Game Of Thrones analysis

Analysis of Game of Thrones script
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Game Of Thrones analysis of a worlwide success-story

Story&Drama analyzes for you the 20 first episodes of Game Of Thrones, scene by scene.

Our goal is to disassemble the TV series to see how it was made, how it works from the scriptwriter’s point of view, and to find inspiration in this knowledge.

Game Of Thrones tells many plots in a long chronology of hundreds of events in broad spaces, but still with a remarkable coherence, some overall moves, parallelisms, seizing characters‘ destinies, powerful episode climaxes and frequent cliff-hangers, among other drama effects (suspenses, convergences, general crises).

How to reproduce all of that in your own scripts ? How to generate such dramatic intensity?

  • Title: Game of Thrones
  • Release year: 2011
  • Creators: David Benioff, Daniel Weiss
  • Scriptwriters: Bryan Cogman, Vanessa Taylor, Jane Espenson…
  • Genre: TV series ; fantastic and medieval epic story, Heroic Fantasy, war
  • Analyzed episodes: 20
  • Scenes: 410
  • Plots: more than 100, including around 40 major plots
  • Characters having at least one actantial role: 67
  • Total of actantial roles: 174
  • Average of roles per character: 3
  • Most important characters: Catelyn Stark (14 roles), Eddard Stark (8 roles), les Lannister (7 roles), Cersei (7 roles) etc

The series of novels A song of Ice and Fire knows an international success and regularly ranks in the top of the list in various countries.

The TV series Game of Thrones does even better, TVs of the world fighting to buy the broadcasting rights. Each new episode generates peeks of Google searches, Youtube video views, Facebook and Twitter shares, and records of piracy over the streaming and illegal download websites.

The common point between the two success-stories ?

Game of Thrones‘s story of course, the thrilling quality of the way it is written, the richness and depth of its characters, the intensity of its narrative rhythm and of its multiple dramatic explosions.

At the source of this global phenomenon, were just a few ideas in an author‘s mind – Georges R.R. Martin!

Fans of Game of Thrones or authors willing to learn the art of scriptwriting through one of its masterworks, Story&Drama offers you to behead together the mysteries of the world of the 7 Crowns.

As meticulous archeologists who would have found an incredible mummia, dissect with us the sacred body of the genius series‘ two first seasons.

Analysis of the story of Game Of Thrones

Our analysis consists of:

  • A detailed and commented scene by scene summary of seasons 1 et 2, listing all its remarkable narrative and dramatic effects
  • A detailed commentary about the dozens of plots and a world by world  reconstruction of the main plots of Westeros, King’s Landing, Winterfell, the Wall and Pentos
  • A detailed commentary about the characters, their 174 actantial roles and their multiple thematic roles
  • A study of the medias and genres involved in the series (television, literature, epics, fantastic, gothic novel…)
  • A study of the registers and tones (eroticism, humor, tragedy, politics, military history…)

Learn to write a series from the best TV scriptwriters.

Game of Thrones analysis

1. Introduction

2. Episode by episode and scene by scene commented summary

– Game of Thrones – Season 1

– Game of Thrones – Season 2

3. Synthesis

– The plots

  • Plots and scenes
  • Structures / architectures
    • King’s Landing and the Lannisters
    • The Stark family
    • The Baratheon pretenders
    • The North, the Wall and the Night’s Watch
    • Daenerys in Pentos
  • A multi-level architecture
    • Types of plots structures
    • Frequent scenes in double-action

– The characters

  • The actantial roles of the characters
  • Thematic roles
    • The families
    • The relationships of power

– The story settings and dramatic effects

  • Time
  • Spaces
  • Media and genres
  • Registers and tones

General conclusion

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