Review: 'Game of Thrones' Live Concert Experience = Everything

Game of Thrones Sean Bean Eddard Ned Stark Sean Bean HBO
The “Game of Thrones” Concert is, as its title suggests, an experience, and an absolute must-see for “Game of Thrones” fans. For over two hours, fans are swept away to the Seven Kingdoms, enjoying a jaunt to The Wall, King’s Landing, Westeros, Essos, and Winterfell, all without leaving their seats.

While many have been doing that in their living rooms for six years, there is something different about being in a coliseum full of fellow fans, as a live orchestra plays to scenes of “Game of Thrones,”’ most epic moments.

The “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience opens with the series’ seminal theme song, as it welcomes fans to take a walk down memory lane. Not just any lane, a boulevard of beloved characters’ rise, and falls, deaths, and triumphs. With a show like “Game of Thrones,” there are no dull moments, and the concert delivers on the series’ dramatic flair and sweeping visual quality.

One of the major takeaways is how many huge moments the series has given viewers over a little more than half a decade. Seeing them run consecutively, serves as a gripping reminder of “Game of Thrones”’ absolute devotion to its shock and awe, persona.

Even with some substantial distance between the show’s most infamous moments, they still pull at the heartstrings with the same ferocity, all these years later. Ned Stark’s demise and the brutal Red Wedding are at the heart of its grimmest plot turns, and the concert allows you to relive them, in all of their searing power. Thankfully, the violence has been pared down, as to avoid a further deepening of the wounds.

While there the major woes are highlighted, “Game of Thrones” Live also reminds concert goers of the “wows.” Jon Snow’s multiple “David and Goliath" fight sequences, including Season 6’s adrenaline-inducing “Battle of the Bastards,” and Daenerys Targaryen’s many triumphs are given singular shout outs.

It is also amazing to realize how many more moments were left out (Jon Snow’s in particular), and how many characters could have also been singled out. A sign of how integral each, and every one of them, has been to telling “Game of Thrones," through the years.

Another takeaway provided by the concert is further confirmation that “Game of Thrones” is so much more than its reputation for "hyper-violence" and "shocking sensuality." If you take all of that away, as the concert did, you still have the true core of what has made “Game of Thrones,” the pop culture behemoth that it is.

“Thrones” is an epic that centers upon lovable characters, trying their best to navigate a brutal world, without losing their moral center in the process. That nobility is what has driven countless fans to hope they succeed, and as the concert reminds us, survive.

What makes the “Game of Thrones” concert even more rewarding is the newfound appreciation it personally provided for the talented cast that has helped tell this adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s dazzling epic.

It is what an actor can say without speaking, which speaks the loudest to their talent, and there is not a single actor in “Game of Thrones”’ large cast that does not manage to rise to the occasion, as wordless montages of their performances are accompanied by Ramin Djawadi’s pulsating score.

The concert provides another riveting reminder of how significant Djawadi's score has been to the series. Without the outstanding contribution of his musical brilliance, “Game of Thrones” would lack the sonic luxury, wrenching emotion, and grand scale, which has made it a giant among its peers.

To behold the “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience is to experience a primer that will leave fans even more pumped for Season 7, than they probably ever thought possible. For more on the “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience check out this list of the Top 5 Things You Need to Know about it in this feature for the Inquisitr, here.

"Game of Thrones" Season 7 premieres, July 16.

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