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

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'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 (5 years ago) Permalink

Can't wait for the crossover episode.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 23:43 (5 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

2 months pass...

Exclusive EW pics

Martin has penned the 8th episode.

Also EW On the Set

There's a new language or something that's better than Klingon it says.

Gukbe, Thursday, 18 November 2010 22:04 (4 years ago) Permalink


Looks nice and wintry

Number None, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 01:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't the guy in the first scene of the trailer also in the Lord of the Ring movies? I guess all "serious" fantasy movies/series now have to look kinda murky with muted colours, since LotR did that. Will anyone make a colourful fantasy movie anymore?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 10:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah thats sean bean... ive been reading the first book and im not a fantasy guy at all but its p. good... a lot of the early parts of the story take place in a wintery shithole, which limits your color choices... plus its kind of 'gritty' fantasy and they wanna convey that style/mood...

lotr movies were pretty colorful imo, like that part where they're in elfburg and the dwarf goes AND U HAVE MY AXE... lots of stuff actually... its just the color palette changes depending on context... i mean what do you want dude, rainbows over mount doom..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipr-wS5iBv0 (Princess TamTam), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 10:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Well, not necessarily, of course it depends on the story... It's just that every recent live action fantasy seems to have had a similar muted colour palette as LotR, as if gritty fantasy was suddenly the only choice. For example, based on the trailer the Avatar The Las

Tuomas, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

Well, not necessarily, of course it depends on the story... It's just that every recent live action fantasy seems to have had a similar muted colour palette as LotR, as if gritty fantasy was suddenly the only choice. For example, based on the trailer the Avatar The Last Airbender movie has the same kind of look even though the source material is actually quite colourful and fun.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

have you read the books? if there is one story that needs to look "gritty", it's this one.

get off my lawn (rockapads), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

Just speculation though, in case that sounded too spoilery.

Evan, Monday, 4 May 2015 14:46 (Yesterday) Permalink

I found it jarring how formidable the harpies were too. Like, unless it's revealed that they brought in ringer mercenaries from outside the city to wear their masks and kill dany's ppl, it's lame storytelling.

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Monday, 4 May 2015 15:25 (Yesterday) Permalink

the harpies outnumbered them but they still all died.

mizzell, Monday, 4 May 2015 15:28 (Yesterday) Permalink

It would have made more sense for the story if they resorted to more terrorism-style traps like a barrage of arrows/fire/oil or something. Why would a bunch of civilians with masks and daggers throw themselves at trained fighters in armor? Because masks and daggers is their "thing"? They acted like expendable henchmen instead of motivated terrorists with a cause.

OK I'm done nit picking now, promise.

Evan, Monday, 4 May 2015 15:54 (Yesterday) Permalink

The unsullied entered through a perpendicular passageway and were then capped in the middle by the harpy. Couldn't they have backed out of the same passage they entered from and taken the fight out in the open?

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 4 May 2015 16:18 (Yesterday) Permalink

seems like brothels are the worst place to go in westeros these days.

the faith militant are legit scary.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 4 May 2015 16:42 (Yesterday) Permalink

they are only a background presence in the books -- i like them getting more attention in the show

Mistah FAAB (sarahell), Monday, 4 May 2015 16:43 (Yesterday) Permalink

idk why I watch this anymore tbh but I do appreciate them foregrounding religion more. for a show/series extrapolated from medieval history the prior lack of an explicit political role for religious institutions was a headscratcher. Ditto the economy although that's a little more understandable (no one wants to see a bunch of talking heads blathering about interest rates and trade agreements)

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 May 2015 16:49 (Yesterday) Permalink

no one wants to see a bunch of talking heads blathering about interest rates and trade agreements

if they were disembodied and set on spikes, sure, why not?

Mistah FAAB (sarahell), Monday, 4 May 2015 16:51 (Yesterday) Permalink

lots has been made of the lannister's economic powers, and social classes, masters vs slaves, and etc. maybe finance is in the background, but economy is truly present in GoT.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 4 May 2015 16:54 (Yesterday) Permalink

previous rulers on the show (robert, tywin) have made numerous offhand references to needing to keep religion in its place, robert couldn't care less and tywin was a secularist. it makes sense that with the war winding down and its refugees seeking solace in something/anything and blaming everyone but the gods for their probs, that religion would take a firmer hold.

it gives the show a chance to have some allegorical relevance that it has not necessarily had in the past, as does the mission-accomplishedesque occupation of meereen by daenerys

slothroprhymes, Monday, 4 May 2015 16:59 (Yesterday) Permalink

xp absolutely, by the third episode of the first season budget meetings are happening!

makes me think of my favorite tyrion line about money when tywin names him master of coin: "a lifetime of enormous wealth doesn't mean i've had success managing it!

slothroprhymes, Monday, 4 May 2015 17:01 (Yesterday) Permalink

Characters that’ve disappeared:

Anguy
Balon Greyjoy
Benjen Stark
Beric Dondarrion
Brandon Stark
Brotherhood Without Banners
Brynden Tully
Edmure Tully
Gendry
Hodor
Ilyn Payne
Meera Reed
Osha
Rickon Stark
Thoros
Yara Greyjoy

Allen (etaeoe), Monday, 4 May 2015 17:09 (Yesterday) Permalink

Balon died last season, did he not?

