HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones - will this be just for nerds? (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

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Just been picked up for a first season.

I don't know anything about this but the fantasy genre is expensive and so 2k3 really isn't it?

ANTI-SPOILER REQUEST: Oh, and should we throw down some ground rules if people are going to be discussing this week-by-week? i.e. if you've read the books don't discuss anything further than where we are, but discussion of any differences in the TV show and the books from what we've seen is fine. ― Gukbe, Saturday, April 16, 2011 4:51 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

It will for this nerd!

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

fwiw every show HBO has is just for nerds but everyone else watches them anyway

Bunsen burner, bubbles, IT'S ALIVE! whaaaaa-? (HI DERE), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

this might be dope

carne asada, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

are the books good?

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

YES

Bunsen burner, bubbles, IT'S ALIVE! whaaaaa-? (HI DERE), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

also: Sean Bean as Eddard Stark

FUCK YES

Bunsen burner, bubbles, IT'S ALIVE! whaaaaa-? (HI DERE), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

'good if you're a fan of the fantasy genre and are cool with the Dragonlance series' or 'good' in the general sense.

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

GOOD GOOD

The other side of genetic power today (Laurel), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING FROM ILX

The other side of genetic power today (Laurel), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

did a search for 'Game of Thrones' to see if this show was already mentioned, and saw nothing about it or the books so...no?

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

REALLY GOOD GOOD

this nerd is v v v v excited

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

whoops. just searched 'game of thrones'. i actually wikipediaed this ages ago when the pilot was first announced. it's coming back to me.

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

This will be awesome. I gave up on the books after the first two, but would still like to see it on teevee.

crazy ass between (askance johnson), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Third book is probably the best.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'd agree with that

Bunsen burner, bubbles, IT'S ALIVE! whaaaaa-? (HI DERE), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

ok so what's going to happen when this show becomes wildly successful and 4 years from now they run out of god damn source material

did you mean: fart blasters? (nickalicious), Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

tbh if they've any sense they'll get to the end of book four about two and a half seasons in

thomp, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

also: 'they will come up with their own ending, more quickly and as validly as george r r martin manages to come up with his'

thomp, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

amazing that its been 4 or 5 years since i was really into these books and the next one's still not out...dude isn't gonna finish the series is he :(

it's definitely good tv series material though if they're willing to run it out long enough and don't try to cram each book into a single season (the 3rd book alone is like as long as the entire lord of the rings iirc)

ciderpress, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

you think they ought to make it longer? u mad

thomp, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

not necessarily make it longer, just not do 1 book = 1 season when the books are of varying length and plot complexity (4th book could be cut down by a ton for example to make room for more stuff from the 3rd book)

ciderpress, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

They could just do more episodes for the season w/ the 3rd book. I don't see how they could split it up though.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Saturday, 27 March 2010 17:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

Gobbled up all the books on the recommendation of ILXors. I'm looking forward to the HBO show, but mostly I just want the new book! And then I guess there are two MORE of these books that he has to write, in-between blogging about the Jets and going to fantasy conventions? Sigh...

schwantz, Saturday, 27 March 2010 21:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

expected to air around this time next year, alongside the second season of Treme.

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 23:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Can't wait for the crossover episode.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 23:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Saturday, 19 June 2010 11:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 book = 1 season makes total sense

they can make that work

delanie griffith (s1ocki), Saturday, 19 June 2010 11:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

also hbo shows arent always 1 season = 1 year

sopranos took long breaks

delanie griffith (s1ocki), Saturday, 19 June 2010 11:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Never read the books, but pretty keen on watching this.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Saturday, 19 June 2010 13:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

what is the point of this if the dude won't even finish the books???? Goddamn stop re-writing them already!!!

ears are wounds, Sunday, 20 June 2010 10:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

also hbo shows arent always 1 season = 1 year

sopranos took long breaks

― delanie griffith (s1ocki), Saturday, June 19, 2010 7:50 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

name one HBO show besides Sopranos that didn't/doesn't do a new season every year

fantast (ico) (some dude), Sunday, 20 June 2010 14:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

actually, I'll name another, Curb Your Enthusiasm, but i think that's it

fantast (ico) (some dude), Sunday, 20 June 2010 14:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Wire had a significant gap between seasons 3 and 4, but that was partly because they weren't sure if they were going to renew it.

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 June 2010 14:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

at this point, I am wondering if it might not be better if some talented cable TV writers finished this thing for him. I am losing faith that he has any idea where he is going with these books.

richie aprile (rockapads), Sunday, 20 June 2010 17:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

We should start bitching about the BSG/Lost style finalefail.

