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 (6 years ago) Permalink

It will for this nerd!

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:15 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

this might be dope

carne asada, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

are the books good?

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

YES

Bunsen burner, bubbles, IT'S ALIVE! whaaaaa-? (HI DERE), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:21 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

GOOD GOOD

The other side of genetic power today (Laurel), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING FROM ILX

The other side of genetic power today (Laurel), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:24 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

Third book is probably the best.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

I'd agree with that

Bunsen burner, bubbles, IT'S ALIVE! whaaaaa-? (HI DERE), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:40 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

you think they ought to make it longer? u mad

thomp, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:42 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

Can't wait for the crossover episode.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 23:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Saturday, 19 June 2010 11:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 book = 1 season makes total sense

they can make that work

delanie griffith (s1ocki), Saturday, 19 June 2010 11:49 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

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

rhythm fixated member (chap), Saturday, 19 June 2010 13:11 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

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

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 June 2010 17:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Turns out Tyrion is Jesus.

schwantz, Sunday, 20 June 2010 19:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

big love took a break right?

ian, Sunday, 20 June 2010 20:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

If it hasn't it needs to.

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 June 2010 20:09 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

FUCK YEAH THAT IS BRILLIANT!!!!!

hot dub grime machine (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 July 2010 23:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that is good casting

richie aprile (rockapads), Monday, 12 July 2010 23:22 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

more teasing

a cankle of rads (Gukbe), Monday, 13 September 2010 06:25 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

They have dragons and undead.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 13 September 2010 16:06 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

bloodied man buns and leather jerkins all along the bushwick horizon

Eugene Goostman (forksclovetofu), Monday, 23 November 2015 20:16 (6 months ago) Permalink

oh yeah i forgot he was deaded

kinder, Monday, 23 November 2015 21:03 (6 months ago) Permalink

HBO: We Did It For the Watch

Why because she True and Interesting (President Keyes), Tuesday, 24 November 2015 01:05 (6 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

starting the second episode of this, seems like a naturalistic lord of the rings or something

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Sunday, 27 December 2015 04:56 (5 months ago) Permalink

i feel like this would maybe be better with wizards in it

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Sunday, 27 December 2015 05:11 (5 months ago) Permalink

this is like downton abbey meets breaking bad

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Sunday, 27 December 2015 05:29 (5 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

nomar, Wednesday, 9 March 2016 00:15 (2 months ago) Permalink

Lookin' good.

Hadrian VIII, Wednesday, 9 March 2016 00:25 (2 months ago) Permalink

Ian McShane:

“You say the slightest thing and the internet goes ape. I was accused of giving the plot away, but I just think get a fucking life. It’s only tits and dragons.

They asked me if I wanted to do Game of Thrones and I said, 'Sure, I’ll be able to see my old pals Charlie Dance and Stephen Dillane’ and they said, 'No, we’ve killed them off.’ I wasn’t sure whether I could commit, but then they said it would only be for one episode, so I said, 'So that means I must die at the end of it. Great, I’m in.’ ”

impossible raver (Re-Make/Re-Model), Monday, 14 March 2016 18:37 (2 months ago) Permalink

"Mostly tits with the occasional dragon" more like

Οὖτις, Monday, 14 March 2016 18:41 (2 months ago) Permalink

that sounds like an adult version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 14 March 2016 18:52 (2 months ago) Permalink

i've been rewatching s1 for some reason and this criticism of goole's

the nobility were hardly ever alone. they were surrounded by their relatives, their staff, their households. the show is underpopulated. everyone seems to be in transit or being abducted between one of like five places, wouldn't they just run into each other in the middle?

really is funny: there's a scene where sean bean and carcetti are walking in a vast garden containing not a single other living soul save the identically dressed attendants raking the gravel, about 50% of whom carcetti points out as spies for one or other of the three people who walk in the garden and scheme. it's like borges.

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 14 March 2016 18:57 (2 months ago) Permalink

ha ha A contrast to Rome where there were always servants hanging around in the background even during the sex scenes

Blowout Coombes (President Keyes), Monday, 14 March 2016 19:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

king robert's fatal hunting party is also literally four people: the king, his ineffectual squire, his gay brother who hates hunting, and an old guy

unrelatedly, boy do people in this show do that thing where they walk away from the other guy in the scene and the other guy asks a weighted question and the first guy stops walking while a shot of his unhappy face captures his smug, blurry interlocutor over the shoulder

anyway i expect i'll be all caught up by the end of this week

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 14 March 2016 19:03 (2 months ago) Permalink

otoh Literally every scene in a royal palace is characters scheming so if there were a bunch of servants hanging around the internet would be complaining about how dumb the characters were for talking in front of them and so unrealistic and totally took me out of it

Blowout Coombes (President Keyes), Monday, 14 March 2016 19:07 (2 months ago) Permalink

not sure there's a better moment in s1 than when a conversation between carcetti and the eunuch (pretty sure this guy is the most reliable actor in the show btw) goes on and on and on with each line more pregnant with dramatic hostility than the one before it, until finally they get out of it by having renly bound in and yell WHAT ARE YOU TWO CONSPIRING ABOUT?

