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 (5 years ago) Permalink

It will for this nerd!

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:15 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

this might be dope

carne asada, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

are the books good?

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

YES

Bunsen burner, bubbles, IT'S ALIVE! whaaaaa-? (HI DERE), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:21 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

GOOD GOOD

The other side of genetic power today (Laurel), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING FROM ILX

The other side of genetic power today (Laurel), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:24 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

Third book is probably the best.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'd agree with that

Bunsen burner, bubbles, IT'S ALIVE! whaaaaa-? (HI DERE), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:40 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

you think they ought to make it longer? u mad

thomp, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:42 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 book = 1 season makes total sense

they can make that work

delanie griffith (s1ocki), Saturday, 19 June 2010 11:49 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

rhythm fixated member (chap), Saturday, 19 June 2010 13:11 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 June 2010 17:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

Turns out Tyrion is Jesus.

schwantz, Sunday, 20 June 2010 19:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

big love took a break right?

ian, Sunday, 20 June 2010 20:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

If it hasn't it needs to.

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 June 2010 20:09 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

FUCK YEAH THAT IS BRILLIANT!!!!!

hot dub grime machine (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 July 2010 23:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that is good casting

richie aprile (rockapads), Monday, 12 July 2010 23:22 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

more teasing

a cankle of rads (Gukbe), Monday, 13 September 2010 06:25 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

They have dragons and undead.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 13 September 2010 16:06 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

Arya didn't recognize the face staring back at her from the mirror. Who was this stranger, this well-bred daughter of ghosts? She lifted Needle from her side and pointed it at the shiny silver rectangle. Her reflection pointed right back at her. Arya lowered Needle and tilted her head. I could get used to this, she thought. It’s very neutral, very plain, but clean! I have clean hair that actually moves. She shook out her hair and watched each strand fall over her shoulders, spilling out of her scalp like memories of Winterfell, of King's Landing, of several lives never fully lived yet which lead her to where she is now. I am me again, she thought. But who am I?

"Time will tell," Arya declared, stowing Needle at her side with one hand and wiping the garlicky grease from her beard with the other.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 22:13 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

you are a little too good at this

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 22:46 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

You know, given how long GRRM takes between books...

Romo... ROMO! Bring Back Sergio Romo! (Leee), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 23:05 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I could do this all day. And if I did, I too could compose a thousand page boilerplate fantasy novel.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 23:13 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

This is some Bored Of The Rings quality japing, my good scribe

a date with density (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 23:15 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I think Ser Jon has singed your honour, Maester Josh. Duty obliges you to slash his doublet.

Romo... ROMO! Bring Back Sergio Romo! (Leee), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 23:22 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Ser Jon first lay with a cow when he was but one year past his naming day. He could not speak to the quality of the experience, but he recalled it fondly each time he crossed a field or chewed on the finest cut of Pytherion-aged steak. Jon chuckled to himself, his mead splashing across the table and onto the stranger who sat quietly, staring. And staring still, but quiet no more. "You fool, your laughter has made you sloppy," said the stranger. Ser Jon noted his hands were out of sight, surely reaching for a blade or battle axe. "Is that so?" Jon responded, slowly grasping his own blade, a Slyteethian dager carved from a single shard of Stingslate. "That is indeed so," said the stranger as he lowered his cloak, the scars across his face revealing no craven but a battle scarred warrior. "Might you share with me what you found so funny?"

"Indeed I will," said Ser Jon. "I was thinking back to the day I became a man. She was a fine cow, she was."

The stranger sneered. "You lay down with a cow?"

"At least, I think it was a cow," replied Ser Jon. "I had imbibed much mead that morning, so I may have been mistaken, but as dark as the pre-sun light may have been, my loins would tell no untruth. It was a cow, and it was indeed lovely. And by cow ..." Jon stood, dagger at the ready. "I mean ... your momma."

"Ooooh," cried the Inn's crowd. "You just got burned!"

"Speak not of fire," said the man, rising to his feet. "I don't like it. It is hot. Not unlike ... your sister!'

"Oh, snap!" roared the crowd. "Are you going to take that?"

Ser Jon raised his goblet to his lips, took a big swig and wiped the liquid from his beard. "I like the mettle of this man," he declared. "Rather we both be friends than both lie bleeding on this dirty floor."

"Sounds good to me," said the stranger."

"It's all good," said Ser Jon.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 23:36 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

The great Horn of Aroo sounded. "Aroooooooooo," went the horn.

Evan, Thursday, 12 March 2015 01:07 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Really wondering what it's going to be like on the Lannister's side, they've been in power so long that it's going to be odd seeing them scramble to pick up the pieces and defend themselves from Dorne family. Also seeing Stannis and Littlefinger becoming players and what Varys is going to do when he's not officially serving. Really looking forward to this.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 21 March 2015 20:02 (1 week ago) Permalink

I just discovered there's no Bran in the upcoming season and it's the best news I've had all week.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:08 (1 week ago) Permalink

Hopefully no Sansa, Khaleesi, or Jon Snow either

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

yeah hopefully none of the characters are in it, just the title sequence for an hour.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

13 straight episodes of the hound's corpse decomposing in real time iirc

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:01 (1 week ago) Permalink

i am hoping this season has more prominent roles for munch and ice t

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

I must be one of the very few people who actually likes Daeneyrs' storyline. I don't think Emilia Clarke is very good though.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:07 (1 week ago) Permalink

the dany storyline is good imo, but what's left of it from the books (without being specific) is prob gonna elicit many of the same complaints it did last season, and clarke's acting, while basically decent and occasionally v effective, is not quite up to the task in terms of making the political aspects of it compelling as television

slothroprhymes, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:15 (1 week ago) Permalink

No Sansa? Even with her seemingly becoming Littlefinger's partner in crime? I'm looking forward to that.

