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Since: 28.2.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.16
I bought A Song of Ice and Fire last week but I haven't started reading it. Normally, fantasy isn't my thing. But the hype is overwhelming. And I thought episode one lived up to it.

Learning all the names of all the characters is challenging but the main players and their motivations were clear. Easy to relate to Sean Bean torn between not wanting to leave his family at the behest of his friend, the King, who needs him to protect him as his Right Hand against the schemers plotting against him. Easy to sympathize with the gorgeous girl offered to the barbarian so the barbarian army can help her brother seize the crown. The ending genuinely shocked me.

The cast and acting are terrific, the show looks terrific, and it's well-written and directed.

What else can I say about it? I offer my "live Tweeting" of Game of Thrones:

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"@hansen9j I really want a dire wolf puppy. #gameofthrones" Me too. Clever how they used the growth of the wolves to mark time passing.

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"I would let his whole tribe fuck you. All 40,000 men and their horses too, if that's what it took." @GameofThrones #brotherlylove

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Heh. Fred Flintstone (Mark Addy) is the king of @GameofThrones. #yabbadabba #vivarockvegas And his queen is Sarah Connor (Lena Headey).

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"I don't fight in tournaments because when I fight a man for real, I don't want him to know what I can do." @GameofThrones is well-written.

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I gotta hand it to @GameofThrones: That was more incest in one hour than the entire series (of implied jokes) of Arrested Development.

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.05
As someone who has read all four books and hopefully the fifth one this summer if it isn't another cocktease by Martin, I thought it was pretty damn good. I am advising people to wait on reading the books, because if you are shocked by "The things I do for love" scene, you are going to shit your pants for the Red Wedding. At this point, watch the show then go back and read the books, you will have a better viewing experience. I am glad they got a lot of the important interactions namely Tyrion and Snow scene in there since I have a feeling that interplay will be huge in the final book. It also sets up that both of them are outsiders in a world where you have to be an insider to be anything.

My wife watched some of it with me, but when incest started happening, she had enough, she did love the puppies though. I do think the incest and the child abuse is going to turn people off to the show. Even though that is what really happened during the middle ages. They skipped over a lot of the family dynamics especially in regards to the wolves. Yet, I am hoping the second episode will focus more on that. My great fear is book one is not going to be able to go the full 13 episodes. There is a lot of plot left to go, but not a lot of action. If any of the books were a bit thin, its this one which is probably why its the best one. Worse case scenario they dip into book two which is huge, but I have a feeling I know where they are going to end the season and all I will say it has something to do with a wedding present.





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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.16
But this isn't the middle ages, this is a fantasy world. This isn't 'history' any more than Lord of the Rings was 'history'. Incest doesn't bother me any more than it did on Arrested Development. Arrested played incest jokes between the Bluths for laughs. Game of Thrones, it's a fantasy world, that's how these people are in this world. That's fine. No issues. I liked the show a lot. And I think I will wait until season one is over at least to read A Song of Ice and Fire. I actually don't want to know what happens next. I'd rather discover it as I watch the series now.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.97
Are you suggesting that incest didn't happen during the Middle Ages? The point may be valid...it may turn away viewers who did not expect to see something that explicit.

Next episode, they need to have the two guys from Boardwalk Empire re-create the scene where they're talking on the phone trying to get all of the players' names straight. Maybe they can use raven messengers.

Will they continue to call this show "Game of Thrones" after this season, or will they change it to match the book titles? Will next season be called "Clash of Kings"?

What a gorgeous show.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.75
All this talk about the icky incest? I take it none of you are watching/gonna be watching Showtimes excellent THE BORGIAS then. The Borgias is (mostly) factual and the incest DID happen in real life.



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Since: 28.2.02
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.16
I believe the TV series will always be titled Game of Thrones and the seasons will be based on each book but will merely be referred to as "season one", "season two", etc. for the purposes of television.

