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the goat
03-02-2010, 03:15 PM
Winter is Coming, bitches!

Prepare yourself for the best television show in the history of television shows.

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2010/03/game-of-thrones-hbo-george-rr-martin-.html#more

PotVsKtl
03-02-2010, 03:50 PM
Too bad the story is never going to be finished.

wmgaretjax
03-02-2010, 03:59 PM
it's gonna be a long year+ for you.

the goat
03-02-2010, 04:34 PM
it's gonna be a long year+ for you.

Dance with Dragons will be out before the series premieres.

Monklish
03-02-2010, 04:39 PM
What is this piece of shit?

PotVsKtl
03-02-2010, 04:47 PM
A fantasy series which is occassionally decently written and plotted.

Monklish
03-02-2010, 04:48 PM
What was it originally, books? Comics? What?

PotVsKtl
03-02-2010, 04:50 PM
My limit of helpful comments has been reached for the day.

Monklish
03-02-2010, 04:51 PM
All you can gobble.

the goat
03-02-2010, 10:19 PM
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/9113/gotcover.jpg (http://img9.imageshack.us/i/gotcover.jpg/)

Pot's just bitter that he didn't get to audition for Tyrion.

sbessiso
03-02-2010, 10:58 PM
canceled

the goat
03-02-2010, 11:02 PM
This
http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/7636/tncastleblackandthewall.jpg (http://img203.imageshack.us/i/tncastleblackandthewall.jpg/)

gmoneyak
03-02-2010, 11:08 PM
I noticed this guy was on the cast list already.

http://thefaust.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/sean-bean.jpg

..as well as The Station Agent as the token dwarf.

the goat
03-02-2010, 11:24 PM
...and this
http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/8315/lenao.jpg (http://img708.imageshack.us/i/lenao.jpg/)

Token dwarf = best character in the series. Tom McCarthy, writer and director of The Station Agent, also directed the pilot, so I imagine he got a great performance out of Dinklage.

the goat
03-03-2010, 12:47 AM
...and this. Skycells FTW. Ahem,

"The Arryns kept the only dungeon in the realm where the prisoners were free to escape at will."

Yeah, the floor slopes.
http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/2104/skycell.jpg (http://img192.imageshack.us/i/skycell.jpg/)

the goat
03-03-2010, 04:36 AM
Afterward Rattleshirt claimed some charred bones, while others threw dice for the ranger's gear. Ygritee won his cloak.

"Will we return by the Skirling Pass?" Jon asked her. He did not know if he could face those heights again, or if his garron could survive a second crossing.

"No," she said. "There's nothing behind us." The look she gave him was sad. "By now Mance is well down the Milkwater, marching on your Wall."

the goat
03-03-2010, 11:34 PM
"True knights would never harm women and children." The words rang hollow in her ears even as she said them.

"True knights." The queen seemed to find that wonderfully amusing. "No doubt you're right. "So why don't you just eat your broth like a good girl and wait for Symeon Star-Eyes and Prince Aemon the Dragonknight to come rescue you, sweetling. I'm sure it won't be very long now."

PotVsKtl
03-03-2010, 11:54 PM
It's time for this charade to come to a shuddering close.

StubbADubb
03-04-2010, 12:33 AM
Finally!! Though I'd rather hear more about progress on The Dark Tower Series - fucking can't wait to see Roland on the big/small screen.

bmack86
03-04-2010, 11:22 PM
No David Simon=Not the best show that HBO has done, let alone best show ever.

bballarl
03-04-2010, 11:41 PM
Finally!! Though I'd rather hear more about progress on The Dark Tower Series - fucking can't wait to see Roland on the big/small screen.

True that.

the goat
03-06-2010, 05:55 AM
No David Simon=Not the best show that HBO has done, let alone best show ever.

The Wire is the best television show ever. So far.

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vs.

He moved swiftly, light on his feet, never taking his eyes off Sandor Clegane. It was the easiest thing in the world for Arya to step up behind him and stab him.
"Is there gold hidden in the village?" she shouted as she drove the blade up through his back. "Is there silver? Gems?" She stabbed twice more. "Is there food? Where is Lord Beric?" She was on top of him by then, still stabbing. "Where did he go? How many men were with him? How many knights? How many bowmen? How many, how many, how many, how many, how many, how many? Is there gold in the village?"

Arya wins, but its close.

http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/6112/maisiewilliams.jpg

the goat
03-16-2010, 11:51 PM
Lommy and Hot Pie almost shit themselves when she stepped out of the trees behind them. "Quiet," she told them, putting an arm around Weasel when the little girl came running up.

Hot Pie stared at her with big eyes. "We thought you left us." He had his shortsword in his hand, the one Yoren had taken from the gold cloak. "I thought you was a wolf."

"Where's the Bull?" asked Lommy.

"They caught him," Arya whispered. "We have to get him out. Hot Pie, you got to help. We'll sneak up and kill the guards, and then I'll open the door."

Hot Pie and Lommy exchanged a look. "How many?"

"I couldn't count," Arya admitted. "Twenty, at least, but only two on the door."

Hot Pie looked as if he was going to cry. "We can't fight twenty."

"You only need to fight one. I'll do the other and we'll get Gendry out and run."

"We should yield," Lommy said. "Just go in and yield."

Arya shook her head stubbornly.

"Then just leave him, Arry," Lommy pleaded. "They don't know about the rest of us. If we hide, they'll go away, you know they will. It's not our fault Gendry's captured."

"You're stupid Lommy," Arya said angrily. "You'll die if we don't get Gendry out. Who's going to carry you?"

"You and Hot Pie."

"All the time, with no else to help? We'll never do it. Gendry was the strong one. Anyhow, I don't care what you say, I'm going back for him." She looked at Hot Pie. "Are you coming?"

Hot Pie glance at Lommy, at Arya, at Lommy again. "I'll come," he said reluctantly.

"Lommy, you keep Weasel here."

He grabbed the little girl by the hand and pulled her close. "What if the wolves come?"

"Yield," Arya suggested.

wmgaretjax
03-06-2011, 10:06 AM
Too bad the story is never going to be finished.

somehow i missed that the new book was announced for July. cool. was not expecting that.

Alchemy
03-06-2011, 10:28 AM
I just recently bought the first book. It could be a long while before I dive into it though.

guedita
05-01-2011, 07:56 AM
I haven't read the books at all but I watched the first episode last night. It's really well done. Anyone else?

citizenerased
05-01-2011, 10:03 AM
Yep, and the 2nd episode is even better. I read the book like 5 years ago, this is gonna be a great series.

suprefan
05-01-2011, 01:17 PM
Liking it a lot so far. This can hold me over til True Blood and Boardwalk Empire come back.

GoodGirlGalaxy
05-01-2011, 01:21 PM
Those dire wolves are so adorable. But maybe not as adorable as this:

http://i.imgur.com/R57KK.gif

chiapet
05-01-2011, 02:54 PM
I only Tivo'ed it because my nerdy sci-fi/fantasy loving friends kept talking about it. First episode was OK, 2nd episode has me hooked.

citizenerased
05-01-2011, 05:50 PM
Wishing I had HBO right about now. Oh well, it should be up online sometime tonight.

Mr. Porter
05-01-2011, 06:10 PM
this show is kinda lackluster but its funny that mayor carcetti is n it

guedita
05-01-2011, 06:56 PM
Wait, who does Mayor Carcetti play? I didn't recognize him...

bballarl
05-01-2011, 07:42 PM
He plays Littlefinger or whatever. Petyr Baelish.

amyzzz
05-04-2011, 04:50 PM
Yay I found the Games of Thrones thread! I really like all the strong female characters in this. And the little guy! Are the books worth reading?

citizenerased
05-04-2011, 04:58 PM
I never read books, probably have finished less than 10 that weren't required for school. But yeah I read this and loved it, so that says something haha.

obzen
05-04-2011, 05:02 PM
One evening after Inside The NBA I randomly flipped to this - lo and behold this small blonde broad is getting piped from behind by some swinging dick, I thought I was watching nord porn...and no, I did not 'randomly fap'...


































you pervs.

amyzzz
05-04-2011, 05:04 PM
The first couple episodes were bit a heavy on the bawdy sex acts. It is HBO after all.

chairmenmeow47
05-04-2011, 05:04 PM
so is this good? i watched the first episode which felt like soft-core porn. i was super sick and out of it when i watched though so i really should re-watch and give it another chance.

amyzzz
05-04-2011, 05:15 PM
YES it's good.

