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

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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 (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 (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

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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

still lolling at "muted color palette of LotR"

Yeezy reupholstered my pussy (DJP), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 18:09 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh, and that Inside of Game of Thrones featurette:

Gukbe, Monday, 6 December 2010 05:49 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

April cannot come soon enough.

schwantz, Monday, 17 January 2011 17:21 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

hi five!

VegemiteGrrl, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

also that counts as a humblebrag, right? ;)

VegemiteGrrl, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dr Bashir! :D

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 26 July 2014 04:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yeah that was a DAMNED smart move. I wonder if they just approached him directly.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 26 July 2014 05:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

there had been fan wishing but those things usually never pan out, much to nathan fillion's chagrin

balls, Saturday, 26 July 2014 05:34 (1 month ago) Permalink

Surprised this hadn't been linked yet

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 26 July 2014 05:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

OK, so I had really avoided this whole thing because I never read the books, and we cut the TV cable long ago in my house; as a phenomenon it was totally passing me by. Then, as more people whose taste I trust started talking about it, I decided, "May as well give it a shot, starting with the books" and . . . man, I am ALL IN. Since the last week of July I've read A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings, and just downloaded A Storm of Swords today. I also d/l'ed the first episode from iTunes to see how it translated, and was so impressed with the production and casting I went to a used place and bought Season 1 on Blu-Ray.

It's not often I come across a sci-fi or fantasy world builder who seems to have fully thought through everything before s/he even puts pen to paper, but this is definitely one of the times.

Welcome to my spooooooky carnival! Hope I don't... blow your mind! (Phil D.), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 16:54 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

lol, oh Phil, I get what you are saying, but as you get further in, you'll quickly realize that GRRM is very far from having thought everything through.

Bus Sex Teen Busted After Queef Beef (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 16:58 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Oh god, those three posts are the saddest thing I've seen all day.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 17:16 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

lol

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 12 August 2014 17:49 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

It's not often I come across a sci-fi or fantasy world builder who seems to have fully thought through everything before s/he even puts pen to paper, but this is definitely one of the times.

yeah this only applies to the first 3 books unfortunately, after that it starts to unravel so proceed at yr own risk. or just watch the show which will likely do a better job with the later material using the power of hindsight

ciderpress, Tuesday, 12 August 2014 18:47 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Be aware that the show introduces a fistful of other problems, though.

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLEEE (Leee), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 18:48 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

STOP KICKING THE PUPPY GUYS

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 19:00 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

first three books are a tour de force of plotting that would be hard to match. they're also Act I so imo it's way too soon to tell whether or not grrm's flailing.

resulting post (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 21:54 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah it's only been nearly 20 years - way too soon!

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 12 August 2014 21:57 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

not sure how the start date's relevant? high point would have been ten years ago, low point would have been three years ago. we're in the baggy middle now and we'll find out soon enough whether it all pays off like it did in book three or goes pear shaped.

resulting post (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 23:06 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

if you can't finish your shit in 20 years you are flailing QED

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 12 August 2014 23:39 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Well, he did finish several books, just not the 'last' one.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 12 August 2014 23:44 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

OK no spoilers but for fuck's sake is Sansa ever NOT a moron?

Welcome to my spooooooky carnival! Hope I don't... blow your mind! (Phil D.), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

She has been entirely moronic up to now but I sort of feel she has the potential to get the better of Machiavellian genius Littlefinger if only because LF clearly has a weakness for Stark girls.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

I've always felt sympathy for Sansa because she's the character that was most invested in the fairytale idea and then had it ripped away again and again. Like a viewer who thinks "oh fantasy and knights and princesses this will be fun oh god oh god"

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

I think it's uncharitable to call her a moron, she's a child at the mercy of horrible events beyond her control. She's just not a total badass like her sister.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

seems like the obvious course of sansa's arc is for her to keep being dragged along until she suddenly snaps and does something badass at a key moment using all the knowledge she's absorbed while in pseudocaptivity

ciderpress, Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:09 (1 week ago) Permalink

I read that as paedocaptivity.

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLEEE (Leee), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:28 (1 week ago) Permalink

you're not wrong

Dokken played here for a Ribfest and people were total assholes (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:28 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yeah, I guess "moron" is uncharitable, but she seems to be horrible at both practicing and reading the courtly manners she's so concerned with all the time. Like, Tyrion didn't ask for ________ any more than she did, but yeesh, girl, come on.

Welcome to my spooooooky carnival! Hope I don't... blow your mind! (Phil D.), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

or she becomes Littlefinger's mini-me and, at a crucial juncture, acts in what she perceives as her own best interests with catastrophic results for others.

resulting post (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:49 (1 week ago) Permalink

She's there to show the audience how monsters are created, I think. First terrified, then sulking and resentful, then gradually more calculating, devious and eventually destructive. This is what happens when you grow up a pawn of castle intrigue, and the endpoint I suppose is Cersei

Brakhage, Thursday, 21 August 2014 22:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

No intended spoilers there, I'm just guessing where she's heading

Brakhage, Thursday, 21 August 2014 22:28 (1 week ago) Permalink


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