There are a lot of things to appreciate about the series premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Among them is the excellent opening credits sequence. It's a great way to kick off every episode, spanning as the show does, massive locations separated by thousands of miles. The credits are HBO's rather innovative way of making sure that no matter how complicated their adaptation of George R. R. Martin's books gets, you always know where you are.

It doesn't hurt that it's flat out beautiful too. If you saw the opening when the show premiered this Sunday, watch it again embedded below and see if you can spot the different settings for each part of the story. If you missed it, here's your chance to rectify that. Watch the Game of Thrones opening credits embedded below:



As the show progresses, eventually the story will branch out into other regions not covered by the map. I wonder if that means the credits sequence will change, depending on the story?

For me what really makes me fall in love with what they're doing here is the music. I'm in love with it. It makes me want to dress in heavy clothing and eat meat with my hands. Between the excellent Game of Thrones theme music and the map brought to life with mechanical looking wheels and gears meant to represent the different places in the story, this is one of the rare TV credits sequences that's actually worth sitting through every time, rather than fast-forwarding.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO.
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