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

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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

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 (3 years ago) Permalink


Looks nice and wintry

Number None, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 01:01 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

So is each season going to be one book?

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

I mean, the season thing makes no sense fr instance

― How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, April 15, 2014 7:26 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

its magical fwiw

lag∞n, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:46 (Yesterday) Permalink

Latin is also magical fwiw

, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:51 (Yesterday) Permalink

otmious

lag∞n, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:53 (Yesterday) Permalink

it's magical! "fwiwiwiwiwiwiwiwiwiwiw"

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:57 (Yesterday) Permalink

also these fuckn dragons amirite? i mean COME ON

resulting post (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 01:11 (Yesterday) Permalink

You can do some hand wavey stuff about dragons and magic and I wont mind too much. When u posit that a world with irregular seasons would still have regular plants and animals as we know them I think you're just being stupid. Maybe this is handled more explicitly in the books or something.

How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 01:26 (Yesterday) Permalink

Shakey Mo Collier Draws Line In Sand

, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 01:29 (Yesterday) Permalink

i'll permit this much magic but not a drop more

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 01:47 (Yesterday) Permalink

For all we know in the "real" version of the world that the show portrays everyone is a ten foot tall amoeboid creature that speaks in hormones, but it's all translated back into a understandable form to us.

Quinoa Phoenix (latebloomer), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:33 (Yesterday) Permalink

Sorry, shouldn't have spoiled the ending of book seven like that.

Quinoa Phoenix (latebloomer), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:35 (Yesterday) Permalink

unrelated, but I noticed with some amusment that margery's wedding dress was the least booby thing she's worn in the entire show

Yeah, I hated it.

He settled on "Widow's Wail", didn't he? Something like that anyway.

Guh, I interpreted that as "Widow's Whale," and I've bloody read the books.

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:59 (Yesterday) Permalink

Widow's whale tail

, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:08 (Yesterday) Permalink

I think what is mostly bothering me about the irregular seasons is that everyone knows that winter is coming, and yet they are all using their resources on these bullshit wars. So the populace should have realized they will all probably starve to death, and should be in an uproar, but they're all so passive.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:17 (Yesterday) Permalink

I think only the old heads remember what the last winter is like

It's like as far away as WWII

, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:22 (Yesterday) Permalink

so totally unrealistic that the nation would waste its time + resources on bullshit wars instead of imminent climate disaster

Mordy , Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:25 (Yesterday) Permalink

Nothing like a good bullshit war to keep populations passive.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:25 (Yesterday) Permalink

Maybe the root material cause for the war was the failure of the houses to adequately prepare for averting starvation during the long winter, forcing them to shift at the last minute into pillage mode, also to try to grab what they could of Westeros's temperate regions.

jmm, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:41 (Yesterday) Permalink

So the Stark House's motto is 'Winter Is Coming', which is a pretty sensible, albeit glass-half-empty slogan. Do they change it during winter to 'Summer Is Coming'?

1 pONO 3v3Ry+h1n G!!!1 (dog latin), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:02 (Yesterday) Permalink

Winter Was Coming

ciderpress, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:09 (Yesterday) Permalink

"Winter Came"

djenter the dragon? (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:12 (Yesterday) Permalink

New slogan: everyone gets $600 back on their taxes

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:12 (Yesterday) Permalink

LOL!

schwantz, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:42 (Yesterday) Permalink

everyone knows that winter is coming, and yet they are all using their resources on these bullshit wars. So the populace should have realized they will all probably starve to death, and should be in an uproar, but they're all so passive.

imagine!

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:05 (Yesterday) Permalink

oh mordy did already carry on

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:06 (Yesterday) Permalink

you have to remember that there is a well-funded group that has a financial interest in suggesting that Winter is NOT coming, reminding everyone that Winter has come and gone in cycles for hundreds of millions of years, that the citizens of Westeros have nothing to do with it and should not worry about it at all.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:08 (Yesterday) Permalink

Lannisters == Kochs? (Pity that the Kraken sigil belongs to the Greyjoys.)

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:09 (Yesterday) Permalink

Wasn't there something like the old age of magic caused the seasonal irregularities?

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:14 (Yesterday) Permalink

I was under the impression that the winter isn't as bad in all parts of Westeros. Dorn stays warm all the time right?

mizzell, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:36 (Yesterday) Permalink

"the florida of westeros"

sitting on a claud all day gotta make your butt numb (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:36 (Yesterday) Permalink

In the 1970s National Geographic used to run articles about how Summer was coming

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:42 (Yesterday) Permalink

I imagine Dorne is like Southern Italy climate wise, ie gets a bit cold and grey but not really.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:06 (Yesterday) Permalink

^^
This kind of thing often bugs me about fantasy societies that seem to stay in technological stasis for 1000+ years.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:48 (Yesterday) Permalink

Who will be the Marx of Westeros?

, Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:30 (6 hours ago) Permalink

dragons, germs, and steel

ryan, Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:37 (6 hours ago) Permalink

Valyrian steel!

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:39 (6 hours ago) Permalink

Who will be the Marx of Westeros?

One of the Brotherhood Without Banners? Thoros, probably?

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:40 (6 hours ago) Permalink

This kind of thing often bugs me about fantasy societies that seem to stay in technological stasis for 1000+ years.

i know for sure that there are people around here who know a ton about this topic, but isn't that kinda the M.O. of the fantasy genre? as in: magic replaces or forestalls the industrial revolution indefinitely. or else the narrative seems driven by the end of the "era of magic" as a coming magic-less modernity replaces it. no idea whether/how GOT even fits into that, however.

ryan, Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:47 (5 hours ago) Permalink

Feel like the Maesters also have a monopoly on all technical knowledge and are probably not shy about maintaining it?

, Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:54 (5 hours ago) Permalink

Despite being magical in nature, the Wall is the site of some interesting technology -- I'm thinking mostly of the elevator -- and is beyond the Citadel's influence.

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:59 (5 hours ago) Permalink

The Eyrie also has an elevator type contraption

, Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:03 (5 hours ago) Permalink

i know for sure that there are people around here who know a ton about this topic, but isn't that kinda the M.O. of the fantasy genre?

That or it backtracks. Tolkien never delves too deeply into this -- I suspect it wasn't an area that he wanted to think over too much! -- but there's always a sense of heights long distant that have been lost. Essentially an oversimplified view of technological collapse after the Roman Empire leading into the 'Dark Ages,' so there's at most a tenuous maintaining of what's still around. (One thing that still impresses me a bit about LOTR is that it's a fairly empty landscape, strewn with ruins and the past.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:16 (5 hours ago) Permalink


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