As much as I adore HBO's original programming, I have to admit I've periodically considered canceling my subscription of late. Shows like Treme and Boardwalk Empire and In Treatment are certainly great, but they haven't given me that feeling of "must watch" that networks like FX and AMC have managed with some of their recent series.
HBO's upcoming adaptation of Game of Thrones might finally get me back in the swing of things. This new preview video gives you a pretty good look at the visual translation of George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series--not to mention George R. R. Martin's current occupation as boat captain of the S. S. Nerdlinger. Seriously, that dude is a corn cob pipe away from a profession as Maine's foremost rocking chair enthusiast and dispenser of travel directions that entirely consist of, "Sorry, cahn't get there from heaaahhh."
Martin's sea faring-ness aside, the video is excellent, and contains some good-looking action. It does make me wonder if we'll ever see Sean Bean in a movie in which he is allowed to carry a gun and wear jeans again, but hey, the guy has found his niche. No sense in abandoning it.
And if this video just makes you sad that Martin seems resolute to never, ever finish his book series, let this be a lesson to you: Never start reading any book franchise by a living author. If you know they're dead, and you know they can't write any more entries in the series, then you'll never be disappointed.