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 14 March 2016 19:10 (2 months ago) Permalink

will doubtless return to this with my tail wagging eager for more punishment

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

this is a killer for charades btw

ogmor, Monday, 14 March 2016 19:13 (2 months ago) Permalink

i've been rewatching s1 for some reason and this criticism of goole's

the nobility were hardly ever alone. they were surrounded by their relatives, their staff, their households. the show is underpopulated. everyone seems to be in transit or being abducted between one of like five places, wouldn't they just run into each other in the middle?

really is funny: there's a scene where sean bean and carcetti are walking in a vast garden containing not a single other living soul save the identically dressed attendants raking the gravel, about 50% of whom carcetti points out as spies for one or other of the three people who walk in the garden and scheme. it's like borges.

― denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, March 14, 2016 2:57 PM (6 hours ago) Bookmark

yeah the sense of scale is really small, way less than what i expected based on reading the books. maybe my mental imaginarium has been too influenced by the LotR movies idk

, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 01:42 (2 months ago) Permalink

in that respect (small scale) it's just myth ii: soulblighter, live action version

, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 01:52 (2 months ago) Permalink

i was thinking of vivec: monumental architecture, six people

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 15 March 2016 02:02 (2 months ago) Permalink

man i'm nerding out all over the early part of this thread, i'd forgotten

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 15 March 2016 02:03 (2 months ago) Permalink

the worst small scale shit in GoT was Dorne, which is apparently not a kingdom but a resort in its off season with some sand dunes over a nearby hill.

nomar, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 02:50 (2 months ago) Permalink

It's crazy to me that they set up a whole new unit in Spain to film...that

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Tuesday, 15 March 2016 03:01 (2 months ago) Permalink

GoT channeling borges gardens otm

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 17 March 2016 05:20 (2 months ago) Permalink

in that respect (small scale) it's just myth ii: soulblighter, live action version

― 龜, Monday, March 14, 2016 9:52 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm not sure what you mean by this but the fact that you brought this game up again makes me happy.
I've always drawn connections between the game and the series as well but I'm not sure why the scale is relevant.

Evan, Thursday, 17 March 2016 14:18 (2 months ago) Permalink

all the battles in game were pretty small (like less than 100 combatants)

, Thursday, 17 March 2016 16:04 (2 months ago) Permalink

Oh, got you. Yeah, though comparisons can be made beyond just that aspect. I think we've discussed this months ago here.

Evan, Thursday, 17 March 2016 16:18 (2 months ago) Permalink

I'm not sure what you mean by this but the fact that you brought this game up again makes me happy.

same --- i played a lot of online myth 2 in my freshman year of college. dorf riot uber alles

jason waterfalls (gbx), Thursday, 17 March 2016 17:20 (2 months ago) Permalink

goole has colonized my reactions to this show to the extent that i'm now yelling HUMANIZING MONOLOGUE!! to nobody four times an episode. they make me happy tho because i think of how happy they must make the actors.

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 17 March 2016 17:49 (2 months ago) Permalink

xpost

I played online a little bit but was a bit overwhelmed by the veterans there. CTF was nuts. However, I loved downloading plugins off of http://tain.totalcodex.net/ and combining them in all sorts of ways in singleplayer. Even had fun online playing with civil war tagsets. Definitely one of my fav games.

Evan, Thursday, 17 March 2016 17:55 (2 months ago) Permalink

i used to play the WWII one. throw yr nades!

, Thursday, 17 March 2016 17:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

hehehe

goole, Thursday, 17 March 2016 18:02 (2 months ago) Permalink

yes i will watch s6.

goole, Thursday, 17 March 2016 18:02 (2 months ago) Permalink

Yes! Love it. Wonder if it still has a community. I think so, as The Tain looks like it's got some new content as far as I can tell.

xxpost

Evan, Thursday, 17 March 2016 18:03 (2 months ago) Permalink

i used to play the WWII one. throw yr nades!

― 龜, Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:59 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

oh yah i loved this one

jason waterfalls (gbx), Thursday, 17 March 2016 19:24 (2 months ago) Permalink

So weird that from this point forward the show and books will be telling different stories. But then:

"So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point .... People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show."

How the fuck do they know what Martin will or won't include in future unwritten books?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:09 (2 months ago) Permalink

I imagine they're in contact with him enough to know the outlines of what he's going to do.

Jenny Ondioleeene (Leee), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:10 (2 months ago) Permalink

Sure, no doubt. But ... he's got hundreds, thousands of pages to write over the course of several years. There is no way the guy is going to stick to whatever script he has in mind and equally hard to believe he won't crib from theirs.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:31 (2 months ago) Permalink

equally hard to believe he won't die of a heart attack before he finishes

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:32 (2 months ago) Permalink

Maybe George actually has all the books written and he just gets off on withholding them

Number None, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 23:33 (2 months ago) Permalink

, Saturday, 26 March 2016 13:16 (2 months ago) Permalink

Haha that's great.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 26 March 2016 13:20 (2 months ago) Permalink

I mean maybe the show won't exactly spoil the books, but I find it hard to believe that the show will vary so greatly from the endgame of the books or answers to big questions like "who are Jon snow's parents?"

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Saturday, 26 March 2016 14:11 (2 months ago) Permalink

HBO jumping on the Talking Dead bandwagon by bringing in the Watch the Thrones podcast guys:

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/game-of-thrones-aftershow-bill-simmons-1201744931/

Gukbe, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 00:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

I thought if UK had one surely America would too.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 17:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

10k answers and no longer any spoiler issues; new season deserves a new thread, no?

ulysses, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 17:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

As I understand it the TV show will partly be ahead, but also partly behind?

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 18:42 (1 month ago) Permalink

It's already that way I think

Blowout Coombes (President Keyes), Tuesday, 5 April 2016 18:46 (1 month ago) Permalink


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