May 30, 2012

Game of Thrones Marathon on HBO Zone

Game of Thrones Season One Blu-Ray

Hide the kids. Beginning on June 2, there will be a Game of Thrones marathon on HBO Zone.

What means this news? All nine episodes of Season 2 will be shown on HBO Zone, a sister channel to HBO. Sort of like Cersei Lannister, without all the scheming.

At the end, viewers will be treated to the tenth and final episode of Season 2. Huzzah!

Actually, Game of Thrones isn’t lame enough to use the phrase “huzzah”, at least not that I’ve seen or read. I’ve watched all of Season 1 and read the first three books. The books are responsible for introducing me to one of my new favorite words, unmanning.

For the record, the series of books are actually titled A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones is only Book One. But I must admit that Game of Thrones is a better title for the TV series.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen the show, you should, because its really good. So are the books, although be warned: these are lengthy and addictive tomes.

The HBO series is less intimidating. Each season is just ten episodes. If you’ve never seen the show and want to catch up, HBO subscribers can make use of HBO Go, which allows the viewing of HBO content on computers as well as iPads and other mobile-type screens. Don’t get any ideas about hooking up your iPad or iPhone to your HD TV, though. It won’t work. At least that’s what I read on the Internet, which is never wrong. (Cough.) You can get HBO Go on your XBox 360 via XBox Live, but that requires spending more money. You can also get the show via HBO On Demand if you have a cable box; I have a Tivo because I can’t do anything the easy way.

There’s also DVDs. Remember those? That’s how the wife and I got up to speed. Netflix doesn’t have the rights to stream any HBO content, and they even have to pay full price for DVDs. But if you are already paying Netflix you may as well use the service. Be warned: there are only two episodes per disc, which is frustrating. If you prefer to own your media, you can get Season One on Blu-Ray from Amazon. I didn’t do that, because I’m cheap and at the moment am trying to avoid purchasing physical media in an effort to reduce clutter. That said, the show looked amazing on DVD and would probably look even better on Blu-Ray. HBO must make a lot of money, because this series looks expensive to film. Here’s a trailer. Not safe for kids or work. Unless you work at HBO or something, and your kids are older than mine.

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Oh, last thing. Don’t watch this show with your kids. It is, as the wildlings of Massachusetts say, wicked violent and has lots of nekkid people touching each other in certain places. Good stuff. Just not for kids.

Image of Game of Thrones Season One on Blu-Ray via Amazon.

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