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 (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

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

Spoiler?

Evan, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 03:01 (Yesterday) Permalink

handwringing over this ep is hilarious

resulting post (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 03:06 (Yesterday) Permalink

Stop enabling fictional rape with your amused indifference

Quinoa Phoenix (latebloomer), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 03:23 (Yesterday) Permalink

handwringing over this ep is hilarious

that's...a pretty shitty stance to take towards people talking about media depiction of rape? like i understand that my tendency to have a stereotypically Humorless Feminist response to this isn't going to be shared by everyone, but maybe you could meet me halfway and not belittle my reaction by calling it handwringing?

reddening, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 04:31 (Yesterday) Permalink

I don't think he was belittling anyone specifically? There has been more than one person ITT criticizing the show, what makes you think he was singling you out?

Quinoa Phoenix (latebloomer), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 04:51 (Yesterday) Permalink

i know he's not singling me out, but i'm a participant in this collective "handwringing" and i think it's a shitty way to categorize a discussion about the depiction of rape.

reddening, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 05:04 (Yesterday) Permalink

Fair enough!

Quinoa Phoenix (latebloomer), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 05:06 (Yesterday) Permalink

If you're talking about daenerys, in the book their first time occurs after she requests not to have sex, then drogo rubs on her (sensually), and then the implication is that she's "into it" and they're good to go. which is pretty absurd and gross (she's 12-13 for one thing).

the comment of mine you replied to specifically says "after their first time". that aside, I don't have any problem with the point you raised wrt her age & ability to consent in the text (also the fact she was literally sold to him).

I feel really sorry for him.

So do I, and I hated his rape/castration scene and then all the subsequent jokes made about it (lol genital mutilation) but some people just can't get enough of those...

gyac, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:07 (Yesterday) Permalink

Thought the Theon/Ramsay scene was one of the best in episode 1 and that Ramsay is working out in ways he really shouldn't have.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:16 (Yesterday) Permalink

Ramsay was really great in the dungeon scenes; felt like it overstepped into ham territory with his father though

, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:34 (Yesterday) Permalink

littlefinger cracking me up so much after two lines i've had to pause it

r|t|c, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:42 (Yesterday) Permalink

Can we call him Long John Littlefinger now since he fancies himself a pirate

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:47 (Yesterday) Permalink

I'm with reddening. The bad taste in my mouth wrt this show has become too bitter to ignore.

Khamma chameleon (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:15 (Yesterday) Permalink

I feel like a bad person for not really feeling in any way remotely upset, annoyed or offended by any of the scenes in this show.

1 pONO 3v3Ry+h1n G!!!1 (dog latin), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:38 (Yesterday) Permalink

The notorious Buffy/Spike attempted rape in Season 6 is my personal line in the sand for this kind of stuff, and while I don't feel as strongly about this particular instance as I did about that, it still feels gross and unnecessary and has now taken me out of the show even more than the crazy amounts of boobage and whatever else

now granted I'm a hypocrite because I know I'll still watch the show...I kept watching buffy after that too...but now I'm just kinda along for the ride and consciously not invested in any kind of escapism that the show offered me before now. like, I have their number, I know there's an angle now, and it'll be a lot easier for me to dip out if I do eventually lose interest

idk

maybe that's not a very good explanation but

yeah, so that's me

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00 (17 hours ago) Permalink

i can certainly sympathize with anyone offended by the show in general--it's basically packed with cravenly gratuitous violence and sex. we all draw that line where we will. but for me it's so pulpy and basically absurd that i can only be amused at it. it doesn't even really approach anything genuinely transgressive, in either a positive or negative sense.

wish they'd divert a little bit of the t&a budget to find a way to film a genuinely exciting action scene.

ryan, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:19 (16 hours ago) Permalink

yeah. the big showdown with nu-Dany hunk guy was basically the opening of Troy. but it was also fairly well done and i like Troy so

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:22 (16 hours ago) Permalink

It was better! I did like that scene.

ryan, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:23 (16 hours ago) Permalink

xxp:

Besides Daenarys and the surviving Starks, most characters have been presented as repugnant in some way. So none of their actions should be taken as an endorsement.

I suspect a depiction like GRRMs, and which the director failed to achieve (non-consensual advances that suddenly become consensual) would paint the screenwriter/showrunner in a worse light.

There's still a number of female characters with way more agency than their male counterparts, even if only a couple get to swing swords on the regular.

As for the token nudity, the show could stand more sexual equality. Perhaps we'll see Olenna Redwyne's nubile houseboys (guessing here, haven't read) ahould the show visit Highgarden.

Congratulations! And my condolences. (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:23 (16 hours ago) Permalink

Ramsay was really great in the dungeon scenes; felt like it overstepped into ham territory with his father though

― 龜, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:34 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i think the dude who plays him is pretty lame, for one, he looks like every other dude around his age on the show, like exactly, and for two, yeah, ham city

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 04:31 (12 hours ago) Permalink

Ham City. Porktown. The Big Oinker. We all had names for the place. But what went down there was no side of bacon.

Quinoa Phoenix (latebloomer), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 04:42 (12 hours ago) Permalink

Michael McElhatton is great as Roose, though, so that helps.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 04:47 (12 hours ago) Permalink

Yeah he has the perfect voice

Quinoa Phoenix (latebloomer), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 04:50 (12 hours ago) Permalink

totally. ramsay should be more roosey.

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:00 (3 hours ago) Permalink

also this tweet is otm https://twitter.com/nicole_cliffe/status/458042660993789953

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:01 (3 hours ago) Permalink

Well, it's well-established that he's a bit of a doppleganger for Ted Leo

Walter Galt, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:25 (2 hours ago) Permalink

well-established in all the best circles

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:54 (2 hours ago) Permalink

I don't mind Ramsay but at the same time roose has such a sinister creepy terence stamp thing going that he feels a bit lightweight in comparison.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:20 (45 minutes ago) Permalink

The book definitely characterizes the Boltons/Bolton-Snows that way.

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:39 (26 minutes ago) Permalink


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