And no shit incest exists in real life. Not just in the past, incest happens today. Lena Headey getting it on with her twin brother adds an extra later of yecch. Not just siblings, but TWINS! I mean, what if the Bella Twins... Hmm...



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.05
The world Martin sets up is a more realistic version of the middle ages then Lord of the Rings where royals married and screwed family members as if it was second nature. There are fantasy elements like LOTR, I just can't tell you about them. Yet, his world is a much more dark, grittier and sexual one than Rings. Part of that is the fact he set-up as a story that could be set in the middle ages. Incest is frowned upon in Martin's world since it would destroy all involved if it was ever found. I have no problems with since it is going by the book, but I doubt my wife was the only one who thought it was too much and left the room. Prior to that she seemed to be enjoying it and even commented this show doesn't seem to fuck around.





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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
Knew nothing about this show until about an hour before it started. Seems like they are going for a more realistic LOTR with more sophisticated politics and adult themes. Kind of a level closer to reality than LOTR.

The most difficult thing is keeping everyone straight. I didn't even realize the two schtuping at the end were twins. But that happened all the time in the Middle Ages, especially in royal circles.

The Imp is my favorite character so far. The boy knows how to party.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.00
I watched it with a roomful of "book fans". To them, it's already "AGOT" and they got a little jizzy when certain characters appeared on the screen. Aside from my apathy over those character appearances, I want to stick around for a few more episodes at least. There seems to be a lot of political intrigue and scheming, which I assume is building to some Big Ass Battle(s).

One question I have from the opening scene (and something that distracted me the rest of the hour): the little deserter guy apparently headed south after the "White Walkers" incident. But I got the sense that they exited and ran into the White Walkers on the NORTH side of the wall and that the city of Winterfell was well SOUTH of the wall. So how did the little guy run through the wall and all the way south of it?



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.59
    Originally posted by dWs
    One question I have from the opening scene (and something that distracted me the rest of the hour): the little deserter guy apparently headed south after the "White Walkers" incident. But I got the sense that they exited and ran into the White Walkers on the NORTH side of the wall and that the city of Winterfell was well SOUTH of the wall. So how did the little guy run through the wall and all the way south of it?
I think the physical Wall is the southern border of the land "The Wall", and they went exploring south of their lands outside of their safe haven. (The first shot of the show seemed to be people leaving the Wall.)

I liked more of the show than just the dire wolf puppies (OMGSOCUTE). I don't know peoples names, but I know their motivations, and I'm in for the rest of the show.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
Kinda bummed they offed Bram (apparently). He was one of the better kid characters.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.71
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    And no shit incest exists in real life. Not just in the past, incest happens today. Lena Headey getting it on with her twin brother adds an extra later of yecch. Not just siblings, but TWINS!


If it can happen on L&O:SVU, it can happen on HBO.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
I liked it a lot. Like Lotjx I've read the books and so I was looking for certain things. The vibe is well done.

Episode 1 is just a quick introduction to the world really.
Yet so much happened already.
If there's "not much to tell" in book 1, they can use that time to explain the intrigue a bit more and I expect that they will.
I don't quite remember where each book ends and starts anymore, but trust me. This will NOT be your average tv show. SHIT will happen. The books are full of twists.

I got the idea they raised the ages of some of the children and a quick check on Wiki shows that they did.
Sansa and Bran are 2-3 years older, same for Arya and the youngest kid who wasn't even mentioned yet but just shown was older than the 3 he is in the book.
It all makes sense as it's probably easier for casting and telling the story.

They definitely raised Daenerys' age some. She's 13 at the start of the story. I figured this would happen since the weddingnight scene is pretty rough. Can't do that with a 13 y.o.

Oh, as for the incest. I dunno if it will ever be mentioned, or if it could be considered a spoiler.

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But the old kings (Targayen's line) were prone to marry sisters and such.








