Think LOTR crossed with The OC, and you've got this.
The first few episodes start off really cliche but are still entertaining, but it takes some turns and goes pretty hardcore at times.
The storyline is full of big plays, power struggles, characters dying, though some cliches still persist.
There's a hell of a lot of eye candy too, which makes it all go down a bit easier. Also, it has Crixus in it.