OutOfmYminD
05-04-2011, 05:21 PM
So, for people who have read the books and are watching the series. Which format do you like better?

citizenerased
05-04-2011, 05:35 PM
Eh, hard to say after 3 episodes. As of now I'd say the books. But they're doing a good job, my main complaint is getting bored with some of these dialogue scenes with uninteresting characters. So far Tyrion and Arya have kicked ass in every scene. The Jon Snow and Dany storylines are finally starting to kick in so we'll see.

And watching this in HD is awesome, such cool scenery.

sames44
05-04-2011, 05:48 PM
Eh, hard to say after 3 episodes. As of now I'd say the books...
And watching this in HD is awesome, such cool scenery.

completely agree. I'm sure I have unrealistic expectations for the show, they have to condense quite a bit to fit into 10 episodes for the 1st season.

HBO is re-running the 1st 3 episodes back to back tonight if anyone is interested.

PotVsKtl
05-05-2011, 07:51 PM
It's improved every episode and there's so much crazy spectacle to be had, I'm optimistic. I imagine it needs an audience fairly quickly though.

guedita
05-05-2011, 08:34 PM
HBO already greenlighted season 2, if they don't have an audience by the end of this season I will be shocked.

wmgaretjax
05-05-2011, 08:39 PM
It's improved every episode and there's so much crazy spectacle to be had, I'm optimistic. I imagine it needs an audience fairly quickly though.

I agree. I was a little apprehensive at the outset, but it has been improving substantially each episode.

Apparently the ratings have been improving each week as well... I'm just worried that between this and Boardwalk Empire they are going to have to cancel one... two really expensive shows has never turned out well for HBO (that's why Deadwood was cancelled).

OutOfmYminD
05-05-2011, 09:03 PM
I'll have to watch it myself, but I imagine whatever viewers it has managed to gain are going to be clamoring for another season after the last episode.

PotVsKtl
05-10-2011, 11:39 AM
I'm just going to keep posting that the latest episode was superior to the previous one until people start watching this.

amyzzz
05-10-2011, 11:44 AM
I admit I couldn't get into the last episode, but I was really tired and kept drifting off. I'll re-watch! All I can remember that seems important is the King's Hand found the king's bastard.

wmgaretjax
05-10-2011, 01:07 PM
I'm just going to keep posting that the latest episode was superior to the previous one until people start watching this.

^^^

Newro7ic
05-10-2011, 01:20 PM
Every episode has been better than the previous, and it has already been picked up for a second season.

GoodGirlGalaxy
05-10-2011, 01:23 PM
Yay! More things we didn't know already!

thestripe
05-16-2011, 09:15 AM
I watched the first two episodes last night. I really enjoyed the second episode. I'll probably watch the other three by the end of the week.

bmack86
05-16-2011, 09:16 AM
I just finished the second book and now am anticipating the rest of this season even more.

downingthief
05-16-2011, 11:09 AM
Yet another spot on show from HBO. To echo what everyone has been saying...yes, each episode gets better and better. The casting is flawless, and the sets/scenery are fantastic. On par with a theatrical release.

citizenerased
05-16-2011, 04:30 PM
Just watched last nights episode, best one yet! And without any Jon/Dany too.

Those 3 fight scenes were all so good

knytt
05-16-2011, 08:55 PM
Fucking hell Lady Stark's sister breast feeding was disturbing.

wmgaretjax
05-16-2011, 09:11 PM
I was wondering whether or not they would show the breastfeeding...

I was also surprised they showed Loras and Renly outright... that was only hinted at in the books.

There were a bunch of new scenes that weren't in the books in that episode that were spectacular. Robert and Cersei's scene in particular was fantastic.

citizenerased
05-16-2011, 09:13 PM
At least it was a prosthetic boob haha

and then the gay fellatio slurping noises...

knytt
05-16-2011, 10:02 PM
The writing for Cersei is spectacular, it's impossible not to hate her but yet it seems there's a very pitiable and human side to her character. Wonderful writing.

bballarl
05-16-2011, 10:11 PM
I was wondering whether or not they would show the breastfeeding...

I was also surprised they showed Loras and Renly outright... that was only hinted at in the books.

There were a bunch of new scenes that weren't in the books in that episode that were spectacular. Robert and Cersei's scene in particular was fantastic.

See, I never got the Renly/Loras vibe from the books. Maybe it was just because I was trying to process everything since it was my first time reading the series. I thought it was an interesting decision for the show though.

obzen
05-16-2011, 10:12 PM
NORD PORN!

amyzzz
05-17-2011, 09:27 AM
I feel like I need to read the books just to get all the names straight. I can't remember who's who. Lady Stark's sister is mad, right?

knytt
05-17-2011, 01:24 PM
http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/#!/guide/houses/

I found this to be a good guide to getting houses/names straight.
And yes, Lady Stark's sister is mad.

amyzzz
05-17-2011, 01:32 PM
Ok, that family tree diagram is awesome. Thank you!

chunk
05-18-2011, 12:05 AM
The "our marriage" scene in the last episode was just great. The queen (the one from the scene) is my favorite actress right now. She does this thing where she barely moves the corners of her eyes and mouth that gets me every time.

chunk
05-23-2011, 10:52 AM
fire cannot kill a dragon

amyzzz
05-23-2011, 10:57 AM
The gold scene. The gold scene.

Newro7ic
05-23-2011, 10:59 AM
fire cannot kill a dragon


The gold scene. The gold scene.

yup

Vasoline Groove
05-23-2011, 11:45 AM
The gold scene. The gold scene.

No kidding. I thought that guy was going to be an asshole all season.

And thanks for that link. It definitely helps out.

I was trying to figure out who the hell Theon Greyjoy was, but now it makes sense.

wmgaretjax
05-23-2011, 11:54 AM
not sure how many of you caught episode 7 as well... but shit is going down. gonna suck waiting 10 months for season 2.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-23-2011, 12:00 PM
i'm getting very anxious to see this show after reading so much positive stuff for it! Gonna wait for the dvds and take it all in at once.

sames44
05-23-2011, 12:15 PM
not sure how many of you caught episode 7 as well... but shit is going down. gonna suck waiting 10 months for season 2.

watching episode 7 tonight on hbogo - I decided I can't wait until Sunday.

where were the direwolves when Bran got attacked? otherwise, fantastic episode.

citizenerased
05-23-2011, 12:21 PM
It was episode 6 last night.

E: oh!

sames44
05-23-2011, 12:22 PM
yes, you can now watch ep 7 on HBOGo

chiapet
05-23-2011, 12:26 PM
HBOGO seems to be a no-go for me. (Thanks, Comcast!) and I can barely wait to see the next episode. I'm very intrigued by this dragon business. :)

wmgaretjax
05-23-2011, 12:31 PM
where were the direwolves when Bran got attacked? otherwise, fantastic episode.

in the books I think his wolf saves him... i think they changed it to make Greyjoy a bit more prominent. he's barely present in the first book, but a huge part of the second... and it's a bit jarring. looks like they are trying to make that transition easier in the show.

knytt
05-23-2011, 01:11 PM
Fuck Episode 7 was good.

bballarl
05-23-2011, 01:16 PM
Great episode last night. My friend and I were super excited when we found out this would be the episode where Viserys gets his crown. It didn't disappoint.

amyzzz
05-25-2011, 10:45 AM
My mind was blown by episode 7. Best episode yet, and the title of the series finally comes into play.

travelfan
05-25-2011, 01:54 PM
Love this fucking show. Though the best part has to be when Carcetti and chubby pedophile looking dude get into the verbal war about who has the best ears and knows the most gossip. Ridiculously over the top and epically hilarious.

Like the rest of you, I've watched every episode and have only picked up on half the names.

citizenerased
05-25-2011, 02:01 PM
Arya needs more screentime, she's the best character.

Dogvolta
05-25-2011, 02:07 PM
I read the first two books YEARS ago, and read them so fast that I hardly remember a thing. I only remember how amazing of an experience it was to read them.
So before I start watching the series, I decided to read through the books again. about 125 pages into the first book and it is *unbelievable* how amazing it all is, bringing back a lot of memories.
I am, however, faced with a dilemma. I want to finish the books before I hit the tv show, but my girlfriend is interested in watching it with me (there is no way she'd read this stuff).
I would like to watch it now only because then her and I can enjoy and discuss and geek out about it together...but I'm afraid reading/watching them together might spoil one or the other...
Suggestions?

citizenerased
05-25-2011, 02:10 PM
Well the TV series is only the first book, I'd recommend just reading it quick then watching with your girlfriend.

downingthief
05-25-2011, 02:14 PM
Great episode last night. My friend and I were super excited when we found out this would be the episode where Viserys gets his crown. It didn't disappoint.


