With so much good stuff on TV right now, it’s easy to forget that there are also a handful of new shows starting in early 2011. Among them is HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, beginning with the first book Game of Thrones. This week they have finally released a full trailer for the first season and it looks pretty solid, although I have to wonder whether or not it will appeal to anyone outside of the more dedicated fantasy fans.
On the one hand, Sean Bean’s presence in the lead role of Ned Stark should immediately associate it with The Lord of the Rings in people’s minds, which is probably a good thing. On the other hand, people who aren’t already familiar with the books might just think it’s a Tolkien knockoff (which, let’s face it, most other fantasy novels are). They also seem to be playing up the sex and the violence, perhaps in an attempt to capitalize on the surprise popularity of Showtime’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand series. Either way, the show’s biggest selling point will probably be the production quality and massive budget, but ultimately that could also threaten the longevity of the series. Game of Thrones is expected to premiere next March; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.