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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

'Games of Thrones' is bloody good

"Game of Thrones" should have a substantial ready-made audience, a cult of fans of George R.R. Martin's source work, "A Song of Fire and Ice."

This could prove an essential asset. Without familiarity with the characters, circumstances and setting, the HBO series could prove a challenge to get into and stay with.

The sword-and-sandals saga, set in a troubled fantasy kingdom, is densely populated with difficult to distinguish characters with names like Daenerys, Tyrion, Jorah, Cersei and Viserys. The cast was drawn internationally, so not many of the leading players will be recognized by an American audience. None jump off the screen. Many of the...

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