That scene was fantastic. The look on his Sister's face was perfect.

Dogvolta
05-25-2011, 02:15 PM
Very true, I seem to have overlooked that season two is a VERY long ways away. Also, I have already read through the whole first book...
I'm probably just overthinking it. I am just really excited to be reading these books again, such a good time

sames44
05-25-2011, 02:44 PM
convince the gf to read the books with you, dogvolta - I've successfully coerced 4 people into reading them, nook/kindle and paper versions are bundled & on sale at amazon and barnes & noble. I can't wait for the next one to come out in July.

Dogvolta
05-25-2011, 02:56 PM
Convincing her to read these books would be like her trying to convince me to go out and buy every bachelor/bacheloret on dvd and watching them all back to back. twice.

That is why I am happy enough that she offered to watch the series with me :)

bmack86
05-25-2011, 06:06 PM
I'm so close to done with the third book now. I REALLY hope they continue with the show at least until that one. So many things I'd want to see on screen.

wmgaretjax
05-26-2011, 02:09 AM
the third book is monstrous... so many good scenes in it. apparently they are planning to split that one into two seasons, which seems like a really wise decision.

bballarl
05-26-2011, 11:42 AM
Yeah, book 3 was a behemoth. Book 4 was a slog though.

wmgaretjax
05-26-2011, 04:19 PM
i liked a bunch of the segments in book 4 a lot... but it definitely suffered by leaving us hanging on half the plot...

i wonder if the TV show will merge 4 and 5 into two seasons that don't completely sever the story lines... my gut says they will.

citizenerased
05-26-2011, 04:38 PM
How many people are worried George Martin will die before he finishes book 7? He's not in that great of condition and there's been a lot of time in between books...

bballarl
05-26-2011, 05:29 PM
i liked a bunch of the segments in book 4 a lot... but it definitely suffered by leaving us hanging on half the plot...

i wonder if the TV show will merge 4 and 5 into two seasons that don't completely sever the story lines... my gut says they will.

The issue for me with book 4 was that I didn't really give all that much of a shit about the characters they focused on. I'm more of a Jon/Tyrion/Arya kinda guy. I didn't mean for my comment to sound like I didn't enjoy the book, because I definitely did. It was just more of a challenge to get through than the previous books.

amyzzz
05-26-2011, 05:31 PM
Clearly I need to download these books onto my Kindle.

wmgaretjax
05-26-2011, 05:39 PM
I'm more of a Jon/Tyrion/Arya kinda guy. I didn't mean for my comment to sound like I didn't enjoy the book, because I definitely did. It was just more of a challenge to get through than the previous books.

Totally agreed.

roberto73
05-26-2011, 07:35 PM
The issue for me with book 4 was that I didn't really give all that much of a shit about the characters they focused on. I'm more of a Jon/Tyrion/Arya kinda guy.

I'm in this camp, too, and it was hard for me to get into (and keep straight) all the new Dornish characters he introduced. I thought the Daenerys developments were pretty cool, though, and added to what I think is one of the most effective character arcs (along with Jon's).

bballarl
05-26-2011, 10:45 PM
I'm in this camp, too, and it was hard for me to get into (and keep straight) all the new Dornish characters he introduced. I thought the Daenerys developments were pretty cool, though, and added to what I think is one of the most effective character arcs (along with Jon's).

Totally agreed on Daenerys.

the goat
05-28-2011, 04:52 PM
I'm in this camp, too, and it was hard for me to get into (and keep straight) all the new Dornish characters he introduced. I thought the Daenerys developments were pretty cool, though, and added to what I think is one of the most effective character arcs (along with Jon's).

Daenerys does not appear in the 4th book, did you perhaps mean Cersei?

A Dance With Dragons will be published July 12 in the US & UK. You'll get your Dany fix then.

"Do you pray to the gods?"

"The old and the new."

"There is only one god, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death. Not today."

http://i.hebimage.com/0511/4de184261588b.gif (http://www.hebimage.com)

roberto73
05-28-2011, 06:12 PM
Daenerys does not appear in the 4th book, did you perhaps mean Cersei?



Whoops. I was conflating the third and fourth. Which means I disliked the fourth even more than I remembered.

the goat
05-29-2011, 03:52 PM
"The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands."

Dany should counsel abused spouses.

http://i54.tinypic.com/15rmhvl.gif

the goat
05-29-2011, 04:07 PM
supercute puppy Summer is supercute

http://i54.tinypic.com/250p6dc.jpg

the goat
05-29-2011, 07:52 PM
Assuming we get that far, A Feast For Crows (Book 4) and A Dance With Dragons (Book 5) will be combined for the show. So fear not that you'll have to endure a Dany/Jon/Tyrion-less season.

http://i54.tinypic.com/29awg7k.jpg

wmgaretjax
05-29-2011, 09:06 PM
stop.

the goat
05-30-2011, 02:32 AM
not today.

http://i56.tinypic.com/wrm0yd.gif

the goat
05-30-2011, 04:18 AM
Maester Luwin: Why did you come here?

Osha: Didn't mean to come here. Meant to get much further south than this. As south as south goes. Before the Long Night comes.

Maester Luwin: Why? What are you afraid of?

Osha: There's things that sleep in the day. And hunt at night...

Maester Luwin: Owls and shadowcats...

Osha: I'm not talkin about owls and shadowcats...

Maester Luwin: Hmm. These things you speak of. They've been gone for thousands of years.

Osha: They wasn't gone, old man. They was sleeping. And they ain't sleepin no more.

downingthief
05-30-2011, 09:08 AM
This show just gets better and better. Classic HBO cliffhanger ending in Episode 7.

I do hope HBO doesn't pull a Carnivale, Deadwood, Rome, etc and pull the plug on this show too early.

chunk
05-30-2011, 08:12 PM
This show could benefit with a little less sex and nudity. I understand how sex is a key factor in certain story lines, but it just seems like a bit too much and distracts from the good parts of the show.

I really liked the courtyard scene with Cersei and Ned.

"...and that night he crawled on top of me stinking of wine and did what he did - what little he could do...and whispered in my ear, 'Leanna'. Your sister was a corpse and I was a living girl and he loved her more than me."

knytt
06-05-2011, 10:30 PM
While I knew that this week's episode was merely a set up for the final 2, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. It was good, just nowhere near as good as the last few weeks in terms of suspense. There were some incredible scenes though, if a bit packed in.

bballarl
06-05-2011, 10:44 PM
Khal Drogo's epic badassery made for this episode's best moment I think.

knytt
06-05-2011, 10:46 PM
I liked the Mortal Kombat-esque fatality.

daisyBee
06-05-2011, 10:50 PM
this show, by far, is one of the best HBO series. i love how it's not like anything else you see on television these days.

p.s... i love the imp <3

OutOfmYminD
06-05-2011, 11:16 PM
Book 4 has redeeming qualities. I won't go into them too much because I feel like even giving away the names of narrators in this series is too much of a spoiler.

The one thing I will say is that I hate Cersei. She is such a bitch, and that's a good thing. I think it speaks for the book when one (or more.. thinking of a few other narrators in book 4) characters elicit an emotional response like that, even if it's a negative one.

Anyone read any of the sample chapters that were posted on Martin's website? Full of awesome.

thestripe
06-06-2011, 07:40 AM
Khal Drogo's epic badassery made for this episode's best moment I think.

This.

Mugwog
06-06-2011, 02:45 PM
Ugh, entertainment so good it becomes an addiction. 2 Episodes left have me cringing and wanting to just spoil my mind by reading all the books. I had to stop reading due to not wanting to kill the first season for me. I really hope this takes off and doesn't get too loopy like True Blood did

EDIT:
Or Dexter with Julia Stiles and a terribly predictable time line. (Jimmy Smits season has 500 points on Stiles)

dorkfish
06-06-2011, 02:48 PM
They're working with better source material than True Blood has...

chunk
06-06-2011, 09:12 PM
I love the way every episode leaves me wanting more. Sunday nights are genuine events for me. I havent had a TV show be a part of my life like this in a long time.

amyzzz
06-07-2011, 10:16 AM
I'm really enjoying reading the book concurrent with watching the tv show.

bleep
06-07-2011, 09:16 PM
Sansa replying "he will" at the end of episode 8 gave me goosebumps.

at the start, i used to think Jason Momoa was too much of a pretty-boy to fit the role of Khal Drogo. from the "crowning" of Viserys on, Momoa has very much grown on me.