I've read there are some radical forthcoming changes from the books because Feast and Dance are so sprawling and fans generally seem to have found them disappointing and overlong.
I read a spoiler last year about the "Stoneheart" stuff and I'm gutted they're not doing it in the tv show because that sounded like one of the most awesome things to ever happen in the story (if you don't know, it's probably best not to look it up because, who knows, they might play that card later). Their reasons for cutting it sounded fair, but still, it seems like they are leaving out one of the major highlights.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:30 (1 week ago) Permalink

The Stoneheart thing is a great reveal but GRRM has done nothing with it for like two books now.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:48 (1 week ago) Permalink

Take it to the spoilers thread gents

, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yah sorry, was tryig to be oblique but still a bit out of order I realise.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:51 (1 week ago) Permalink

I'm a bit worried, the showrunners seem to know what they're doing (they're adamant about keeping it down to 7 seasons even though HBO wants 10) and can improve on lots of things but I think it might be a lot weaker if they don't have finished books to adapt.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:02 (1 week ago) Permalink

tbh you could flip it and say the books might turn out better this way

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:08 (1 week ago) Permalink

Could go either way; the showrunners are certainly less self-indulgent than George, but they've yet to prove they can come up with the same calibre of concepts and twists.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

Luckily, we've been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading. And so we'll eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going; there might be a few deviations along the route, but we're heading towards the same destination. I kind of wish that there were some things we didn't have to spoil, but we're kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. The show must go on ... and that's what we're going to do.

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:14 (1 week ago) Permalink

I'm glad. The show is much better than the books. Now Martin can focus on the plot twists and not waste his time embedding them in thousands of pages of purple prose

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:20 (1 week ago) Permalink

dragons melt the ice, everyone surfs. the end.

Is It Any Wonder I'm Not the (President Keyes), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:22 (1 week ago) Permalink

sorry, meant for spoiler thread

Is It Any Wonder I'm Not the (President Keyes), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:23 (1 week ago) Permalink

But aren't a lot of the best and funniest lines taken from the books? Maybe George Will script more of the show.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:25 (1 week ago) Permalink

Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring reminds me so much of Color Of Spring and Spirit Of Eden that I keep subconsciously anticipating a late Talk Talk flavoured ending.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:28 (1 week ago) Permalink

Maybe George Will script more of the show.

oof, unfortunate capital W there!

Josh in Chicago, can you pull off a George Will game of thrones pastiche?

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

George Will might have scripted that rape scene with Jaime and Cersei

Is It Any Wonder I'm Not the (President Keyes), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:48 (1 week ago) Permalink

I have not got a clue about George RR Martin's politics, if any, but flags get waved in his books while he writes about hard times. He is no craven, and the recitation of beheadings and other problems always seems punctuated by a bleak, dire warning: "Winter is coming."

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:51 (1 week ago) Permalink

(I think the only George Will I've ever read is his boneheaded Springsteen review.)

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

GRRM is a lib

Is It Any Wonder I'm Not the (President Keyes), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:54 (1 week ago) Permalink

That was my almost word for word echo of the George Will Bruce essay. "I have not got a clue about Bruce Springsteen's politics," etc.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

Though of course GRRM totally reminds me of John Milius.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:01 (1 week ago) Permalink

oh shit yes!

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:02 (1 week ago) Permalink

Hadn't heard of George Will. Don't fancy the sound of him.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

he is a piece of shit but less of a lickspittle than David Brooks

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:42 (1 week ago) Permalink

gwill brings a fierce east coast posh intellectual wearin a bowtie game

and he also has a sports machine

https://screen.yahoo.com/george-f-wills-sports-machine-000000461.html

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:44 (1 week ago) Permalink

i had no idea he had a sports machine!

lag∞n, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

Don't know David Brooks either but I think I get the idea.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:51 (1 week ago) Permalink

GRRM has done nothing with it for like two books now

Chap, fixed that for your.

Common Street Screwers (Leee), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

Non-spoiler review of the first episode

http://io9.com/wow-game-of-thrones-season-5-is-even-darker-than-we-ex-1693422221

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

They're not kidding. I can't see shit

, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

You have tilt your laptop screen pretty far back to watch GoT season 5

who is dankey kang (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:22 (1 week ago) Permalink

deleted scene screengrab

are... are you saying you fucked a gazelle? (slothroprhymes), Friday, 27 March 2015 16:43 (6 days ago) Permalink

ladies... hello

lag∞n, Friday, 27 March 2015 16:48 (6 days ago) Permalink

that right there is a fun party

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 27 March 2015 17:05 (6 days ago) Permalink


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