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 June 2010 17:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Turns out Tyrion is Jesus.

schwantz, Sunday, 20 June 2010 19:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

big love took a break right?

ian, Sunday, 20 June 2010 20:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

If it hasn't it needs to.

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 June 2010 20:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Carcetti is Littlefinger

That character means nothing to me obv.

orakle-krake (Gukbe), Monday, 12 July 2010 23:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

FUCK YEAH THAT IS BRILLIANT!!!!!

hot dub grime machine (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 July 2010 23:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that is good casting

richie aprile (rockapads), Monday, 12 July 2010 23:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

ditto

Really looking forward to this!

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 July 2010 02:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

more teasing

a cankle of rads (Gukbe), Monday, 13 September 2010 06:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

I hope this starts a trend of classy TV fantasy adaptations. Someone should do Perdido Street Station (though would be fucking expensive). Do these books have monsters and magic and shit, or is it just guys fighting with swords?

rhythm fixated member (chap), Monday, 13 September 2010 15:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

They have dragons and undead.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 13 September 2010 16:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

only in the first and last episodes of this season though, that saves you some money right there

thomp, Monday, 13 September 2010 16:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

perdido street station feels basically like a miniseries already! which is unfortunate in that the other bas-lag stuff wouldn't really work as further series of.

thomp, Monday, 13 September 2010 16:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

xxp:

Besides Daenarys and the surviving Starks, most characters have been presented as repugnant in some way. So none of their actions should be taken as an endorsement.

I suspect a depiction like GRRMs, and which the director failed to achieve (non-consensual advances that suddenly become consensual) would paint the screenwriter/showrunner in a worse light.

There's still a number of female characters with way more agency than their male counterparts, even if only a couple get to swing swords on the regular.

As for the token nudity, the show could stand more sexual equality. Perhaps we'll see Olenna Redwyne's nubile houseboys (guessing here, haven't read) ahould the show visit Highgarden.

Congratulations! And my condolences. (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:23 (Yesterday) Permalink

Ramsay was really great in the dungeon scenes; felt like it overstepped into ham territory with his father though

― 龜, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:34 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i think the dude who plays him is pretty lame, for one, he looks like every other dude around his age on the show, like exactly, and for two, yeah, ham city

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 04:31 (Yesterday) Permalink

Ham City. Porktown. The Big Oinker. We all had names for the place. But what went down there was no side of bacon.

Quinoa Phoenix (latebloomer), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 04:42 (Yesterday) Permalink

Michael McElhatton is great as Roose, though, so that helps.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 04:47 (Yesterday) Permalink

Yeah he has the perfect voice

Quinoa Phoenix (latebloomer), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 04:50 (Yesterday) Permalink

totally. ramsay should be more roosey.

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:00 (Yesterday) Permalink

also this tweet is otm https://twitter.com/nicole_cliffe/status/458042660993789953

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:01 (Yesterday) Permalink

Well, it's well-established that he's a bit of a doppleganger for Ted Leo

Walter Galt, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:25 (Yesterday) Permalink

well-established in all the best circles

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:54 (Yesterday) Permalink

I don't mind Ramsay but at the same time roose has such a sinister creepy terence stamp thing going that he feels a bit lightweight in comparison.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:20 (Yesterday) Permalink

The book definitely characterizes the Boltons/Bolton-Snows that way.

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:39 (Yesterday) Permalink

Littlefinger's accent has definitely become more ridiculous this season, right?

Matt DC, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:11 (Yesterday) Permalink

Littlefinger was using the same tone of voice he used to deliver his "chaos is a ladder" speech - which may have been the last we saw of his character at the end of last season?

I remain unmoved by the 'rape' scene. It was grim, but in this show it didn't strike me as being something that stood out of place, particularly.

painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture (DavidM), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:28 (Yesterday) Permalink

It seems even thicker than at the end of last season though.vIt's kind of puzzling that in the course of shooting his scenes no one is like "TIME OUT dude why are you talking like that?"

Hadrian VIII, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:32 (Yesterday) Permalink

i enjoy the weird accent. the show has made him much more of a pantomime villain and i am fully behind the theatre of it.

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:46 (Yesterday) Permalink

Inbetween last season and this, we watched the Wire, which has made Littlefinger all the more puzzling.

lauded at conferences of deluded psychopaths (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:06 (Yesterday) Permalink

Gillen is not a good actor. He just about got away with it in The Wire but he's been terrible (and bizarrely-accented) in everything he's done since then

Number None, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:11 (Yesterday) Permalink

i thought he was great in the wire!