Mugwog
06-08-2011, 12:41 PM
Lil eyeliner, pony tail and always looking pissed off does the trick

thestripe
06-08-2011, 02:57 PM
and ripping out throats.

the goat
06-09-2011, 08:09 PM
Game of Thrones Emmy submissions

Art direction: Winter is Coming (ep. 1), A Golden Crown (ep. 6), and Fire and Blood (ep. 10)
Costumes: The Pointy End (ep. 8)
Cinematography: Winter is Coming (ep. 1) by Alik Sakharov, Lord Snow (ep 2) by Marco Pontecorvo, The Pointy End (ep. 8) by Matthew Jensen
Directing: Winter is Coming (ep. 1) by Tim Van Patten, A Golden Crown (ep. 6) by Daniel Minahan, Baelor (ep. 9) by Alan Taylor
Editing: Winter is Coming (ep. 1) by Oral Norrie Ottey, A Golden Crown (ep. 6) by Marty Nicholson, Baelor (ep. 9) by Francesca Parker
Hairstyling: A Golden Crown (ep. 6) by Kevin Alexander and Candice Banks
Makeup (Non-Prosthetic): Winter is Coming (ep. 1) by Paul Engelen and Melissa Lackersteen
Prosthetic Makeup: A Golden Crown (ep. 6) by Paul Engelen and Conor O’Sullivan
Sound Editing: A Golden Crown (ep. 6)
Sound Mixing: A Golden Crown (ep. 6)
Stunts: The Wolf and the Lion (ep. 5)
Writing: Baelor (ep. 9) by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Best Drama
Best Casting
Best Main Title Design

Drama Lead Actor: Sean Bean
Drama Lead Actress: Lena Headey
Drama Supporting Actor: Mark Addy, Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Aiden Gillen, Kit Harington, and Jason Momoa
Drama Supporting Actress: Emilia Clarke and Michelle Fairley

Nominations announced July 14. Ceremony Sept. 18.

Main Title Design is pretty much a lock, and I can't believe they won't at least get a nom for Casting. They shoulda submitted Ep. 5 for Best Prosthetic Makeup just for Lysa's tit.

If Dinklage doesn't get nominated, all the voters should be crowned.

the goat
06-10-2011, 01:13 AM
http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/170/winterfellmassrmail.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/543/winterfellmassrmail.png/)

the goat
06-10-2011, 09:39 PM
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/2308/cathateslannisters.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/194/cathateslannisters.jpg/)

Except Tyrion, of course.

"How would you like to die, Tyrion, son of Tywin?"

"In my own bed, at the age of 80, with a bellyful of wine, and a girl's mouth around my cock."

the goat
06-13-2011, 10:49 AM
http://i55.tinypic.com/28hooaw.jpg

jackstraw94086
06-13-2011, 10:56 AM
If Dinklage doesn't get nominated, all the voters should be crowned.

for real. That dude makes the show. It's a shame he couldn't get a more than a supporting actor nod.

jackstraw94086
06-13-2011, 11:05 AM
This show just gets better and better. Classic HBO cliffhanger ending in Episode 7.

I do hope HBO doesn't pull a Carnivale, Deadwood, Rome, etc and pull the plug on this show too early.

There was no choice but to end Rome. They began the second season with the intention of comressing a shitload of time and ending with death of Mark Antony. There was nowhere for the show to go after that. Ceasar Augustus' rule was long relatively boring. Shit didn't get interesting again until after way him, when all the show's characters would be long dead.

downingthief
06-13-2011, 12:44 PM
There was no choice but to end Rome. They began the second season with the intention of comressing a shitload of time and ending with death of Mark Antony. There was nowhere for the show to go after that. Ceasar Augustus' rule was long relatively boring. Shit didn't get interesting again until after way him, when all the show's characters would be long dead.

Yeah, good point. Rome isn't a good example. The other two are.

downingthief
06-13-2011, 12:46 PM
Nice way to end the last episode. Last one should be all out with a cliffhanger ending that will piss us all off, and please us. Typical of HBO, those genius bastards.

roberto73
06-13-2011, 01:14 PM
If Season 1 ends the same way the first book ends, Episode 10 will be a humdinger.

amyzzz
06-14-2011, 11:36 AM
I love this show so fucking much. I hope anyone who still has misgivings about watching an epic fantasy show will just stfu and watch it already. I'm reading ahead in the book, and I'm really excited to see how the last episode plays out on the show.

Dogvolta
06-14-2011, 12:18 PM
If Season 1 ends the same way the first book ends, Episode 10 will be a humdinger.

this

chiapet
06-14-2011, 12:41 PM
What is the phrase? "Baller ass midget"? Peter Drinklage is so amazing in this.

bobert
06-14-2011, 12:43 PM
qYNeT2nzEgA#at=81

chairmenmeow47
06-14-2011, 01:34 PM
finally caught up! definitely like it a lot more than the first episode. the blonde kalesi or whatever has grown on me. i hated her in the first episode. lots of great characters. i was shocked with the last episode. fuck that child king.

amyzzz
06-14-2011, 02:08 PM
I just finished the book, and oh my god I can't wait for the last episode!

It's Khaleesi, which is her title as wife to Khal Drogo. Her actual name is Daenerys Targaryen. It's easier for me to keep the names straight after having read the book.

chairmenmeow47
06-14-2011, 02:14 PM
i bet. i just read that chart someone posted which is helpful. i'm not a great speller and am just lazy lol.

i've been so fucking sick and it was nice to watch all the episodes back to back while i've been resting. that whole breastfeeding thing has stuck with me though, so fucking gross.

citizenerased
06-14-2011, 02:48 PM
Here's another cool chart
http://i.imgur.com/750jI.png

amyzzz
06-14-2011, 02:53 PM
As noted on the chart, it has spoilers up to episode 7. I like that chart a lot.

jackstraw94086
06-14-2011, 04:48 PM
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y58/jackstraw94086/750jI2.jpg

bmack86
06-14-2011, 05:56 PM
In the books as well as the show, Daenerys started as one of my least favorite characters but grew to be my favorite. Such a badass.

citizenerased
06-15-2011, 11:39 AM
http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b247126_game_of_thrones_sean_bean_stabbed_in.html


Turns out, Sean Bean's hero image is the real deal.
The Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings tough guy reportedly came to the aid of his famous glamour model companion after a fellow pub reveler made some untoward comments on her topless posing past. While Bean's white knighthood was obviously admirable, it also proved rather dangerous, as a melee ensued and the actor was ultimately stabbed outside the London pub.
So what, exactly, happened? And just how is Bean doing now?
According to the Daily Mail, the incident kicked off when the 52-year-old Bean and 22-year-old Playboy hottie April Summers (real name Nadia Foster) went outside Camden's Hill Bar and Brasserie to smoke. A passerby spotted the duo (or at least one half of the duo) and began making lewd comments, leading Bean to confront the big talker.
All was seemingly well until the stranger returned later on, at which point a scuffle broke out. Bean's rep tells E News that the star was apparently punched in the face, causing a bruise over his eye, and stabbed in the arm with broken glass (not, as some initial reports claimed, with a knife). Despite his wounds, Bean refused any medical attention and opted not to go to a hospital.
Instead, the actor accepted a first aid kit from the bar staff, then ordered another drink.
Guess all those tough guy roles haven't been too much of a stretch, after all.

iv3rdawG
06-15-2011, 11:47 AM
Looking through the Emmy submissions posted earlier, it seems like any of the supporting actors could get nominated and win but it really seems like Dinklage is the front runner. I'd be happy to see Kit Harington (Jon Snow) win though. I think he's been fantastic.

jackstraw94086
06-15-2011, 12:42 PM
if he doesn't get the emmy he at least deserves some sort of award for smacking that joffrey kid so convincingly. I'm not even talking about the character, I mean the actual kid. The casting folks did a good job finding a kid that just looks fucking annoying and terrible. I don't care if he's a sweet kid in real life. I just wanna hit him.

amyzzz
06-15-2011, 12:55 PM
He reminds me of that kid they got for Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies.

bobert
06-15-2011, 01:27 PM
if he doesn't get the emmy he at least deserves some sort of award for smacking that joffrey kid so convincingly. I'm not even talking about the character, I mean the actual kid. The casting folks did a good job finding a kid that just looks fucking annoying and terrible. I don't care if he's a sweet kid in real life. I just wanna hit him.

^^^ This. I was at a wedding last weekend and my friend spotted a guy that looked like Joffrey will look in about ten years. I had to fight the urge to dump my drink on his head.

jackstraw94086
06-15-2011, 02:07 PM
He reminds me of that kid they got for Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies.