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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
    Originally posted by dWs
    I watched it with a roomful of "book fans". To them, it's already "AGOT" and they got a little jizzy when certain characters appeared on the screen. Aside from my apathy over those character appearances, I want to stick around for a few more episodes at least. There seems to be a lot of political intrigue and scheming, which I assume is building to some Big Ass Battle(s).

    One question I have from the opening scene (and something that distracted me the rest of the hour): the little deserter guy apparently headed south after the "White Walkers" incident. But I got the sense that they exited and ran into the White Walkers on the NORTH side of the wall and that the city of Winterfell was well SOUTH of the wall. So how did the little guy run through the wall and all the way south of it?


You have the geography correct. They went north of the wall to the wild lands. I don't think it's a spoiler to say the wall is huge and long and not every section is guarded. Not a big deal for him to know a way through the wall.

I thought they did a great job cramming so much into the first episode. Very pleased so far.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.15
Ratings are in and we're getting our Clash of Kings (also to be known as season two). Game of Thrones is officially renewed by HBO:

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/04/19/game-of-thrones-renewed/

The premiere drew 2.2 million in its first hour, less than half of Boardwalk Empire's 4.8 million premiere, but the extra airings boosted viewership to 4.2 million. Game of Thrones is also a harder sell as a fantasy series lacking what Boardwalk Empire had: the name MARTIN SCORSESE attached to it. Game of Thrones did outdraw True Blood from its premiere by about a million viewers.

Good. Good good good. By season two, I should know every character's names.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Ratings are in and we're getting our Clash of Kings (also to be known as season two). Game of Thrones is officially renewed by HBO:

    http://insidetv.ew.com/​2011/​04/​19/​game-​of-​thrones-​renewed/​

    The premiere drew 2.2 million in its first hour, less than half of Boardwalk Empire's 4.8 million premiere, but the extra airings boosted viewership to 4.2 million. Game of Thrones is also a harder sell as a fantasy series lacking what Boardwalk Empire had: the name MARTIN SCORSESE attached to it. Game of Thrones did outdraw True Blood from its premiere by about a million viewers.

    Good. Good good good. By season two, I should know every character's names.


Well hopefully it won't be as long between seasons as it is between books, because I'd always forget half the characters and plotlines in between them.

I might have to break down and get HBO to see this.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.70

since there's a season 2, you could also just wait for the DVD or it to be in itunes.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.50
    Originally posted by lotjx
    As someone who has read all four books and hopefully the fifth one this summer if it isn't another cocktease by Martin


This right here resulted in me stopping midway through a Feast for Crows. I, like everybody else, waited and waited for this book. I soon realized that I would probably have to wait and wait for the next book. I made the choice to stop reading the series until Martin reaches completion. I just can't stand the waiting and empty promises from Martin.

Part of me also fears that because of the way Martin procrastinates with his deadlines (despite what he writes in his blog), he will be a goner before he completes the series. If the next book really comes out this summer it would appear that he is really committing to working on closing the story out. If that's the case, I'll restart Feast and move on to the others.

What is the expected book count to finalize the series now? 6? 7?

On the topic of the series! I am sooo very excited that I just ordered HBO last week. There are a lot of characters to get to know if you aren't familiar with the books. However, each and everyone is so very interesting. I really hope that the character development in the show matches that of the books.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.05
Officially, it is supposed to be a seven book series, but depending on you feel about Feast, it could have been just six. I think with HBO there with bags of money at the very least Martin will at least have a Robert Jordan style outline if he dies before completion. To me, the ending is fairly clear by the end of book one on what the final battle will contain. Yet, by book 3 I have no idea who will be left to fight that battle.

I will wait til they come out on DVD or find other ways to watch the show now that my HBO free pass will be over next Friday. I can't justify $17 a month for a show when I can get the whole thin on DVD for probably $25 if not less.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.98

    geography

Here's (viewers-guide.hbo.com) a handy map of Westeros for us rookies. Huge.



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