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

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also theon never does anything interesting

─►.butt.tko (Lamp), Monday, 18 April 2011 16:51 (nine years ago) link

martin's not a great stylist, but i stopped noticing/caring about 1/3 of the way into GoT - that's not really why you read this stuff anyway

cum dude (Princess TamTam), Monday, 18 April 2011 16:51 (nine years ago) link

i had a hard time getting into Book 1 but was looking forward to this. It's great so far but have to agree with this:

"and the danerys + drago sequences came off like some harlequin skinemax weaksauce"

also, drago wedding fight scene was some Star Trek : TOS lolz but with tits and rape.

akm, Monday, 18 April 2011 17:45 (nine years ago) link

the title/credits sequence with the little clockwork gameboard showing all the locales is v. awesome imo. and supposedly it changes from episode to episode depending on where stuff's happening

ciderpress, Monday, 18 April 2011 19:09 (nine years ago) link

really? thats a nice touch!

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 19:19 (nine years ago) link

not sure if thats true, i just remember reading it somewhere

ciderpress, Monday, 18 April 2011 19:21 (nine years ago) link

i hope it's true...we'll have to check the next set of credits to see

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 19:25 (nine years ago) link

martin's not a great stylist, but i stopped noticing/caring about 1/3 of the way into GoT - that's not really why you read this stuff anyway

― cum dude (Princess TamTam), Monday, April 18, 2011 11:51 AM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

^word up

the zing cheese incident (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 18 April 2011 20:12 (nine years ago) link

This is why I don't read much fantasy lit. Wish I could get past it but I can't.

reggaeton for the painfully alone (polyphonic), Monday, 18 April 2011 20:13 (nine years ago) link

martin's prose is functional but he certainly does like to tell you what color people's doublets are.

difficult listening hour, Monday, 18 April 2011 20:17 (nine years ago) link

he likes to say "nearly a man grown"

the zing cheese incident (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 18 April 2011 20:20 (nine years ago) link

at least westeros' weird seasons thing invalidates the "she had seen barely thirteen summers" sort of thing because you just know he'd be dipping in that well like once per page

difficult listening hour, Monday, 18 April 2011 20:23 (nine years ago) link

dude is a perv tbh

the zing cheese incident (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 18 April 2011 20:27 (nine years ago) link

I was surprised to learn that he uses the word "fuck" in the books.

reggaeton for the painfully alone (polyphonic), Monday, 18 April 2011 20:40 (nine years ago) link

The robe completes the outfit. and he kind of looks like the playing robert baratheon

allmypulp, Monday, 18 April 2011 20:41 (nine years ago) link

for anyone who's watching this without reading the books and wants to get all the characters/houses/history straight, HBO has a great little viewers' guide that doesn't appear to spoil anything that's not pre-episode-1 backstory:
http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/#!/guide/houses/

ciderpress, Monday, 18 April 2011 21:29 (nine years ago) link

Video podcast with cast interviews and stuff: http://skyatlantic.sky.com/game-of-thrones/thronecast

Walter Galt, Monday, 18 April 2011 21:47 (nine years ago) link

this was terrible. so much hair gel. so many stupid accents. and the horselord wedding reception.

adam, Monday, 18 April 2011 22:04 (nine years ago) link

It was distracting how white Drogo's teeth were.

calstars, Monday, 18 April 2011 22:11 (nine years ago) link

Nah, the third book goes into great detail re: Dothraki dental plan.

i just watched the 25 minute making of that's on the HBO site (still having not seen the first ep) and I gotta say the guy who plays Drogo seems like a bro in all senses of the word.

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 18 April 2011 22:22 (nine years ago) link

dude is a klingon

akm, Monday, 18 April 2011 22:26 (nine years ago) link

Dude is also going to play Conan later this year.

He was in Stargate Atlantis, too. Nerd cred.

Walter Galt, Monday, 18 April 2011 22:30 (nine years ago) link

It was distracting how white Drogo's teeth were.

Someone else I was watching it with said this! What I noticed mostly was that his breasts are bigger than Danaerys'.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Monday, 18 April 2011 23:03 (nine years ago) link

Xpost aha that's where I recognize him from!

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:21 (nine years ago) link

OK watched it - was good! Also posts very much in character but Laurel otm re the wolf pups omg. The end was great too. I didn't have a problem with the nudity/boobage but I was a bit fan of Rome which has tons of that sort of thing so maybe I'm just used to it. I want the next one already! Damn.

ENBB, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:47 (nine years ago) link

Yeah see I have enjoyed Rome, Deadwood, all the HBO stuff...maybe it was more "boobs in broad daylight" then that was giving me hangups? Dunno.

VegemiteGrrl, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:52 (nine years ago) link

Biggest WTF moment - "The Dothraki have no word for thank you"

Number None, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:58 (nine years ago) link

Wait, why is that wtf? Irish Gaelic doesn't have a word for "no." Sort of. There are workarounds, but there's no direct translation for a flat No.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:05 (nine years ago) link

I'm Irish funnily enough. The line wasn't in the book and it just seemed really cheesy.

Number None, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:12 (nine years ago) link

Haha ilx being what it is, I wondered right after I said that if I was carrying coals to Newcastle. Haven't read the books in years so I can't remember exactly what was in them.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:17 (nine years ago) link

It was just like, really, that's the line you decide to add?

Number None, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:20 (nine years ago) link

you know damn well what was in the books--sex, violence and the occasional supernatural threat.

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:21 (nine years ago) link

and richly colored doublets

VegemiteGrrl, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:29 (nine years ago) link

YES but not line by line.

Actually watching the first ep reminded me of so many parts of the story that have really long and complex lines to play out. Some things are lengthy but straightforward, you can sort of see the gears turning already, but some things have SO MANY TWISTS TO GO and I'm feeling a slight tedium already because I know they just aren't fruitful lines of hope or progress for the characters.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:42 (nine years ago) link

has marc loi filed his review yet

thetan is cheatin (cozen), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 06:58 (nine years ago) link

For those wondering about Theon, he apparently does come into a lot more in the first six episodes. I reckon he'll have an awesome payoff in the books down the line as well.

Number None, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 09:54 (nine years ago) link

@PFTompkins
"Do something, fantasy Denis Leary! That kid saw us incesting each other!" #gameofthroenesonhbo

cum dude (Princess TamTam), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 10:10 (nine years ago) link

lol

ENBB, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 11:04 (nine years ago) link

http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/hbo-renews-game-of-thrones

Not great opening numbers, tho. Of course. I can't remember the last time a show I liked got great numbers.

Mordy, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 15:40 (nine years ago) link

The obvious expense of the show made a second season almost inevitable. It would have needed Terrier-like numbers to not get renewed. There's enough promise that I hope it builds an audience and does well. It looks like the kind of story I'd like to see through.

Gukbe, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 15:55 (nine years ago) link

It'll do well on home video. All scifi/fantasy stuff does.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 15:57 (nine years ago) link

the tra-la-la-la-la high fantasy stuff was a bit out of control. the stupid dothraki wedding looked like it was dreamed up by a 13-year old with a boner and a bad understanding of sex.

they call him (remy bean), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 15:58 (nine years ago) link

I'm not sure if you can fault the show for that though, it was pretty faithful to the description in the book. I mean, if you are objecting to the way it was shot or whatever, fair play, but I don't get people faulting the show for staying faithful to the source material.

"it was like that in the book" isn't an excuse for a film version sucking

there are many ways that scene could've been shot, and the way they decided to go was cheeeeze

Thats why I was asking, I was trying to understand why it bugged remy. The concept in general?


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