There's absolutely nothing second rate about Game of Thrones. It is not a 'if we do this all will be right in the world' type fairy tale. It's much more political in nature with people vying, jockeying, and scheming for position, and power. It's extremely well written, and well produced. IMO it's the best show made for TV ever, and if that's not enough to sway you to watch, there's hot women galore.