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

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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

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

So is each season going to be one book?

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

God, I hope not. To me the best way to do it would be to break it down and rearrange in a linear timeline. Jump around between characters, like any good television drama with a ton of characters tends to do.

get off my lawn (rockapads), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

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.

yes because there have been so, so many live action fantasy movies recently

BIG MUFFIN (gbx), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 18:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

still lolling at "muted color palette of LotR"

Yeezy reupholstered my pussy (DJP), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 18:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's not fantasy, it's HBO

A decent little write-up about the 10-minute making of that premiered and also the branding of the show.

Gukbe, Monday, 6 December 2010 05:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh, and that Inside of Game of Thrones featurette:

Gukbe, Monday, 6 December 2010 05:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

This looks so good. I really, really hope it succeeds and gets George off his fat ass to finish the story before they catch up.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 6 December 2010 17:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

April cannot come soon enough.

schwantz, Monday, 17 January 2011 17:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

im still peeved they didnt get tamzin merchant to play daenerys. her replacement doesnt look inbred enough imo. at least they got the iron throne right.

and yes this will be just for nerds.

, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 00:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hopefully it will do for us nerds who haven't read the books as well.

Rejoice that you weren't eaten (chap), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 00:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

i have the speakers off, did they cut this trailer to 'power'

this looks so awful. the throne of swords is a pretty stupid idea for a visual and this is not executed in any way that'd serve to redeem that

thomp, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 10:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I pulled out my old copy to read again before the adaption starts and I'd totally forgotten I have an autographed copy.... lol.

'what are you, the Hymen Protection League of America?' (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

hi five!

VegemiteGrrl, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:27 (4 years 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 (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (5 days ago) Permalink

sorry, meant for spoiler thread

Is It Any Wonder I'm Not the (President Keyes), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:23 (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (5 days ago) Permalink

GRRM is a lib

Is It Any Wonder I'm Not the (President Keyes), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:54 (5 days 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 (5 days ago) Permalink

Though of course GRRM totally reminds me of John Milius.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:01 (5 days ago) Permalink

oh shit yes!

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:02 (5 days ago) Permalink

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

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:39 (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (5 days ago) Permalink

i had no idea he had a sports machine!

lag∞n, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:47 (5 days ago) Permalink

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

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:51 (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (4 days ago) Permalink

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

, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:13 (4 days 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 (4 days ago) Permalink

deleted scene screengrab

are... are you saying you fucked a gazelle? (slothroprhymes), Friday, 27 March 2015 16:43 (2 days ago) Permalink

ladies... hello

lag∞n, Friday, 27 March 2015 16:48 (2 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 (2 days ago) Permalink


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