I’ve become a Game-of-Thrones-a-holic

I don’t know what to blame it on, this new obsession of mine. I can’t blame it on being bored. I have a lot to do at work and I have a lot to do with my own writing. That hasn’t stopped me from falling for the hype. It wasn’t supposed to happen. Really, it wasn’t. But I couldn’t help myself. I watched the trailer and I fell hard. Damn it… now I am hooked.



I blame it all on Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Yes, I have become a Game of Thrones junkie. I started watching the TV series, then decided I should read the series of books it’s based on. Just finished reading the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (that being A Game of Thrones) by George R.R. Martin and loved the huge cast of characters, the intense history of the Seven Kingdoms and how they came to be, loved the frigid isolation of the Wall and the Others and the Night Watch. The Starks of the North and the ambitious and conniving Lannisters of the West… oh the fantastic tensions, plots and conspiracies. It’s just what I was looking for this summer. And now I am so hooked, I have ordered all the other books in the series so this will be a nice distraction that should last quite a while.

So why do I blame Nikolaj Coster-Waldau? Well, it started when I saw the Danish thriller Nattevagten (Nightwatch, which was remade with Ewan McGregor–another favorite–playing Coster-Waldau’s role) back in 1995 when I first moved to Sweden. I thought he was a good actor and easy on the eyes. And then a few years ago he was in New Amsterdam, a series I loved but that Fox saw fit to cancel, in which he played a New York City cop who just happened to be immortal. And now Coster-Waldau is playing the deliciously evil Jaime Lannister and he’s just so…bad…so cunning… well, he’s the villain you love to hate and who happens to be very sexy. Awful, I know, but it’s what happens.

So now I am hooked–and I blame it on the Dane, but in a good way. My only complaint about the show? I don’t think Emilia Clarke (“Daenerys Targaryen” in Game of Thrones) is a very good actress but maybe she will grow on me. Otherwise, I am happy and it’s awesome to see Lena Headey (whom I loved in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Broken and 300) playing the bitchier than Lady Macbeth, Cersei Lannister.

So if you’re looking for me on a Wednesday night this summer and you can’t find me, it’s because I’m watching Game of Thrones…or reading Book 2–A Clash of Kings.

6 thoughts on “I’ve become a Game-of-Thrones-a-holic

    • I was so annoyed when Fox cancelled New Amsterdam. I stumbled upon it when they aired it on Swedish TV a few summers ago. Loved it. Watched every episode. I wish they would release the episodes on DVD.

  1. A lot of good shows disappeared because of the writer’s strike. It’s just too bad that they couldn’t revive New Amsterdam. It had a great storyline. I ordered the second book two weeks ago and it arrived last night! 😀 Going to start reading it today. I was reading “Fly Away Home” by Jennifer Weiner–but now I have to get lost in “A Clash Of Kings”. 🙂

  2. hi, just stumbled on your blog from a google search. i’m a huge song of ice and fire fan, ever since i read the books ssix years ago. had never heard of nikolaj before the series, which he’s very good in.

    i just found new amsterdam on hulu and think it’s very unfortunate there aren’t more episodes–it has a great premise and nikolaj is great in it as well.

    i also can’t help but notice similarities in the opening sequences for both shows, from the style of music to the way names and places are introduced.

    do you know if any of the other actors on AGOT, besides sean bean, have been in anything good as well? was a nice surprise finding jaime lannister on new amsterdsm.

    • Hi Chris! Lena Headey (“Cersei Lannister”) was in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which I really liked. She’s also been in a number of films: Remains of the Day, Possession, Ripley’s Game and The Broken just to name a few.

      James Cosmo (“Jeor Mormont”) has been in quite a lot of films and TV series: Sons of Anarchy, Braveheart, The Chronicles of Narnia and Trainspotting are a few of them.

      Check out IMDB’s page for GoT and you can find the entire cast list. 🙂

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