Mistah FAAB (sarahell), Monday, 4 May 2015 17:11 (Yesterday) Permalink

balon greyjoy is still alive afaik, i would also be really surprised if we never saw the other greyjoys again

slothroprhymes, Monday, 4 May 2015 17:17 (Yesterday) Permalink

xp absolutely, by the third episode of the first season budget meetings are happening!

makes me think of my favorite tyrion line about money when tywin names him master of coin: "a lifetime of enormous wealth doesn't mean i've had success managing it!

― slothroprhymes, lundi 4 mai 2015 13:01 (15 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

#occupykingslanding afaic

Van Horn Street, Monday, 4 May 2015 17:17 (Yesterday) Permalink

Brynden Tully whereabouts is the least excusable loose end imo

Evan, Monday, 4 May 2015 17:24 (Yesterday) Permalink

Tyrion singing through the gag was hilarious. His best moment of the series so far.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 4 May 2015 18:15 (Yesterday) Permalink

I don't have the faintest clue how many Harpy people there are. I mean, did they just kill the majority of them?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 4 May 2015 18:17 (Yesterday) Permalink

I wonder how many days it takes each cast member to shoot all of their scenes in a season. Like a week? Each actor probably has about 20 minutes of screen time total each year.

Darin, Monday, 4 May 2015 18:18 (Yesterday) Permalink

Jaime and Bronn's task seems more impossible than it did before, I thought they were going to go openly and talk. It's a bit too crazy.

I'm really anxious about Varys. How is the poor guy coping with this?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 4 May 2015 18:22 (Yesterday) Permalink

I hope they cut to him knocking on a bathroom stall door back at the brothel "you almost done, buddy? you alright?"

Evan, Monday, 4 May 2015 18:33 (Yesterday) Permalink

a guy with varys's weight could well have digestive issues its tru

slothroprhymes, Monday, 4 May 2015 18:35 (Yesterday) Permalink

I meant that he thought Tyrion was still pissing in one.

Evan, Monday, 4 May 2015 18:36 (Yesterday) Permalink

I don't get how Cersei is summoning Littlefinger, and thus obviously knows where he is and what he is doing, and is therefore somehow cool with him having spirited Sansa away?

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 May 2015 18:38 (Yesterday) Permalink

nah i don't think she knows the extent of his plans. would also not put it past baelish to ignore her summons if he thought it was necessary

slothroprhymes, Monday, 4 May 2015 18:42 (Yesterday) Permalink

Jamie finally twigs that having a solid metal hand can be of some use in combat.

Intense episode, especially all of the swift, out-of-nowhere bad guy attacks. Though I would have expected Ser Lloras and his men to put up more of a fight.

Cersei stepping up and playing the game - using Tommon's ineffectual leadership to undermine Margery was a pretty good power play, though empowering a puritanical army to stamp out sinners is a preeetty risky strategy for her.

The Jon Snow/Melisandre scene was just weird. "I'm going to show you something", "not one of your visions", "nope" *whips out tits*

painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture (DavidM), Monday, 4 May 2015 18:57 (Yesterday) Permalink

The Jon Snow/Melisandre scene was just weird. "I'm going to show you something", "not one of your visions", "nope" *whips out tits*

ha ha my wife fell asleep for a split second during this scene and woke up thoroughly confused.

Darin, Monday, 4 May 2015 18:59 (Yesterday) Permalink

it's game of thrones, and boobs were exposed. seems pretty straight forward to me!

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 4 May 2015 20:15 (Yesterday) Permalink

economy of westeros is a murder + boobs-based economy

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 May 2015 20:17 (Yesterday) Permalink

jon snow if anyone needs 2 fuck its u

lag∞n, Monday, 4 May 2015 22:25 (Yesterday) Permalink

i mean u killed yr girl in tribal warfare its time to move on

lag∞n, Monday, 4 May 2015 22:25 (Yesterday) Permalink

^^^^real talk

gbx, Monday, 4 May 2015 23:16 (Yesterday) Permalink

Surely it's clear that Cersei doesn't know about Sansa?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 4 May 2015 23:56 (Yesterday) Permalink

ya its a secret

lag∞n, Monday, 4 May 2015 23:59 (Yesterday) Permalink

one wld think the word wld get back to her after the wedding tho

lag∞n, Monday, 4 May 2015 23:59 (Yesterday) Permalink

My brother thought that Littefinger's involvement in the marriage deal is a secret between him and the Bolton family even if the Lannisters know his basic whereabouts. But when everyone finds out that Sands is getting married who will they think handed her over?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 00:14 (10 hours ago) Permalink

Sorry Sansa, not Sands

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 00:15 (9 hours ago) Permalink

where does cersei think sansa is? just on the run by herself?

cis-het shitlord (Merdeyeux), Tuesday, 5 May 2015 00:19 (9 hours ago) Permalink

i mean u killed yr girl in tribal warfare

no he didn't

polyphonic, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 00:19 (9 hours ago) Permalink

whatever man idc

lag∞n, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 00:46 (9 hours ago) Permalink

I doubt that Cersei has thought out the consequences of her actions. She is gaining control over King's Landing at the cost of the city and whatever other areas it controls. Gutting her government's top ranks means that there are fewer qualified people in control. I doubt that giving power to a guy who can't control his own followers was a good idea.

Pretty convenient that the one guard she sent to Braavos was the one on Arya's list.

poxy fülvous (abanana), Tuesday, 5 May 2015 04:52 (5 hours ago) Permalink

queen Margaery is cute

akm, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 05:09 (5 hours ago) Permalink


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