Game of Thrones.
I. Freaking. Love. This. Show. The Hubby, too, which makes me so proud, because now he's started listening to the stories on audiobook. Still can't get him to actually read, but hey! It's progress!
Anyway. What's not to love? Adapted from genius author George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, Game of Thrones features brilliant costumes, valiant swordplay, incredible world building (really, these fantasy authors blow me away), and a marvelously talented cast, some of whom are brand new to the acting world.
What stands out the most to me? Besides the way awesome opening credits (you'll watch them every time, even if you've dvr'd it and, therefore, don't have to; you'll see), I love that every single character has an agenda. Each and every major person--and some not so major--has Goal, Motivation, Conflict. Seriously, Mr. Martin is fantastic at threading together story lines and character arcs. In short, he makes me want to write, and write well.
My favorite characters? Daenerys Targaryen (the dragon chick), Khal Drogo, Jon Snow, and Tyrion Lannister. The latter keeps an ongoing balance of chuckle-worth humor throughout the course of each episode. Exceptional writing, folks.
Do you watch GoT? And if not, what's one of your favorite television shows?