Did you see the scene from Get Him To The Greek where where Jonah Silver runs into him in the bar and makes a hogwarts joke?

Without his hair all slicked back that guy doesn't look like much of a douche.

MusicIsMyBoyfriend
06-15-2011, 02:43 PM
He reminds me of that kid they got for Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies.


Thought that too. As Jack pointed out though, he isn't as much of a douche in real life.... I did a shot with him in Vegas a month or so ago and he was very nice.


The kid who plays Joffrey though, has seriously crazy/mezmerizing evil eyes. I would not do a shot with him.

amyzzz
06-15-2011, 02:56 PM
Well, he is a kid, so you wouldn't do a shot with him anyway. Right?

MusicIsMyBoyfriend
06-15-2011, 03:36 PM
The Harry Potter kid used to be a kid too. If you had asked me a couple years ago if I would ever do a shot with any of those kids I would not have thought it was possible...

Also it was Levi Johnston's 21st B-day party at that same club that night. Needless to say, my nearly 30 yr old ass felt very old. Haha.

So to answer your question.... I don't know, maybe.

bleep
06-19-2011, 07:08 PM
well done, HBO.

ivankay
06-19-2011, 07:27 PM
Indeed. One of the best series HBO has done. Now to find a time machine and get my ass to Spring 2012.

knytt
06-19-2011, 09:48 PM
Wow, that was a humdinger of a finale. I can't wait to finish the book now. And the next 4..

bmack86
06-19-2011, 09:51 PM
Oh I can't wait to see how they do the end of this season.

Edit: I'm on book 4 right now, so I know what'll happen, but I can't wait to actually see it!

concertgoer
06-19-2011, 09:58 PM
Fantastic season finale
Really looking forward to finishing up book one

benhur
06-19-2011, 10:08 PM
unfortunately i felt the finale was quite boring, but the season overall was great

Mugwog
06-19-2011, 10:12 PM
I feel like episode 9 was more of a traditional HBO "finale" for a season, but this finale will make everyone impatient and read the books.

3 cheers for promoting literacy HBO and 500 points for flame boobage.

wmgaretjax
06-19-2011, 10:24 PM
the finale was fucking perfect.

GrossMagic
06-19-2011, 11:27 PM
Hot.

citizenerased
06-20-2011, 12:29 AM
I thought it would've been cooler if she came out of the fire rather than that morning after scene. Isn't that how it happened in the book?

amyzzz
06-20-2011, 07:26 AM
SPOILERS


I thought the dragons were supposed to be suckling at her breasts, which I think would have made that last scene a touch more dramatic.

wmgaretjax
06-20-2011, 07:27 AM
one of them was...

also, i don't think the image would have be nearly as haunting if she just walked out of the fire...

amyzzz
06-20-2011, 07:30 AM
Ah, darn. It didn't look that way to me. I will have to re-watch.

Dogvolta
06-20-2011, 07:32 AM
SPOILERS


EDITED OUT DUE TO SPOILERS.

OMG awesome, I was wondering how HBO was going to end the season. I've read the book but haven't watched a single episode. And yes, you are correct in your assumption and I agree it would have been a bit more dramatic...if not risking some cheese factor, they would have had to been very tactful about it

chunk
06-20-2011, 12:43 PM
Oooooooh Hoooo Hoooooo Hoooooo Woooooo!!!!!!!
^^^^
I think thats right. I think thats how I felt after the last episode ended. Add clapping.
Mind you, this is coming from somebody who has not read one page of any book or looked at any of the maps or legends that may be available helping guide viewers. I also have stayed away from this thread more than anything. The result was a truly new chapter in the story unfolding every seven days. Isnt it impossible to talk about the book without giving away spoilers? Maybe there should be a seperate thread exclusively for the people who want to talk about the books.

All of the episodes were great for the most part, and this one might have been the best. Everybody will remember the ending, but almost every single scene was memorable. WOOT!

And I cant forget this:
from the blood of Velouria (!)

amyzzz
06-20-2011, 12:51 PM
Valyria.

chunk
06-20-2011, 12:55 PM
I knew it couldnt be the other one. Thanks for letting me be happy for five seconds. But hey, you can still sing it the same way.

V
A
L
Y
R
I
AAAA

nah. missing one syllable/letter

amyzzz
06-20-2011, 12:59 PM
I'm in the middle of book 2, and they mention Valyrian steel a lot, but I am not sure what/where Valyria is.

Mugwog
06-20-2011, 01:22 PM
I believe valyrian steel is royal/enchanted steel from the Targeryan era of rulers, dragon forged perhaps?

Wow I just felt like I went back into WoW with that sentence.

citizenerased
06-20-2011, 01:27 PM
also, i don't think the image would have be nearly as haunting if she just walked out of the fire...
If I remember right it wasn't just "walking out of the fire". She stood there engulfed in flames as the eggs hatched. That would've been a sweet image.

Like what was everyone doing before walking over to her the next morning?

amyzzz
06-20-2011, 01:44 PM
Maybe they all passed out. Who knows? I'm not sure if I liked the way they did that, but it was awesome that she was naked with the dragons like in the book.

downingthief
06-21-2011, 07:21 PM
Really, really enjoying this show. Spring of 2012...Ughhh...

I haven't read any of the books, and I am not sure I want to read them because I want to have the surprise of the show. That being said, I wouldn't mind reading what I have already seen. So, how closely does the show follow the books chronologically? Is the first season the first book, etc?

shermanoaksyo
06-22-2011, 01:11 AM
Penultimate episodes are often the climactic ones in big HBO series. Finales are often a time for the characters to reflect and to set up for next season. The Wire, Deadwood, Sopranos (as great as GOT is, these shows were all superior)... they all have seasons that follow this pattern.

A few words of advice for my fellow dorks: first, you don't need to wait, just buy A Clash of Kings and dive right in. Your brain can probably survive the strain of a book. And when you hit the first Tyrion scene within the first 50 pages, you'll be glad you took the risk.

Second, if you want to reward Exec. Producer D.B. Weiss for his wonderful job adapting the series, then buy his 2003 novel "Lucky Wander Boy. (http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780452283947-5)" It's about a fictional 8-bit video game and it's terrific.

shermanoaksyo
06-22-2011, 01:15 AM
I thought it would've been cooler if she came out of the fire rather than that morning after scene. Isn't that how it happened in the book?

The Burning Man-inspired twist on the dragon-birthing sequence - complete with a woozy morning-after - was perfect.

Dogvolta
06-22-2011, 07:44 AM
Penultimate episodes are often the climactic ones in big HBO series. Finales are often a time for the characters to reflect and to set up for next season. The Wire, Deadwood, Sopranos (as great as GOT is, these shows were all superior)... they all have seasons that follow this pattern.

A few words of advice for my fellow dorks: first, you don't need to wait, just buy A Clash of Kings and dive right in. Your brain can probably survive the strain of a book. And when you hit the first Tyrion scene within the first 50 pages, you'll be glad you took the risk.

Second, if you want to reward Exec. Producer D.B. Weiss for his wonderful job adapting the series, then buy his 2003 novel "Lucky Wander Boy. (http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780452283947-5)" It's about a fictional 8-bit video game and it's terrific.

I've read it, but what Tyrion scene in first 50 pages are you refering to...? Don't forget to "spoiler" color it as to not ruin it for others, I just can't seem to think of which scene are you are talking about

chairmenmeow47
06-22-2011, 10:02 AM
Penultimate episodes are often the climactic ones in big HBO series. Finales are often a time for the characters to reflect and to set up for next season. The Wire, Deadwood, Sopranos (as great as GOT is, these shows were all superior)... they all have seasons that follow this pattern.

agree with this.

and OMG LOVED THE FINALE! so glad i forced myself to watch last night since i'm going out of town. amy's spoilers were AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

bobert
06-22-2011, 01:34 PM
Penultimate episodes are often the climactic ones in big HBO series. Finales are often a time for the characters to reflect and to set up for next season. The Wire, Deadwood, Sopranos (as great as GOT is, these shows were all superior)... they all have seasons that follow this pattern.

The Wire, Deadwood, Sopranos. Probably my favorite television shows ever, in that order. I think Game of Thrones' first season is comparable, if not better than the first seasons of those shows. I didn't know a single person who watched season one of the Wire and declared it the best television show ever made (which it is.) It's a little early to be judging GOT against great shows with multiple seasons to their credit. Time will tell.

shermanoaksyo
06-22-2011, 03:10 PM
I think the fact that it is an adaptation of a crazy epic w/ a limited budget, that some of the storylines are rushed, that these big battles occur without us getting a glimpse... that stuff adds up to inherent inferiority vis-a-vis the original works of the HBO holy trinity. Also, I disagree that GOT S1 lives up to its counterparts in the other series.

