How the prologue of “A Game of Thrones” hooks readers: Instant gratification and themes in action

How the prologue of A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin breaks from the Tolkien model of starting with heavy exposition and world-building, and instead delivers a simple action scene with sympathetic characters—a scene that foreshadows the great conflicts of the novel and series. Watch the video above and read the transcript on Medium.