Lest you doubt the complete artistic and commercial success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which has a real case for being the best translation from SF/F book to film yet performed, this clip of an utterly devastated fan of Lord Eddard Stark, albeit one who clearly never read the books, should serve as compelling evidence to the contrary. Every author and filmmaker should be amazed by the accomplishment of George R.R. Martin, the HBO producers, and Sean Bean in generating such strong feelings about the fate of a fictional character. It also demonstrates that the fantasy genre, when done right, has the potential to go well beyond its expected markets. Warning: extremely strong language.
A more appreciative, if equally shocked response, can be found at Grantland, as Andy Greenwald explains how Game of Thrones has gone where no television series has dared to go before.