But GOT is extremely fucking great, don't get me wrong.

JorgeC
06-22-2011, 03:55 PM
I think the fact that it is an adaptation of a crazy epic w/ a limited budget, that some of the storylines are rushed, that these big battles occur without us getting a glimpse... that stuff adds up to inherent inferiority vis-a-vis the original works of the HBO holy trinity. Also, I disagree that GOT S1 lives up to its counterparts in the other series.

But GOT is extremely fucking great, don't get me wrong.

swap Deadwood with Six Feet Under and we're in agreement. Deadwood (and Carnivale) i also consider damn fine TV (maybe even masterpieces...) but without having finished their runs properly, i don't think you can call them the best things HBO have ever put out. I'm hoping GOT ends up having a long run (like Wire, 6FU, and Sopranos) and not a short one like Deadwood and Carnivale.

shermanoaksyo
06-22-2011, 06:18 PM
Fair point about Deadwood being unfinished. Deadwood I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down.

jackstraw94086
06-22-2011, 06:21 PM
I must be one of the only people who thought the finale was worthless.

Yeah I get the talk of "penultimate episode was more climactic", but doesn't excuse the finale from being absolutely nothing but setup for next season. almost every single scene. I just watched it again to see if I judged it harshly, but I didn't judge it harshly enough. The only 3 (short) scenes that weren't abject whoring for season 2 were "check out pop's head", Drogo's funeral and Jaime mouthing off to Cateryn (which I did enjoy).

I get that there's a story line to maintain, but things could have been rejiggered to combine the last 2 episodes. IT would have been better as a 2 hour finale with the last 2 episodes mixed (not simply laid end on end)

misterpickles
06-24-2011, 05:03 PM
did anybody else notice that Greyjoy's ween is completely soft immediately after his tumble with Ros in what I'm pretty sure is episode 4? I mean c'mon now, with all the effort that's put into this amazing production, you would think they could at least get a stunt boner or something

chunk
06-24-2011, 08:12 PM
I think the fact that it is an adaptation of a crazy epic w/ a limited budget, that some of the storylines are rushed, that these big battles occur without us getting a glimpse... that stuff adds up to inherent inferiority vis-a-vis the original works of the HBO holy trinity.

But GOT is extremely fucking great, don't get me wrong.


I must be one of the only people who thought the finale was worthless.

Yeah I get the talk of "penultimate episode was more climactic", but doesn't excuse the finale from being absolutely nothing but setup for next season. almost every single scene. I just watched it again to see if I judged it harshly, but I didn't judge it harshly enough. The only 3 (short) scenes that weren't abject whoring for season 2 were "check out pop's head", Drogo's funeral and Jaime mouthing off to Cateryn (which I did enjoy).

I get that there's a story line to maintain, but things could have been rejiggered to combine the last 2 episodes. IT would have been better as a 2 hour finale with the last 2 episodes mixed (not simply laid end on end)

Swords and castles and dragons are pretty silly things for most grown ups to pay attention to. The reason this show works and excels is because of the talented actors and screenwriters who are effectively able to ground this story in human emotions. They were smart to leave the spectacle stuff in the background as much as possible. Epic battleground scenes are almost always done badly and never capture the magnitude of loss accurately. Seeing the eggs hatch in the fire would have looked exactly like dig dug.

If there was a show next week, then this show would have been the penultimate hoo haa and what not. The argument seems non sensical.

I dont agree with the idea that every scene was worthless or a set up. Both of the two scenes revealing the betrayal and treachery of the witch were both unexpected kicks in the stomache.

when the sun sets in the east and rises in the west...

The Godfather II almost pillow scene. Sure she was going to use her dead husbands soul to help make dragon babies or whatever, but it comes across in a very human way as a new brides mercy killing her waking comatose husband.

This show it at its greatest displaying recognizable human emotions while being surrounded by other-worldly things.

the goat
06-25-2011, 08:16 AM
What chunk said, although most of the credit is deservedly George RR Martin's, for creating such wonderful characters, and skullfucking your expectations at pretty much every turn. Which is not to say that David Benioff & Dan Weiss did not do an extraordinary job (Herculean, really) of adaptation, especially considering the time and budget constraints they faced.

As far as the last episode goes, its the end of the 1st book in a seven book series. It dealt with the aftermath of Ned's execution, resolved Jon's allegiance...for now, and completed Dany's transformation from chattel rape victim to Mother. of. Motherfucking. Dragons. I'd say it was a resounding success.

jackstraw's reaction is, in fact, exactly the same as most book readers'. "Gods damn you, I want more!!!!!" At least you bastards know when its comin, try waiting 2 years...then 3 years...then 4 years...then 5 years...is it July 12 yet?


Please buy the DVD/Blu-rays and the books and the T-shirts and the keychains and any other HBO merch you can possibly afford. Most important, get every single person you have ever met to watch this show. There are tens of thousands of fantasy novels on your local bookshelves, but there is only ONE fantasy television show that's worth a shit.

"You should get some sleep, its going to be a long war."
- Jaime Lannister

wmgaretjax
06-25-2011, 09:15 AM
if only they would sell a digital subscription... fucking idiots.

bmack86
06-25-2011, 09:59 AM
Yeah, I really don't know why they don't have something like that. I'd pay just to have digital access to HBO's original programming.

bmack86
06-25-2011, 10:07 AM
Oh, and last night I finished book 4. I'm glad I did so now rather than 6 years ago.

the goat
06-25-2011, 12:28 PM
Oh, and last night I finished book 4. I'm glad I did so now rather than 6 years ago.

Hahahahahaha, this quote is gonna be great 6 years from now.

hawkingvsreeve
06-25-2011, 01:10 PM
Currently watching this with my roommate.


I really cant get into a show with this many beards running around.

the goat
06-25-2011, 03:54 PM
Interesting. Most people bitched about the wigs, but hey, faults are where you find them.

the goat
06-25-2011, 04:10 PM
So here's my first Wire/GoT mashup. Thanks to my coz Kris for actually putting it together. I'm posting it as a link since it SPOILERS

imbx.us/T7K

Also, Natalie Dormer, who played Anne Boleyn in Tudors, has been cast as Margaery Tyrell, sister of Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers. She's quite a bit older than Margaery in the books, but I could never argue with her.

OutOfmYminD
06-25-2011, 10:44 PM
If it was possible, and the people at HBO were clever, they'd release these DVDs within at least three months of the new book. People are going to finish A Dance with Dragons and be on the hook for more A Song of Ice and Fire.

OutOfmYminD
07-12-2011, 12:52 AM
7/12, me and tyrion are drinking wine when my kindle finishes this download.

Dogvolta
07-12-2011, 06:50 AM
Swords and castles and dragons are pretty silly things for most grown ups to pay attention to. The reason this show works and excels is because of the talented actors and screenwriters who are effectively able to ground this story in human emotions. They were smart to leave the spectacle stuff in the background as much as possible. Epic battleground scenes are almost always done badly and never capture the magnitude of loss accurately. Seeing the eggs hatch in the fire would have looked exactly like dig dug.

If there was a show next week, then this show would have been the penultimate hoo haa and what not. The argument seems non sensical.

I dont agree with the idea that every scene was worthless or a set up. Both of the two scenes revealing the betrayal and treachery of the witch were both unexpected kicks in the stomache.

when the sun sets in the east and rises in the west...

The Godfather II almost pillow scene. Sure she was going to use her dead husbands soul to help make dragon babies or whatever, but it comes across in a very human way as a new brides mercy killing her waking comatose husband.

This show it at its greatest displaying recognizable human emotions while being surrounded by other-worldly things.

As the goat said, a lot of this is due credit to George R.R. One of the reasons the books are so compelling is how it somehow sprinkles in the "magic" and fantasy-like elements, yet keeps them as an underlying/driving force. Example: Everyone in the first book TALKS of dragons, but the reader never really gets the idea that dragons exist/will come into play.
Same thing goes for magic. It is so lightly hinted at throughout first and second book, even debunked and discredited...but, well, keep reading. And then of course the same things goes for all the the "fantasy" creatures north of the wall.

Because of the way Martin wove these things in, magic/dragons/sword play/fantasy creatures become MUCH more real, as opposed to, say, Tyrion shouting "I cast a fireball to your face!" FIREBALL, and Bran shouting back "lighting bolt, LIGHTING BOLT!"

