collection.

The 1st period is a trustworthy adaptation of the novel. Afterwards seasons, even so, started to diverge with substantial alterations. According to David Benioff, the display is "about adapting the collection as a total and pursuing the map George laid out for us and hitting the major milestones, but not necessarily each and every of the stops along the way."

The novels and their adaptation derive factors of their configurations, figures and plot from various events of European history. A principal inspiration for the novels is the English Wars of the Roses (1455–85) in between the residences of Lancaster and York, reflected in Martin's properties of Lannister and Stark, especially with the identify similarities. Most of Westeros is reminiscent of Higher Medieval Western Europe, with its castles and knightly tournaments. The scheming Cersei, for instance, calls to mind Isabella, the "she-wolf of France" (1295–1358). She and her household (as depicted in Maurice Druon's historic novel series The Accursed Kings, in certain) impressed Martin. Other historic inspirations for factors of the series consist of Hadrian's Wall (which became Martin's fantastic Wall), the legend of Atlantis (historic Valyria), Byzantine "Greek hearth" ("wildfire"), Icelandic sagas of the Viking Age (the Ironborn), the Mongol hordes (the Dothraki), and factors from the Hundred Years' War (1337–1453) and the Italian Renaissance (c. 1400–1500). The series' wonderful popularity has been attributed in component to Martin's skill at fusing these disparate factors into a seamless total that seems credible on its personal phrases as an substitute background.