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:12 (Yesterday) Permalink

Don't get me wrong, his accent, and acting in the Wire were both weird. I had no idea he was in it until the episode he appeared.

lauded at conferences of deluded psychopaths (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:13 (Yesterday) Permalink

he was great in Queer as Folk (which was obviously forever ago, but still)

gyac, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:19 (Yesterday) Permalink

I thought he was quite good in that Statham/Considine flick (the name of which escapes me). Ropey accent aside I think he's a very good Littlefinger.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:40 (Yesterday) Permalink

Yeah, I think he's a great fit for Littlefinger. Just wish he could pick one accent.

djenter the dragon? (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:40 (Yesterday) Permalink

lol I hated this guy and his chicken-faced g/f in the Wire, he's only slightly less irritating here. such a silly actor.

How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:41 (Yesterday) Permalink

his silliness as littlefinger is kinda perfect for the role tbh. also you better not be talking abt my girl brandy burre.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:46 (Yesterday) Permalink

his chicken-faced g/f in the Wire

If you are referring to D'Agostino then we should have words, outside.

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:49 (Yesterday) Permalink

Brandy Burre in a blonde wig:

How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:51 (Yesterday) Permalink

shakey you really love to make fun of the way women look

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:53 (Yesterday) Permalink

I can make fun of you too if you like

How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:57 (Yesterday) Permalink

in my defense I reserve it for people on TV who are asking to be looked at

How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:58 (Yesterday) Permalink

christmas candy bar (al leong), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:59 (Yesterday) Permalink

tbf s1ocki it's only a select few he fantasizes torturing

balls, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 21:10 (Yesterday) Permalink

thx ethan

How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 21:10 (Yesterday) Permalink

anytime morbs

balls, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 21:12 (Yesterday) Permalink

Loved Gillen in Treacle Jr. He played a sweet, delusional outsider who may have a mental condition. Quite sad and funny film.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:15 (Yesterday) Permalink

does ilx have an ignore feature yet so i can opt to never see another shakey mo collier post again? thanks, mods

homosexual II, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:34 (Yesterday) Permalink

I feel like Dinklage's accent is a bit shaky too but he's just so charismatic that it's extremely easy to forgive. I feel similar about Gillen.

Doesn't Littlefinger travel a lot? Could that be an excuse for a wonky accent? Probably not. Some people pick up little bits of other accents very quickly and other people keep their original accent for decades in another country, I wonder how that works?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:49 (Yesterday) Permalink

The Baelish family came from Braavos. Arya's tutor was from Braavos and had an accent. Maybe Petyr's weird accent is a shorthand way of getting into how he changed his family sigil and disavowed his Eastern roots.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:02 (Yesterday) Permalink

Serious RetConning going on ITT...

schwantz, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:03 (Yesterday) Permalink

What are some nonspoilery examples of said retconning

polyphonic, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:09 (Yesterday) Permalink

I just mean trying to come up with a "reason" for Littlefinger's new accent. Seems more like dude just switched accents...

schwantz, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:13 (Yesterday) Permalink

LF has no personal connection to braavos tho, his family has been in Westeros for at least a couple generations and he was mostly raised at Riverrun so if anything he should sound like Catelyn.

@drakecatwatch (Clay), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:19 (Yesterday) Permalink

jeez shakey

dollar rave club (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:44 (Yesterday) Permalink

also this tweet is otm https://twitter.com/nicole_cliffe/status/458042660993789953

― socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:01 AM (10 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lmao

lag∞n, Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:26 (11 hours ago) Permalink

in the books i always pictured stannis as henry rollins

― humba (NZA), Thursday, April 19, 2012 3:22 AM (2 years ago) Bookmark

, Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:29 (11 hours ago) Permalink

stannis wouldn't fuck around in a band, he's too dour, more plausibly a former championship centre back

ogmor, Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:41 (11 hours ago) Permalink

Ha well I suppose there was already an ex punk on the show (rip wilko)

dollar rave club (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:50 (10 hours ago) Permalink

stannis is more like

christmas candy bar (al leong), Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:52 (10 hours ago) Permalink

hahahahahaha low blow man.

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:52 (10 hours ago) Permalink

davos is kind of like

christmas candy bar (al leong), Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:53 (10 hours ago) Permalink

Well that explains his antipathy towards pirates and smugglers xxp

, Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:55 (10 hours ago) Permalink


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