Know what I mean?

amyzzz
07-12-2011, 10:47 AM
Storm of Swords is the best book of the three I've read so far. So much goes down in the book! I'm enjoying this series so much more than I ever thought I would. I don't usually like fantasy (or epic fantasy) much.

DFrank
07-12-2011, 11:34 PM
Watched the first episode tonight with the parents. Uh, softcore porn much? A little awkward.

Gribbz
07-18-2011, 12:25 PM
Almost done with Season 1. This show is addicting.

Also, we need to bring back Trial by Combat.

sames44
07-18-2011, 04:47 PM
ha

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/07/a-song-of-ice-and-lego

jackstraw94086
07-18-2011, 05:16 PM
http://www.tor.com/images/stories/blogs/11_07/GoTLLittlePycelleVarys.jpgthats the winner right there

amyzzz
07-18-2011, 05:17 PM
The maester chains are particularly good.

Gribbz
07-25-2011, 11:37 PM
gonna suck waiting 10 months for season 2.

And how. Loved the final scene.

I wonder how much screen time the White Walkers will get in season 2 (I haven't read the books).

bmack86
07-26-2011, 01:08 AM
I finished the fifth book last night. It was definitely a step up from the fourth one, and as much as it's going to suck to wait ten months for season 2, it's going to suck a lot more waiting for book 6. SO many things I want to know.

amyzzz
07-26-2011, 10:07 AM
I finished the fifth book last night. It was definitely a step up from the fourth one, and as much as it's going to suck to wait ten months for season 2, it's going to suck a lot more waiting for book 6. SO many things I want to know.
That's good to know -- I'm still reading book 4, and it gets a bit tedious at times. Book 3 (A Storm of Swords) was the best so far.

mmsk123
07-26-2011, 11:32 AM
4 is the worst one by far. I have not started reading ADWD... mainly because I can't decide whether or not to re-read the first four since it's been 5 years that I last read them.

the goat
08-07-2011, 06:34 AM
For anyone who hasn't read A Feast for Crows (Book 4) yet (or even if you have), here's an attempt at a chronological reading order for a Feast/Dance with Dragons megabook that I found. Its spoiler free, just a chapter list, except inasmuch as the chapter titles themselves are spoilers. I'll probably try this next time I re-read.

http://tinyurl.com/423kyda

bballarl
08-07-2011, 09:35 AM
Let me know when we can start discussing the fifth book in here.

the goat
08-13-2011, 09:02 AM
Let me know when we can start discussing the fifth book in here.

Don't see why now isn't fine.

People gonna finish when they finish (especially given the intent of the thread to bring in new readers/viewers). No reason to have some arbitrary deadline, just use inviso-text and/or spoiler warnings beforehand. Shouldn't be too difficult.

Also, here's the full Emmy nomination list. Thought I posted this last month, but apparently booze got the better of me...again.

Best Drama Series: Game of Thrones
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Writing in a Drama Series: David Benioff and Dan Weiss for “Baelor”
Directing in a Drama Series: Timothy van Patten for “Winter is Coming”
Casting in a Drama Series: Nina Gold and Robert Sterne
Costumes for a Drama Series: Michelle Clapton and Rachael Webb-Crozier for “The Pointy End”
Hairstyling in a Single-Camera Series: Kevin Alexander and Candice Banks for “A Golden Crown”
Main Title Design: Angus Wall, Robert Feng, Kirk H. Shintani, and Hameed Shaukat
Non-prosthetic Makeup in a Single-Camera Series: Paul Engelen and Melissa Lackersteen for “Winter is Coming”
Prosethtic Makeup in a Series: Paul Engelen and Conor O’Sullivan for “A Golden Crown”
Sound Editing for a Series: Stefan Hendrix, Tim Hands, Michelle McCormack, Steve Fanagan, Andy Kennedy, Jon Stevenson, Robin Whittaker, Caoimhe Doyle, and Eoghan McDonnell
Special Visual effects for a Series: Adam McInnes, Angela Barson, Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor, Raf Morant, Henry Badgett, Damien Mace, Stuart Brisdon, and Graham Hills
Stunt Coordination: Paul Jennings

And here's the Season 2 cast page, excepting Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton, Robert Pugh as Craster, and Ben Crompton as Dolourous Edd, who were cast in the past few days (also note, "Asha Greyjoy" has been changed to "Yara Greyjoy" to avoid confusion with Osha. Commence bitching):

http://winter-is-coming.net/features/cast/season-two/

Dogvolta
08-15-2011, 08:16 AM
For anyone who hasn't read A Feast for Crows (Book 4) yet (or even if you have), here's an attempt at a chronological reading order for a Feast/Dance with Dragons megabook that I found. Its spoiler free, just a chapter list, except inasmuch as the chapter titles themselves are spoilers. I'll probably try this next time I re-read.

http://tinyurl.com/423kyda

I'm on book three, it is amazing. What the heck is this link though? Am I not understanding some huge issue with book 4?

PotVsKtl
08-15-2011, 10:58 AM
I'm on book three, it is amazing. What the heck is this link though? Am I not understanding some huge issue with book 4?

Yes.

amyzzz
08-15-2011, 11:31 AM
I think the action in book 4 and 5 are on the same time line but with different characters? There was an author's note to this effect in book 4 anyway.

Dogvolta
08-16-2011, 07:24 AM
Yes.

Care to elaborate? I don't mind if you "spoil" what is so different about the, if that is possible to not spoil much about the story and such.
Or does Amy basically have it right?

PotVsKtl
08-16-2011, 12:17 PM
She's correct, the stories take place at the same time. If you're like me and are lucky enough to have forgotten the tedious events of book 4 by the time the new one came out it doesn't really matter.

Dogvolta
08-16-2011, 01:35 PM
Thanks. It might be a good thing that my expectations of book 4 are so low, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised in some way.

the goat
08-23-2011, 09:30 AM
HBO has confirmed that, aside from being based in and around Belfast, NI, Season Two will shoot in Iceland and Croatia (Dubrovnik, specifically). Which also confirms that they will not be returning to Malta. No comment on whether last year's beach fiasco in Malta was to blame for the change.

Dubrovnik will be the new site for King's Landing exteriors, as well as standing in for various other GoT locations. Iceland will be used for certain scenes "beyond the Wall."

citizenerased
09-06-2011, 01:36 PM
Characters that we have so far:
http://i.imgur.com/x9cZK.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/eUfJh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/qFwsb.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/2rTe0.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/qU3e4.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/mmvTH.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/uc455.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/KTdMy.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/I3CsJ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/uG26o.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/NSgSa.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/fQh57.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/sj6jE.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/DTQrd.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RYInx.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ccWpu.jpg

amyzzz
09-06-2011, 02:17 PM
There are too many goddamn people in these books. I'm on the dragons book, and I'm struggling to remember who was who in that list of names.

citizenerased
09-06-2011, 02:35 PM
haha and there's even more minor characters I could've posted, stuck to the ones I thought worthy.

PotVsKtl
09-06-2011, 02:42 PM
I like that Gilly. I do not like that Melisandre.

Dogvolta
09-07-2011, 12:44 PM
There are too many goddamn people in these books. I'm on the dragons book, and I'm struggling to remember who was who in that list of names.

Agreed. That is the one and basically only complaint I have of these novels. Book two was RIDICULOUS. Book one I used the appendix like crazy, every few pages I'd be flipping back there. I had my head wrapped around that book up, down, and sideways. Did the same thing for book two, until about half-way through. I tossed in the towel. I said fuck it, if I don't really need to give a shit who some of these people are, then I won't give a shit. I really think it is detrimental to the series, but that just my opinion. No doubt there are PLENTY who would disagree with me, and I am sure they all would have very valid points.

I am about 500 pages into book three, and I can't help but think Martin backed off a bit with the names. Of course, I am enjoying book three tons more than book two.

On the new cast members...fucking SPOT ON with Balon and Stannis...

EDIT: AND PYAT, nailed it, in my head at least

wmgaretjax
09-07-2011, 01:27 PM
if you haven't paid attention to some of the secondary characters in detail in the first four books... book five will be a rough read. a lot of things that were spinning in the background finally come to fruition.

citizenerased
09-07-2011, 01:53 PM
now that I think about it, is Jeyne Westerling even in Clash of Kings?

I love the choices for Stannis, Davos, Melisandre, Bolton, Jaqen H'ghar, and Pod. Brienne looks like she will be okay but not as masculine as in the book.

roberto73
09-07-2011, 02:15 PM
if you haven't paid attention to some of the secondary characters in detail in the first four books... book five will be a rough read. a lot of things that were spinning in the background finally come to fruition.

