One cannot simply walk into Game of Thrones.* If you don’t start at the beginning, you’ll be lost. Or will you? MTV News recently spoke with Peter Dinklage during a junket for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the interviewer admitted he’s never watched Game of Thrones and asks for a quick overview. After recovering from a moment of shock, Dinklage takes the time he has – 45 seconds – to summarize the series.
If a friend asked me to capture all four seasons of the series in that amount of time, I would mostly fumble over words as I tried to talk as fast as possible. How do you capture all the death, plotting, betrayals, and intricate story lines in a few sentences? It would take at least 30 minutes just to discuss the sigils, words, and histories of the great houses of Westeros. Luckily, I didn’t have to answer the question. Allow Dinklage to demonstrate how it’s done (the video only has one mild spoiler):
He hits the highlights of what happens without giving anything huge away. That takes talent. Mix stabbing with some sexy and some beautiful language and music, and you’ve got the basics. Then add a sprinkle of humor and don’t forget about the incest! His description of Game of Thrones should be turned into a rap and put onto the next soundtrack. I’d buy the single on iTunes.
If you had less than a minute to explain Game of Thrones, how would you describe it? Share your summaries in the comments.
HT: The Mary Sue
*Before anyone says anything, yes, I know that line is from The Fellowship of the Ring.