Definitely. And this has been one of my favorite things about Book 5. The whole thing is so much richer and more complex than I thought it would be when I picked up the first book about a year ago.

PotVsKtl
09-07-2011, 02:20 PM
For those of us disinclined to either read back through the series or maintain a functioning memory bank, I'm here to inform everyone that it's perfectly effective to simply read through the novel and not give a shit that you've forgotten what's happening and who is what. After all, 95% of Martin's writing consists of descriptions of crests and emblems, references to the weight of various mounds of snow, and the phrases "much and more" or "little and less."

wmgaretjax
09-07-2011, 03:04 PM
and the phrases "much and more" or "little and less."

hahahahaha.

bballarl
09-07-2011, 06:28 PM
For those of us disinclined to either read back through the series or maintain a functioning memory bank, I'm here to inform everyone that it's perfectly effective to simply read through the novel and not give a shit that you've forgotten what's happening and who is what. After all, 95% of Martin's writing consists of descriptions of crests and emblems, references to the weight of various mounds of snow, and the phrases "much and more" or "little and less."

This is pretty accurate.

the goat
09-08-2011, 12:00 AM
now that I think about it, is Jeyne Westerling even in Clash of Kings?


She initially appears early in Storm of Swords (Book 3), but this is due to the POV structure of the books (i.e. Robb is not a POV character). She is involved in important events during the timeline of Clash of Kings, but those events happen "offscreen" in the books. Since the show is not beholden to the POV structure, I'm pretty sure they will continue to depict these "offscreen" events (otherwise Robb is only in 1 or 2 scenes next season). Thus, Jeyne has been cast.

Also, Season 2 will most likely include some material from Storm of Swords, so its still possible she is introduced in the same scene as the books (but probably earlier).

the goat
09-08-2011, 12:30 AM
For those of us disinclined to either read back through the series or maintain a functioning memory bank, I'm here to inform everyone that it's perfectly effective to simply read through the novel and not give a shit that you've forgotten what's happening and who is what. After all, 95% of Martin's writing consists of descriptions of crests and emblems, references to the weight of various mounds of snow, and the phrases "much and more" or "little and less."

You forgot about his descriptions of clothes, armor, food, and the various interior decorations of every inn and holdfast from Sunspear to Craster's Keep.

Yet here we all are.

summerkid
09-08-2011, 08:17 AM
The guy who is playing Stannis was great as Thomas Jefferson in the John Adams miniseries. Excellent casting there.

amyzzz
09-08-2011, 10:11 AM
I have to say I love the description on all their meals and some of the clothes descriptions too. And how no one seems to care if they're naked and who's looking at them while they're naked.

OutOfmYminD
09-18-2011, 08:31 PM
Tyrion 4temmy.

PotVsKtl
09-19-2011, 10:46 AM
You forgot about his descriptions of clothes, armor, food, and the various interior decorations of every inn and holdfast from Sunspear to Craster's Keep.

Yet here we all are.

I'm here begrudgingly at this point. 750 pages in and Dance With Dragons finally has some narrative momentum.

amyzzz
09-19-2011, 10:53 AM
Crap. It takes that long? This is slow-going.

the goat
11-20-2011, 12:21 AM
First Season 2 "In Production" preview tonight before Boardwalk Empire.

Finally.

Dogvolta
11-21-2011, 07:13 AM
I only have about 200 pages left in book 4...I have come to accept the fact that George Martin is an "event" writer, if that makes any sense. Basically, you've got a series with a thousand paged books, and the only reason I keep reading is because every 500 pages or so something "game changing" happens.
Yes, sometimes the narration builds momentum and it becomes less tedious (spoiler: I am thoroughly enjoying my time reading about Arya in Braavos)
Maybe my expectations were too high after book 1. I've read book one 2.5 times (read it once, years ago, a year or two later wanted to read the series again, read half of it, and over the past year, have read up to book 4 almost 5) and I have enjoyed every fucking chapter every time.
But god damn, Martin makes the reader work hard for every little bit of entertainment.
All of this is simply opinion though.

iv3rdawG
11-21-2011, 12:29 PM
Here's that production trailer:

pE12H1HorUU

citizenerased
11-21-2011, 12:37 PM
fuck yeah! i can't wait

the goat
12-07-2011, 02:32 AM
DVD/Blu March 6.

Special Features (Bolded features are Blu-Ray exclusives)
A. Episodic Previews & Recaps (22:45)
B. Making of Game of Thrones (25:00)
C. Character Profiles (15 clips) (30:18)
D. Creating the Dothraki Language (5:26)
E. Inside the Night’s Watch (8:05)
F. From the Book to the Screen (5:15)
G. Histories (30:00 approx)
H. Creating the Show Open (5:05)
I. Cast Audition Tapes (25:00 approx)
J. Anatomy of Episode 6 “A Golden Crown” (60 min)
K. Guide to Westeros (Menu-Based In-Episode Interactive Feature)
L. Guide to Westeros (Menu-Based)
M. Ep 1 ‘Winter is Coming’ w/ Commentary by Exec Producers/Writers David Benioff & D.B Weiss
N. Ep 2 ‘The Kingsroad’ w/ Commentary by Lena Headey, Mark Addy & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
O. Ep 3 ‘Lord Snow’ w/ Commentary by Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams & Isaac Hempstead-Wright
P. Ep 4 ‘Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things’ w/ Commentary by Bryan Cogman (Writer) and Kit Harington
Q. Ep 6 ‘A Golden Crown’ w/ Commentary by Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Harry Lloyd and Daniel Minahan (Director)
R. Ep 8 ‘The Pointy End’ w/ Commentary by George R.R Martin (Co-Exec Producer & Author of Game of Thrones
S. Ep 10 ‘Fire and Blood’ w/ Commentary by David Benioff & D.B Weiss (Exec Producers/Writers) & Alan Taylor (Director)

pic, full story:
winter-is-coming.net/2011/12/more-game-of-thrones-season-one-dvdblu-ray-details-emerge/

No Ep. 9 commentary (& no Sean Bean, Jason Momoa, Michelle Fairley) is dissapoint, otherwise looks flawless

OnlyNonStranger
12-07-2011, 08:48 AM
I'm definitely going to get it!

I'm halfway through A Storm of Swords and holy crap, I am loving it! I honestly can't believe I hadn't heard of this series before.

Goatchella
12-07-2011, 08:53 AM
http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h296/tntinucci/hydr%20farm/2011/ebe7451f.jpg

citizenerased
12-09-2011, 05:23 PM
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A behind the scenes look at combat in season 2. You can see Brienne at :17 and :30, she looks rightfully massive!

OnlyNonStranger
12-09-2011, 05:41 PM
I want to stay at home and read tonight but I have to go to some stupid Xmas party with my girlfriend. Ugh.

the goat
12-10-2011, 06:23 PM
First Season 2 teaser tomorrow before Boardwalk finale.

citizenerased
12-10-2011, 07:30 PM
Huh? There's already been one.

the goat
12-13-2011, 07:42 AM
The clip a couple weeks ago was technically an "In Production" piece (i.e. behind the scenes stuff), so its not considered a trailer.

Anyway, here it is. Awesome, but too short! Stannis sounds great, and the Night's Watch horn at the end was perfect. Three blasts means...
sBrsM_WlfV8

OnlyNonStranger
12-13-2011, 09:01 AM
I just finished A Storm of Swords and I can easily see why people consider it the best book! Shit hit the fan.

JorgeC
12-14-2011, 10:27 AM
Just finished book 2 on vacation, starting book 3 this weekend. What a dick Theon Greyjoy turned out to be!!!

amyzzz
12-14-2011, 10:28 AM
Theon gets his. You'll see...

citizenerased
12-14-2011, 10:33 AM
Finishing Dragons is a shitty feeling, such a long wait! Book ruled too, I heard a lot of negative things about the pacing but it was on par with all the others imo.

Dogvolta
12-14-2011, 10:47 AM
Finishing Dragons is a shitty feeling, such a long wait! Book ruled too, I heard a lot of negative things about the pacing but it was on par with all the others imo.

I'm a couple hundred pages into it, so far I like it much more than the other books (other than book one).
I still stand by my statement that GRRM relies too heavily on "oh shit" moments. But I must say, the first so many chapters in Dragons have been an absolute pleasure to read.

amyzzz
12-14-2011, 10:57 AM
I hope the TV show lasts because I would REALLY like to see this all played out on the screen.